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Lake Cuyamaca

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0515
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Julian
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Laguna Beach, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 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!

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San Diego, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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

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newport OR
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...

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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

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Julian, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
394 helpful votes 394 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.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped here on the way to Julian. The lake is very pretty with the mountains in the background. There are picnic tables all around and I saw chipmunks around. A great place to picnic or to take pictures.

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San Diego, California
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3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm a San Diego native, but just had my first Cuyamaca camping trip the other month. Well, a trailer trip as it were. The RV/trailer spots have a great spot looking over the lake. Price is so affordable. We stayed all the way down at the end spots and it really made such a picture perfect weekend with the open... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Booked a 2 night stay at one of the sleeping cabins at Lake Cuyamaca. These cabins are very cute and clean, but if you have a big family or require luxurious accommodations then look elsewhere cause it's your basic one room with maybe a double bed and bunk beds for the kids, side table and like a book shelf thing.... More

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