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Address: HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-686-5054
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Beautiful grounds but lake is down 90'

Camped here in a 40 foot motorhome and the back in sites are ok in the original loop but new loop has pull through sites that are wider and much longer. Grass, picnic tables and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Fullerton, California
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a beautiful scenic drive through this area. I remember coming her many times during my youth with my parents. The camping was pretty awesome. Anyway, my GF and I stopped by the camp site adjacent to the lake. The ranger was nice enough to let us drive to the lake. Sadly, the drought has lowered the water level... More 

Thank jt99941
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561 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Camped here in a 40 foot motorhome and the back in sites are ok in the original loop but new loop has pull through sites that are wider and much longer. Grass, picnic tables and 30 amp power at my site. Nice store, gas station and boat launch ramp.

Thank Chiefly1
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the cabins, always stay at the Eagle. Beautiful view of the lake. Wake up and watch the sunrise from your porch. There is nothing more majestic then watching the lake come to life at sunrise. Take the Eagle Cruise and see Bald Eagles nesting. With the current drought the hikes around the Lake are wonderful.

Goleta, California
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's alarming how much smaller the lake is now compared to what it was just two years ago. Very dry and a tad depressing. Hopely el nino keeps it coming and we can see this lake return to its previous greatness!

Thank Kimi C
San Francisco, CA
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've checked this lake 3 times in the last 3 years, and grew sadder with each visit. There's no way around it - it's so depressing to see it going dry ! We're hoping that some of the many storms coming through our area (SF Bay) and this El Nino winter will have the desired effect.

Thank Travel_Paint_Dine
Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Beautiful road trip up the mountain with fantastic views . It's a must for everyone . Reminds me of the old Wild West !

Thank redcollection
Leeds, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

As we explored the Santa Barbara area during our holiday recently, we made Lake Cachuma one of our destinations. We spent a couple of hours there, which included one hour on a rental boat. It was really quiet and calm. Not a soul around us as it was in the middle of the week during low season. The sad part... More 

Thank L0ves2Trave1
Manila, Philippines
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59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Lake Cachuma offers overnight camping as well as day hikes, guided nature walks, guided boat tours, boat rentals, and fishing on the lake. About half a hour from Santa Barbara on beautiful highway 154, the man made lake is nestled in rolling foothills studded with oak trees. The drive there is beatiful. Cahuma is a great place to spend a... More 

Thank Sam M
Riverside, California
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

A beautiful campground with all the amenities one could ask for. We rented one of the small yurts and what a nice surprise. The one drawback was no indoor plumbing, but a porta potty was close by for our mid-night needs. It had a small space heater that kept us warm and toasty during the chilly nights of our stay.... More 

Thank John E
Santa Barbara, California
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136 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

For decades, this has been a beautiful body of water surrounded by walls of rock and stone which embellishes the drive by on highway 154. With the local drought for the past 4 years, it has dried up and shrivelled into a skeleton of what it was when close to capacity. Not really worth seeing so much now.

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