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Address: HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Water level is oh so low...

In one sense, everyone should see Lake Cachuma because the water level is so low. You will feel like conserving water. On the other hand, the recreational opportunities are... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 21, 2016
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Rescue, California
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Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't bother. It will take years of rain to replenish. The Southern California Drought has deal this once wonderful attraction a death blow.

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Rescue, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

In one sense, everyone should see Lake Cachuma because the water level is so low. You will feel like conserving water. On the other hand, the recreational opportunities are better when the Lake is higher so I rated it average. Hopefully, it will fill up this winter.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Travelling past on way from Santa Barbara to Solvang so called in to see the lake area. It was a sad sight to see how far the water has receded. Camping area appeared to be well maintained. Security at the gate allowed us 15 mins look around free of charge. I don't think you would want to holiday here if... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

The CA drought has really affected Lake Cachuma and the lake has almost disappeared. So sad! From what I could see from the road, it appears that the campground is still open though. You might want to call and check before showing up.

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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Avoid at all costs if you want to sleep. There is no type of enforcement and people pretty much do what they want all night; including arriving with full families at 3 am. We were unable to sleep and had to leave early. I'm asking for a refund for the night we paid and did not use as we decided... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Went to the observation point for a look at the lake I used to fish and boat in as a kid. The drought has turned it into a mud puddle. Sad to see. The coves I used to fish in are all empty canyons now.

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Arlington, Va
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The drought has taken its toll on this much=loved lake and the fall in water levels has had a knock-on effect on the accompanying activities - boating, camping etc. Staff are really helpful but the drought blights all. Avoid until the rains come again.

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Healdsburg, California
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

My wife used to camp and fish by this lake when she was young. Tells me it was a huge lake. Drove by on this trip. Saw a very small pond. The lake is no more.

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1 Thank WillieMacfan
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250 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

There is now a pipe to pump the water from the lake side, over a berm, to the dam. The dam looks like an abandoned relic, you can see the bottom of the dam and the footing... concerning really.

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Santa Barbara, California
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63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We're in a multi-year drought. Almost all of us have noticed, lately, even the water board, and many of us are conserving. Meanwhile, Lake Cachuma has been pumped down to 15% capacity and we are relying on ground water. Now is a good opportunity to view what would normally be underwater. There are campsites or the (former) lake can be... More 

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