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Lake Cuyamaca

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0515
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Julian
Type: Bodies of Water
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Don't miss this wonderful lake and surrounding area! Most people who visit San Diego never even think of heading up to this area.....and that's great... more »
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101 reviews 101 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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

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Julian, California, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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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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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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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
35 helpful votes 35 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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Tempe, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Very windy and fishing was horrible. Pricy bait when website states cheaper than Walmart. We camped at Greenfield camp and Rangers were very pushy coming to or cabins multiple times. We played music on our Ipod and apparently it is too loud. We paid a lot of money for a.camping trip and had some friends over and they were being... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Got there at 6am when the bait shop opened. The lady answered all my questions but nothing more (not real friendly). They rented me a boat for $25 for the day (winter discount). It was ready and warmed up by the time I got to the dock. The dock dude was very nice--told me about waterfowl hunting (apparently they rent... More

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San Clemente, California, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Well worth the drive from just about anywhere in SoCal---moving through the rolling hills of quietly beautiful cattle country will make the outing worthwhile all by itself---Lake Cuyamaca offers hiking, biking, jogging and fishing in serene surroundings, PLus don't miss the picturesque little town of Julian. LIke most attractions, best experienced on a day other than Sunday, when tibgs aren't... More

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Julian, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A good area to see deer,wild turkeys and ducks have a picnic or camping experience. Some boats to rent. At 5'ooo feet elevation it can be cold and windy. Small restaurant open most days but only 8 miles from the town of Julian

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