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Lindo Lake Improvements (Phase 1, East Basin)

Lindo Lake in Lakeside, is the only natural lake in the County of San Diego and was originally fed by Quail Creek. In the 1960’s a dam was constructed on Quail Creek upstream of Lindo Lake which severed natural water flow into the lake. Stormwater and urban runoff from the hillsides surrounding Lindo Lake became its primary source of water and water quality has deteriorated over the years.

Lake restoration will be completed in two phases: Phase 1 will restore the east basin and Phase 2 will restore the west basin.  Phase 1 (east basin) construction us underway and is anticipated to be completed in late spring 2022.  Phase 1 is funded for a total project cost of $11,775,000.


Current Construction Updates:


Improvements are well underway at the east basin of Lindo Lake. Fencing is up, stormwater protection and erosion control measures are in place, trees are being protected and weeds are being removed. A significant water line that serves the whole park was successfully replaced and upgraded.

What’s going on right now? We are beginning the process of “dewatering” the east basin to remove existing surface water, seepage and groundwater. The dewatering system pushes the liquids through a filtration system – cleaning it before it becomes wastewater. Once removed, we can dig in to deepen the basin. Online in about a month, dewatering will take place through most of the summer… That’s when we’ll begin excavating roughly 130,000 cubic yards of sediment!

Other upcoming improvements include: New culverts between the east and west basins and aeration systems to help circulate water; new wells to maintain water levels; and upgraded electrical.

Stay tuned for updates. We’re still on track to complete this first phase of lake revitalization – focusing on the east basin – by Spring 2022.

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For more information about the construction project, please contact Park Project Manager Ieszic Formeller by email at

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