Kumeyaay Lake & Campground
2 Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119
Phone: (619) 668-2748
Hike: 1.8 miles out and back Level: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Kumeyaay Lake is located in Mission Trails Regional Park. It was originally a large Native American village in the 19th century. The archaeologists say it was probably there for a thousand years or maybe even longer. The remaining natives were rounded up 100 yrs ago and put on reservations in east county (Vielas)
Later it was used during a sand and gravel mining operation until the 1970’s, where it was then turned into a camping and fishing facility. Through rehabilitation, the area began growing willows along the shore, attracting the federally endangered Bell’s vireo.
Plants include the yellow Hooker’s evening primrose, the pink California wild rose, whitish-pink California buckwheat, a golden prickly pear, the white blooming yerba mansa, yellow dandelions and mustard, and pink thistles. Also look for curly dock, white-blooming ceanothus and jimsonweed, horehound, and tree tobacco.
Personal Experience: This is a small adventure, but pretty packed with animal life if you keep your eyes peeled and tread quietly. We spotted many different bird and insect species. This would be a great area to picnic and I did read signs that fishing is allowed by land. If you’re into bird-watching or photography, head out here!