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Lake Cuyamaca

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Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: 760 765 0515
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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.

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Good for Day trip..

visited today from San Dieo. Quick ~60 miles drive through I-5,I-8,79N. weather was beautiful out there, had glimpse of fall color around lake.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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Orillia, Canada
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111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a magnificent area to just relax in and enjoy the scenery. Very tranquil and peaceful. The drive itself getting there is worth the while.

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San Diego, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful, quiet spot just 8-9 minutes outside of Julian. To shake things up, took a client to lunch at Cuyamaca Lake Restaurant. Best decision ever! Very relaxing and time just flew by as we finished up a contract. Waitresses kept refilling drinks and smiling for the entire 4 hours we were there! We thought only 2 hours had... More 

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Thank Tony S
Berlin, Germany
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Store sells duck food and the kids loved to feed the ducks. During December the water is too cold to rent a pedaling boat but we got snow!

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Thank GGNaumis
San Diego, California
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80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

visited today from San Dieo. Quick ~60 miles drive through I-5,I-8,79N. weather was beautiful out there, had glimpse of fall color around lake.

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Thank sudipk
Yuma, Arizona
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We went fishing, kayaking, and rode a paddle boat. Lots of fun, scenic afternoon. Would be a nice location to have a picnic, there are grills and tables. Relaxed on the shoreline while the kids casted their lines. Highly recommended.

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Thank Jim A
Marana AZ
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Pretty little Lake. Parking there can be a challenge though . Easy to walk around and enjoy some wildlife and down time .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

I love this place. My first time staying in the cabin and it was so peaceful and relaxing. It's small but cozy and quaint. The place has a queen size bed in the bedroom and a futon also in the living room. I only recommend 2 people staying in the cabin because it's quite small. Fridge, all kitchen utilities, stove,... More 

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El Cajon, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

A true gem..a hike for all ages...the youngest will love the ducks and the ease of the area is perfect for all ages. The Restaurant is wonderful there is a range of prices and a variety of foods to choose from. Last time I was there I really wanted a french dip sandwich...it was amazing, perfect beyond my expectations. Their... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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244 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We took a walk around the lake just to enjoy the nature and scenery. There is a sign warning that rattlesnakes are in the area, also a mountain lion. I saw two snakes on the ride there, but none while walking. We did see two bald eagles. It was peaceful and pretty, but I wouldn't say it is the prettiest... More 

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Thank RSW
Escondido, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I had lunch here on the way home from a stay at "Den Elske Hytte" in Julian, chili was to die for, with a great BTL, & tea, on the veranda that over looks the lake; all after a walk, to the far end of the lake, & some bird watching...

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