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Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
Phone Number: 760 765 0515
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Family day out

If your into a little fishing or spending the day out on a boat, Which you can rent, Or having a picnic on the shore or picnic area, This is a great day for you and your family... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Perry H
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your into a little fishing or spending the day out on a boat, Which you can rent, Or having a picnic on the shore or picnic area, This is a great day for you and your family. My favorite thing to do is bringing my grandchildren here to feed the ducks and geese. A very pleasant day outing.

Thank Perry H
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

I went camping with friends at Heise Park, then we went to Lake Cuyamaca to hike. Part of our group went fishing, others ate at the restaurant and my group hiked around the Lake.

Thank Reg A
Fullerton, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

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!

4 Thank amaheske
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank BobbieM3
Yucaipa, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank Bernadette G
Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank CrankingChick
Alpine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank 10ringtraveler
San Diego, California
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573 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Jiro_Kaneshiro
Bedford, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

1 Thank Phuong N
San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank sheilasocal

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