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With the drought in Santa Barbara County our reservoir is not in its best shape. The beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denny W
Santa Barbara, California
Quick drive

Did not stay at the campground but had nice drive around it to see the lake from different... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With the drought in Santa Barbara County our reservoir is not in its best shape. The beautiful lake is filling due to recent storms, only time will tell if it fills.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Denny W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this place as a child and have been here many times since. I took a group of Girl Scouts as part of a family camping trip and the girls were busy the whole time. If you want to camp, reserve a space about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

Did not stay at the campground but had nice drive around it to see the lake from different locations. Very nice camp sites with great views of the lake.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

Stopped at the Salt Flats. No one was racing due to flooding. But, watching the caravan of trucks coming from the staging area was amazing. The water on the flats sparkled in the sunlight. Beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 196CindyJ196
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went here for a solo camping trip while my mother in law was in town 😊. It was the most beautiful sunsets, the campground was so clean, and the stars were so bright we took the rain fly off of our...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The lake shows the severe effects of the ongoing drought in CA, and it's a bit of a sad sight as a result. But with that aside, our November visit offered excellent weather and much smaller crowds than what I'm sure peak summer looks like....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Stopped by real quick on our way back to Santa Brabara from Solvang. Very sad to see the lake as low as it was.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

I just came to Cachuma Lake to spend the day. I will definitely return for camping! There seemed to be plenty of spaces for RVs and tents. There is a boat dock, a lake cruise, a little store, a really cool nature interpretive center (spotted...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Driving the highway towards Solvang the Danish town we drove by Lake Cachuma. We drove out on the vista point and we were treated to the lovely view of the Bradbury Dam and Lake Cachuma.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank epuya
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Stayed a night in my mortorhome, $50, not far from Solvang. Did not use much of the parks facility, but did drive around it, is huge.

Date of experience: September 2018
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McLeod B
August 19, 2018|
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Response from Yellowsubmawing | Reviewed this property |
They have a Yurt or two
June 20, 2018|
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
alicia e
January 12, 2018|
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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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Accomodations near Lake Cachuma (6 Replies)
Does anyone have an update on this? Want to go to Live Oak Festival in June 2012, but don't want to camp. Thanks in advance, Kate
March 17, 2012|
Response fromCAnative|
I'd stay in Santa Barbara and drive up the 154 every day. Stay in a motel near there, rather than the beach. Are you coming from Los Angeles area? You could also stay in Solvang.
Lake Cachuma camping (3 Replies)
Hi there Getting quite ridiculously excited about out trip to California now, which is less than three weeks away. Thanks to people who have helped with my questions. We’ve managed to book camping along the coast and in Yosemite. Not always our first choice, but we’re happy. The only place we’ve struggled with is near Santa Barbara. We’ve decided to give Lake Cachuma a try, it looks great. The only issue is, you can’t book. So, my question is this. On a Monday at the end of August...More
August 06, 2008|
Response fromthekld|
Carpenteria is AMAZING but the number of sites with hook-ups are limited and it is usually booked far in advance. However, if they have availability I would recommend it over Cachuma
Kaitlyn N
College Exploration Trip (3 Replies)
I'm going to UCSB's Freshmen Orientation in July (Monday-Tuesday) and wanted to explore the area of Santa Barbara while I'm there! Orientation ends Tuesday 5 pm. My plan would be to visit the area/beaches of Isla Vista right after then travel to DTSB to stay in for the night at a hotel/Airbnb. In the morning, I'd explore the shops and places of downtown then in the afternoon, make my way up to Solvang and explore there for a couple hours to finish it off with some time at Lake Cachuma...More
June 25, 2017|
Response fromCAnative|
Our son graduated from UCSB. He lived in Isla Vista as most students do during their years there, and ride bikes to the campus. State St in downtown SB is where the shops and restaurants are. You could drive right on Stern's Wharf at the end of State St and have lunch at SB Shellfish Co. people order at the window and eat on the picnic tables. You should visit the SB Mission while downtown. Makes a nice photo op. A couple hours is all you should need to see Solvang. I don't understand...More