Campsite Review: Sweetwater Summit Campground

Campsite Review Sweetwater Summit Campground

Campsite Review Sweetwater Summit Campground a San Diego County Regional Park in Bonita California. It is a very nice campground.

All campsites are in a small area south of Sweetwater Lake and spread out on a south-facing hillside near the California Highway 125 expressway (Tollroad). There are 112 sites on a sunny hillside in a layout that is similar to a forest service campground.

Sweetwater Summit Campground is in Bonita California, to the east of San Diego, at the east edge of the city, there are multiple stores of every type in every direction except east.

Sweetwater Summit is a very nice campground.


Website: Sweetwater Summit

Address: 3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, CA 91902

Link to Google Map for the area: Sweetwater Summit

Phone Number/Reservations: 877-565-3600  Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended well in advance for weekends. The park wasn’t totally full on the in the middle of the week, in early November, but it was close. Reservations on a summer weekend or holiday weekends are nearly mandatory.

Dates stayed: October 30 – November 9, 2020, also January 3 -8, 2020

Comfort: Temperatures were nice. Cool marine layer in the morning, in the late afternoon nice in the shade.

Elevation: 280′

Season: Year-Round

Price Paid: $33/ night not including reservation fee

Our Site: #114 also #145

Hook-ups: Electric / Water/ Sewer – 50 amp

Dump station: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Shower: Yes

Laundry: No

Potable Water: Yes

Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes

Cell service: Verizon – Strong Signal / AT&T – Strong Signal


Campsite Review: Sweetwater Summit Campground insider info:

The one item this campground lacks is a great view of the lake from right to the campsite. Unfortunately, you can’t see the lake from the campsites.

This may change in 2021 as we understand that a new section will be built. This could mean that there might be some construction in the near future. Of course, construction will create some noise. By the time you read this, it may be all over. Maybe then some sites will have a view of the lake.

This lake is also a major drinking water supply and there is zero water contact, including no boats. Fishing is allowed three days a week (except when a holiday is on these days) for a fee, along a 2.5-mile stretch of shoreline. Here is a link to the website: Sweetwater Authority

Give the proximity to the highway, our number one fear was road noise… we had none – well almost none, even though you could hear the loudest vehicles, they were not a problem. The sites further north are even further from the road have some noise; it is also not a problem.

Also there are no trains anywhere nearby.

Nearly all the sites in the north loop are plenty big enough to qualify as exceptionally private. Sites 61-67 qualify as huge.


This region abounds with both coyotes and rattlesnakes. Pets are in constant danger from both. Rattlesnakes are a danger to pets and humans. Make sure you watch your step. Rabbits are everywhere and that is why you have the prey animals.

Just keep an eye out for snakes, especially near the water. The weather here is nice enough that the snakes don’t den up as they do in other parts of the country, but they do lay flat on warm places in the winter and spring. That means the nice flat rocks and trails.


The campground has a very nice nature trail that goes in several directions. Mountain Bikes are ideal, or you can walk. The trails go south to the fishing area and north to a nice hilltop overlook. They are not long except the lakeshore trail that serves the fishing zone.

Fishing in the lake is allowed.

There is also a trail that links the campground to the little league fields and bike park by crossing a bridge over the highway. Just remember it is uphill the entire way when you are returning.


Site 70
Site 70
Site 114
Site 114
Site 117
Site 117
Site 130
Site 130

Layout & Satellite Views

Campsite Review Sweetwater Summit Layout
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Campsite Review Sweetwater Summit Satellite View
North Loops Layout
North Loops Layout
North Loops Satellite View
North Loops Satellite View
South Loop Layout
South Loop Layout
South Loop Satellite View
South Loop Satellite View

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