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Drought Drains Lakeside’s Lindo Lake

In Lakeside there’s been recent thunder and lightning, flash-flood warnings, and ominous skies, but not a drop of rain in sight. It’s a sad scene at Lindo Park. The upper lake is almost completely dried up from drought and evaporation.

Lindo Lake was once San Diego's only natural lake, filled every year by the runoff of Quail Canyon Creek until it was dammed up to create Lake Jennings.

According to a recent news release posted by SD County Parks, part of the lake will be allowed to dry up; only “the west side” will be kept full. The community of Lakeside is hoping for an early rainy season to fill up the upper lake. The lower lake, however, is kept filled by two water pumps.

In 1887, the El Cajon Valley Land Company built a Hotel del Coronado-styled inn and developed a recreation area around the lake. Folks would come to enjoy duck-hunting, boating, and picnicking.

According to the Lakeside Historical Society website, “Droughts in the 1940s found the lake bed almost dry,” and since that time, city departments have sought methods of keeping the lake full.

Watch a video depicting the current state of Lindo Lake.

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In Lakeside there’s been recent thunder and lightning, flash-flood warnings, and ominous skies, but not a drop of rain in sight. It’s a sad scene at Lindo Park. The upper lake is almost completely dried up from drought and evaporation.

Lindo Lake was once San Diego's only natural lake, filled every year by the runoff of Quail Canyon Creek until it was dammed up to create Lake Jennings.

According to a recent news release posted by SD County Parks, part of the lake will be allowed to dry up; only “the west side” will be kept full. The community of Lakeside is hoping for an early rainy season to fill up the upper lake. The lower lake, however, is kept filled by two water pumps.

In 1887, the El Cajon Valley Land Company built a Hotel del Coronado-styled inn and developed a recreation area around the lake. Folks would come to enjoy duck-hunting, boating, and picnicking.

According to the Lakeside Historical Society website, “Droughts in the 1940s found the lake bed almost dry,” and since that time, city departments have sought methods of keeping the lake full.

Watch a video depicting the current state of Lindo Lake.

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Great article and video.

Aug. 17, 2012

Thank you for keeping us posted about our hometown!

Aug. 17, 2012

Wow, I always knew Lindo was shallow, but not to that extreme - when it's filled it can't be more than a foot or two deep, even out in the middle...

Aug. 17, 2012

This is just the latest in a series of unfortunate, shortsighted and downright shameful decisions regarding our community's defining recreational treasure. Redirecting Los Coches Creek for a housing development was the first blow.Then, when Lake Jennings was created by damming Quail Creek, an agreement should have been included that would provide a source of water to preserve Lindo Lake, the only natural fresh water lake in the county, in time of need. And now this most recent travesty: the County Parks Department should never have allowed the water to become so low without attempting to rescue and relocate the fish into the west basin. They knew what would happen to the fish. This was deliberate policy: "one possible option is to let the East basin go dry" was a statement made in a recent Parks Department posting; and a recent claim in The Californian by Christine Lafontant, the district manager responsible for maintaining Lindo Lake, that the only fish that died were carp (which I guess don't matter) is patently disingenuous. ALL the fish died-- excruciatingly no doubt-- in mere inches of water A few years ago when the East basin was low, water was pumped in. Why was this not done this year? Families come here to picnic and hold birthday parties, bike riders, joggers and strollers cruise the perimeter, migratory birds visit, anglers line the shore. Over the past hundred years Lakeside residents and other people from all over the county have enjoyed this beautiful lake and adjoining park. It is unconscionable that it is now being so willfully neglected and mismanaged. We locals need to make our voices heard and something needs to be done.

Aug. 21, 2012

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