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Lake Cuyamaca

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quiet places around the lake

I was amazed to find that even at weekends you can easily find seating at the lake where you are on... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Wurselen, Germany
Pretty Lake - Lake Cuyamaca, CA

We enjoyed the scenic views of Lake Cuyamaca, There is a restaurant there with lake views. We... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
Fremont, California
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  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tackle shop”(3 reviews)
“nice surprise”(2 reviews)
“water level”(2 reviews)
Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
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15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
+1 760-765-0515
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

I've been going here since I was a kid and I am glad to say that Lake Cuyamaca water level is up which makes it super fun for the motor boat and fishing.

1  Thank FellowTraveler807472
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I was amazed to find that even at weekends you can easily find seating at the lake where you are on your own. Nice beach can for instance be reached from the Stone Wall Mine parking. In addition the lake as shown in the maps...More

Thank matwen2016
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

This was the worst lunch I have ever had. We live up there and have driven by for years. Been dying to stop. The service was no service. We had to find our waitress and ask for everything. She was playing with her kids and...More

2  Thank sharon q
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Nice quiet lake about 6 miles from the town of Julian. There is fishing here and a few types of boats you can rent to take out on the water. Great friendly staff working in the on-site restaurant and tackle shop. Dolores the restaurant owner...More

Thank SepBee
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

We came across this family restaurant during our two night stay getaway in Julian. It turned out to be the best meal of our trip. Dolores , the owner, went out of her usual menu to meet my husband's wish ( she apologized that chicken...More

Thank Nina V
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We enjoyed the scenic views of Lake Cuyamaca, There is a restaurant there with lake views. We visited on a spring sunny day.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Enjoying a weekend staycation in Julian, we decided to have breakfast in nearby Cuyamaca. Worth the short drive. Despite the weather, the view was relaxing. The food at the Cuyamaca Restaurant was well prepared and good comfort food.

2  Thank Mylene B
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

I was driving through the Cuyamaca Ranch State Park and at the end essentially stumbled upon this lake with a nice family style restaurant. Gives a nice vibe for the area. Quite dead when I went but it's January so that's expected.

1  Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

A great spot to stop for photo opportunities before or after a trip to Julian. While it is not very green in January, it is nonetheless lovely with a variety of colors in the remaining tree leaves.

Thank mod-travellers
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Attended the annual kids fishing tournament. Camped out for the weekend. Excellent car camping site. Hookups and bathrooms/coin showers if needed. Great event. Staff at the tackle shop and restaurant are friendly, professional, and welcoming!! Will return again for sure. Awesome place. Highly recommended!!!

Thank docholiday174
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