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Lake Cachuma

HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
+1 805-686-5054
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Great family destination!

This is a wonderful family destination for camping or day use. With boat rentals, a tackle shop and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Yellowsubmawing
,
Goleta
via mobile
Sadly, Nearly Dry

So sad to see our beautiful lake only a small fraction of its size. It has been a water source for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shirley R
,
Santa Barbara, California
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good36%
  • Average22%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible7%
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“nature center” (8 reviews)
“nice store” (3 reviews)
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HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-686-5054
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"nature center"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful lake"
in 8 reviews
"nice store"
in 3 reviews
"lake level"
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"vista point"
in 2 reviews
"north of santa barbara"
in 2 reviews
"san marcos pass"
in 3 reviews
"yurts"
in 17 reviews
"fishing"
in 30 reviews
"bonding"
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"wildlife"
in 11 reviews
"boats"
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"buellton"
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"release"
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"shore"
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"landscape"
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"opportunities"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful family destination for camping or day use. With boat rentals, a tackle shop and grill, a decent market, gas station, swimming pool, mini golf course, and multiple camping options from tent to full hook-up. Very picturesque and close to good restaurants...More

Thank Yellowsubmawing
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So sad to see our beautiful lake only a small fraction of its size. It has been a water source for SB but we've had to find other sources now. There is still camping, not sure about boating at this time. Best to check before...More

2  Thank Shirley R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since my brother and I are both fishermen at heart, this East Coast saltwater guy encouraged my Santa Barbara brother to take me fishing on his favorite lake in CA while we were in town for a visit. Even though the water lever was low,...More

1  Thank MuleHead2
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

The jewel of Santa Barbara County. About 20 minutes North of Santa Barbara. Enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing and camping. Visit the Nature Center to learn, plants,wildlife and history of this former Chumash village. On the way to the Santa Ynez wine country.

Thank john11112014
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

Lake cachuma used to be a family destination point every spring. Well, there hasn't been any significant rain to fill the lake in the last decade, so camping areas are limited, and the water level is so low. Many of the water "Ingersoll" haven't existed...More

6  Thank 3Rebecca3
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Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

It was closed due to the wild fires that ravaged the region. An amazing body of water that appeared as an oasis in a rugged and barren landscape. Once the roads are re-opened it appears easy to get to. You can see the drought has...More

1  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed November 29, 2017

Over Thanksgiving, we camped RV-style at site #313 overlooking Cachuma Lake. We learned the down-side of having the prettiest spot at a crowded time: everyone wanders through to see the lake! But despite this, we had a great time, and think this Santa Barbara County...More

Thank schwakes
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Water is slightly down to seeing it this late in the season but still a great and expansive lake with a wonderful panoramic view from the vista point or the dm.

Thank Stanley S
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

Just spent a short time but would like to return.Know it has cabins and a camp ground .All on the banks of this beautiful lake.

Thank Alexandra C
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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Lake Cachuma is a gorgeous lake nestled in the mountains near Santa Barbara. The highway drive up to it is scenic, and there are two vistas where you may stop and take photos or walk around.

Thank Bowmanator22
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June 20, 2018|
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Response from LoveMauiForever | Reviewed this property |
I will be honest with you, we only stayed there for about an hour because we didn't like the place at all. I'm sure there are some trails to hike and I think there is a swimming pool that is open during the summer. I would... More
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Response from schwakes | Reviewed this property |
Hi - We loved site #313. The down-side is that because it IS so nice, random folks had a tendency to wander through for the view. HS
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