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Lake Cuyamaca

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0515
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As featured in Daytrips from San Diego
Ranked #7 of 18 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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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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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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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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3 attraction reviews
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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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca is PERFECT! The RV sites have a beautiful view of the lake and the tent campsites are right on the water. There are also Cabins and Condos here if you prefer. Sites are clean and there are water & electric hookups. No sewer but there are places to dump nearby. Everyone here was so nice... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our ten day trip began in Orange Calif. and ended here. I took my 11 yr. old grandson to see the last couple days of the Yonex OCBC U.S. Open Badminton Championships in Orange/Anaheim CA. Amazing stuff,played indoors by top players from all over the world. Awesome! We then headed down Ca.Hwy 5 to San Clemente where my brother lives,... More

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The lake has fishing and grilling spots. Boating in summer is also seen. Didnt find it very much attractive.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

By no stretch of the imagination is this a pristine alpine lake. Nevertheless, it is a fun place to fish for the day and to hang out with friends. The summer here is nice and relaxing. There are some monster trout lurking in the shadows but very hard to catch. For some unexplicable reason, the small campsite at the lake,... More

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San Diego, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have been to Lake Cuyamaca many times for fishing while camping at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or William Heise Park. It is very close to San Diego but you feel far removed from the city. Last Memorial Day weekend we spent the night in one of the sleeping cabins that are available. They are right on the lake and... More

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