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Lake Cachuma

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Address: HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-686-5054
Activities: Fishing
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A bit of Green

After my last visit to Lake Cachuma when I was so sadly disappointed I returned again since that is where I buried my beloved Kiddy when it was still full of water and complete... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
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Duarte, California
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Duarte, California
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160 reviews 160 reviews
132 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

After my last visit to Lake Cachuma when I was so sadly disappointed I returned again since that is where I buried my beloved Kiddy when it was still full of water and complete with stunning views three years before, the last time some time last year it was horrible , besides the absence of water due to the continuing... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Maybe because you aren't going to the ocean, it's not as breathtaking compared to other spots in CA, but it's a great place to recreate. It appears to be family friendly since there are a lot of kids running around, but there's an element of poverty too, that's a bit scary to my liking. Not that poverty is bad, but... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My father in law came here when he was a child. My husband came here when he was a child. Now my husband and I took our sons here for a camping trip. The showers were clean, the grounds were relatively clean, and the lake was beautiful. We rented a boat and shopped at the general store. Everything and everyone... More 

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Ojai, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Great way to see wildlife all around the lake, including bald eagles, mule deer and Western grebes. Best to go either when the eagles are there, or when the grebes are breeding / nesting. More advice about this trip at DavidLeeTravel.com

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Santa Ana, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We camped here over Labor Day weekend and boy it was packed. The first thing I notice upon looking at the lake was the water level. For those of you who are visiting from elsewhere, CA is in a serious drought at this time and you can see the effects of it clearly on the rocks and landscape. You can... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great place for the kids and family, a little dry due to Californias drought. We went to the reservoir close to Cachuma Lake. We did find water, we had a lunch and the kids jumped in the water. It was still fun, there was fish in the ponds. Will go there again.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stayed over Labor Day weekend and had a decent time. Park was basically full, and the main focus is tent campers. There were many parties, over populated parties, but you have to expect this on a holiday weekend. The RV section was nice and has full hook ups. Open space bordering one side and what we assume would be... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stayed 1 Thursday night in August yurt was spacious and was better than expected. We did not sleep a wink as they do not enforce quiet time after 10 pm . The yurt next door had a bunch of people and they hooted and hollered till well past 2:30 am , they set off their car alarm twice and dumped... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Many campers that come to Cachuma aren't as cool as they used to be and lately there seems to be an increase in riff raff and gang types coming to camp out now. More booming music, loud cars driving by and generally more noise and less courteous campers - especially on the holidays. If you're going there to party then... More 

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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We go to Cachuma Lake for camping every year. We booked the Apache Pines group site (for 13 families). The site has nice shaded tables and lot of shaded areas covered by trees. It has a restrooom and a children's play yard right opposite the campsite and also has a swimming pool very close to the campsite (walking distance). It... More 

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