We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Cuyamaca

Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
As featured in Daytrips from San Diego
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: 760 765 0515
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is...
Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
read more
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 51 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Most recent review
The place to see snow very close to San Diego

Hi, The more and more I go here I am loving this place. Its proximity to historic town Julian gives an added advantage for a day trip and a picnic. The place in summer isn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Myashu
,
San Diego
Add Photo Write a Review

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Diego
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Hi, The more and more I go here I am loving this place. Its proximity to historic town Julian gives an added advantage for a day trip and a picnic. The place in summer isn't very attractive just to hang around. But clubbing this with Julian will make it a good trip. In my previous review I missed out mentioning... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Lake restaurant is a fun place to stop and have breakfast or lunch and enjoy the view of the lake. We've always enjoyed everything they serve. Haven't had a bad meal yet! Owner is very friendly in greeting her customers and making them feel good about stopping by.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Naples, Campania, Italy
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The camp grounds on the west side are OK. The sites have fences between each plot with a grill. The ground has rock just below the top soil, so tent stakes stop at about 3-4 inches down. Also, most of the year has a no WOOD fire restriction due to the dry climate. The staff at the bait shop and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Laguna Beach, California
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This lake was small but beautiful. We rented a boat and docked at the shore across the way to hike Fletcher Island. The geese were very entertaining. It was the best part of our weekend!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Seriously, the waitress we had made up for any flaws in the food which wasn't bad. She was a delight. Wish I could share her name but I didn't get it. She was honest and refreshing. When I reminded her about my drink she said, "Oh yes...I gave it to someone else." I love honesty!

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Despite the water level being low (and where isn't it here in the west) this great little lake is an excellent place to fish or to take a little walk. Fish are stocked year round and there are always plenty of boats to rent or spots to take up. If you're up for a flat hike follow the Lake Trail... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
newport OR
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We thought that Lake Cuyamaca was a great place for a family picnic! We did not rent a boat, but they do offer rentals...

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toronto
Top Contributor
184 reviews 184 reviews
93 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Please realize this is over 4k elevation Great views and scenery Lovely hike and views Want to return and find camp site next year

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Julian, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Lake Cuyamaca. A beautiful little lake just down the road from Julian. From tent camping to condos, this is a great place to stay to get away from the city. Watch the sunrise over the lake to start your day. There's even a nice restaurant at the lake. Close enough to Julian to enjoy the sights and events of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Orange County, California
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We hiked around a bit here, and enjoyed a nice break in the country. We spied lots of little cabins that looked newer, and come to find out are rentable. One of the patrons even let us peak inside, they are cute, and perfect for fishing, or just to get away. We will be back and rent one soon.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Been to Lake Cuyamaca? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Cuyamaca and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Lake Cuyamaca staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?