We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: 760 765 0515
Website
Today
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 82 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Good fishing with the right bait.

Busy weekend but the place quiets down for the most part after 9. Lots of kids,and families in the tent sites. Views from rv sites are limited unless you are lucky and choose the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
BobbieM3
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 73: English reviews
Fullerton, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful "easy" hike walk, be wary of mosquitoes here and there, lots of little trails (which you can see on map we pulled up on phone), lead to Cuyamaca Mine. Saw wild turkey, deer, hawks, condors, magpies, meadows, oaks, pines; peaceful. Incredible. Will return!

Helpful?
2 Thank amaheske
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Busy weekend but the place quiets down for the most part after 9. Lots of kids,and families in the tent sites. Views from rv sites are limited unless you are lucky and choose the right site.

Helpful?
Thank BobbieM3
Yucaipa, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Hiked around Lake Cuyamaca this past weekend, was surprised at the great variety of water birds. Saw Canadian geese, grebes, blue herons, egrets, orioles and other typical marsh birds. We got off trail several times due to lack of signage, but this wasn't critical, we were able to get back on trail fairly easily. Very pleasant hike, mostly level and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bernadette G
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
381 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

This is a small, scenic lake right alongside CA79 south of Julian. We stopped by while doing a scenic drive on a chilly, rainy day in May. Since the weather was poor, there weren't many folks around and it was quiet, but I expect that in the summer it is very busy with campers and hikers trying to escape the... More 

Helpful?
Thank CrankingChick
Alpine, California
Level Contributor
155 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This is a very nice day trip to get out of the city and have lots of choices, places to stop on the way here, and once you get here. It is a nice drive either up the Sunrise Hwy or up Highway 79. Lots of view points, info centers or hiking trails off of either of those routes. I... More 

Helpful?
Thank 10ringtraveler
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
574 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Lake Cuyamaca! the place of so many Memories! Back in 1978 I was in the Boy Scouts and we camped right down the road at camp Hual ka Cush. Then in 1980 We spent the entire day doing a few Senior Ditch Days in High School. Ah yes! The crazy Days of our Youth. And now we just take in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jiro_Kaneshiro
Bedford, Indiana
Level Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful landscape and view from any place around the lake. Very quiet for you to enjoy reading, fishing or camping with families! Windy so don't forget your jacket!

Helpful?
Thank Phuong N
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Hubby and I were just looking to get out of town [San Diego] to do something for little money and to get a bit of exercise [walking]. I noticed the listing for Lake Cuyamaca under Julian. It was perfect. We had lunch at the restaurant at the lake, which was good. --what you would expect from a roadside diner etc.... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank sheilasocal
Orange, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We came to this lake, it was nice. It was peaceful. But there really was not much to see. There was a place to rent a boat, if we go back, I would like to do that.

Helpful?
Thank ShellyYogini
San Marcos, California
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Just drove thru looking for future spots. Has a large picnic area, boat rental, fishing and hiking in area. no camping. Would be fun day for family with smaller children

Helpful?
Thank Mike K

Travelers who viewed Lake Cuyamaca also viewed

 

Been to Lake Cuyamaca? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Cuyamaca and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Lake Cuyamaca staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?