Lake Cachuma
Lake Cachuma
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Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors. Mild temperatures, typically sunny skies, and celebrated fishing conditions make camping here during winter months exceptionally rewarding. The County entered into a long-term lease with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation in 1953 to manage the 9,000 acre Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. Cachuma Lake was formed by the construction of Bradbury Dam in that same year. Located off scenic Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley, Cachuma Lake is midway between the beaches and bustle of Santa Barbara and the Danish Community of Solvang. At any age... in any season... you'll find that the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers a fun and relaxing getaway.
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA10,811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Couple of great lookout points. The reservoir is full and the flood gates are open and spilling water after a great rainy winter.
Written 9 June 2024
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Susan T
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The nature tour and the naturalist giving the tour were amazing! Not our first time on the tour but the best trip we have had. Lots of water in the lake. The boat is very comfortable and our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out and identified all the birds on the lake. We saw Auspreys, Bald Eagles and lots of water fowl.
The problem I have is with the staff at the gate. Why do we need to pay a 10 dallar parking fee to go on a paid tour? Also, I know you dont have to pay parking to eat at The Hook but when I said we ate there after the tour, the person in the kiosk basically said it was a seperate charge. Are the people in the kiosk just not informed or should I always just say I am going to the restaurant even if I am doing both? At least I wouldnt pay 10 dollars for parking! By the way, the restaurant is worth going for, it is delicious.
Written 12 November 2023
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Liza W
San Luis Obispo, CA200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We happened to pick a weekend that was rather windy, cool at night. The campside was big enough. We had two campsites with 2 small trailers, and one extra car. The wind was 25 mph in the afternoon. Dust flying everywhere. The shooting range nearby echoed all day on both days, starting early in the morning. Booms all day. Water was high normal. Relatively quiet except the laughing until 0300 and the heavy thump of a radio til 1130-midnight the other
night. Water spigot was close by as was the bathroom. The men's bathroom was wet and muddy. The women's bathroom was ok. Someone dumped dishwater in the sink and plugged it up.
We did see many many Western Grebes on the lake.
Written 31 October 2023
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA844 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Driven by Lake Cachuma for years. My wife always would regal me of family outings to the lake when she was growing up. Every time I've driven by it it always seemed virtually empty.

This time there was water. What a difference!
Written 28 May 2023
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Kami K
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Spent the week of Christmas camping on the edge of the lake. Although the water is low like others have said it is still quite beautiful at sunset & sunrise. Not many people here during off season which is preferable for me. Cute camp shop that is fully stocked, rentals of kayaks and other lawn games available. No SUP or skin contact sports allowed on the water. Flushing toilets and sinks are clean and accessible. Showers are coin operated, clean but COLD. Would definitely return for another trip.
Written 27 December 2022
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F G
Wildomar, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Very inexpensive for Santa Barbara area, we have a granddaughter attending college and have not seen Hotel rooms for less than $400 dollars a night average. Since we own a travel trailer and are from southern California it costs about $200 for four nights! The campgrounds are spacious, the lake although very low, is still beautiful, we enjoy riding our bikes, walking the campground to the lake shore.
And we also enjoy the fact that the Chumash Casino is ten minutes away, one of our favorite spots for drinks and gambling.
Written 24 December 2022
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Ralph K
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Not much to do as a day trip. Lake is fairly empty and many of the park attractions like boat tours and rentals are not available during weekdays. Lots of camping spot for over night gueste.
Written 15 October 2022
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Roy
Tel Aviv District, Israel10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends

We beautifully view.thecrestauranrt is on one side of the lake Just on the water.
The lake view is great and the atmosphere is calm
The nature feeling is great
Written 18 September 2022
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David L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Saturday nights are just parties until 1am park workers don’t enforce quiet time from 10pm to 7am, it’s a shame.
Written 28 August 2022
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sara k
Santa Paula, CA8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
I wouldn’t recommend this for camping with kids-We have rv parked and camped across US- live locally and have never tried here. To be fair- we’re camping with our buds and 5 kids (1-10) so our preferences are different than others.
Camp sites were roomy and grounds were well maintained.
We knew going into this we couldn’t swim in the water (like lake Casitas). We did look ahead and see 2 pools.
What we didn’t know were the pools were overcrowded, freezing (yes even in 96 days), only open on SATURDAY, and we had to pay $3/person to enter. Pools were packed and pretty nasty/funky water and the kids wanted out after 1/2 hour (at home in Ojai they’ll swim all day).
The clubhouse had a lot of chairs… but that was it for fun.
There are only 2 playgrounds for the entire grounds- and they get very hot fast.
We tried going to dinner at Hook’d on Saturday but there was a long wait and packed (music sounded good).
So we went back on Sunday early for lunch. It is a beautiful spot and everyone working was very friendly.
Food was ok, (one of our families orders was given to another random family- so it took a long time but the gent gave us a dessert to go)- but
I’d eat there again.
As a nurse in SB, with our increase in covid cases currently, I was surprised and saddened that the restaurant and general store didn’t encourage masks. No one else wearing masks and no signs encouraging- even during a surge.
It’s very hot (expected) with not much to do with small kids. Would be more fun probably with just adults.
Written 12 June 2022
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