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“A small but very ice lake for fishing and hiking around .”
Review of Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Julian
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

A good area to see deer,wild turkeys and ducks have a picnic or camping experience. Some boats to rent. At 5'ooo feet elevation it can be cold and windy. Small restaurant open most days but only 8 miles from the town of Julian

2  Thank JIM K
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Chambers Park at Lake Cuyamaca is PERFECT! The RV sites have a beautiful view of the lake and the tent campsites are right on the water. There are also Cabins and Condos here if you prefer. Sites are clean and there are water & electric hookups. No sewer but there are places to dump nearby. Everyone here was so nice and friendly.

Fall is absolutely the best time to come here. The leaves are all changing and the weather is nice and it is less crowded than summertime. I think we have found our favorite go to campground!

8  Thank unitedmom7
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our ten day trip began in Orange Calif. and ended here. I took my 11 yr. old grandson to see the last couple days of the Yonex OCBC U.S. Open Badminton Championships in Orange/Anaheim CA. Amazing stuff,played indoors by top players from all over the world. Awesome!

We then headed down Ca.Hwy 5 to San Clemente where my brother lives, to hook up with the rest of our family and headed out to our Campground at KQ Ranch near Julian. Had our RV and a cabin for all eleven people (6 Kids & 5 adults) and a dog. San Diego being only 45 minutes away accounted for two whole days of the remaining week. We beached it one day and did Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla. What a fantastic time for kids and all.

On the third day we went down to this quaint little lake about 10 mts. from our favourite campground that has all the fun stuff for all ages and crammed with happy campers like us. I know because we meet all these people and talk about it endlessly. It's camping done right.

At the lake we rented 2 motor boats for eight people. At 1 o'clock the rates are half price for the rest of the day and that's till 7:30 pm. We crisscrossed the lake and found several places to
dock in,some rocky and others beach sand/rock. Got off the boats and took hiking trails that lead to all sorts of woodsy views of the lake and surrounding areas. At one point we saw herds of deer and wild turkey in abundance. Unlike the regular turkey we never once heard them make a noise....no gobble,gobble or any such noise, just busy eating. Lots of other birds and wildlife to see and picture in natural habitat. Variety of ducks and geese some of them pretty large. Must have good fish to keep them happy and healthy.

Nearby restaurant serves catch of the day fish, trout and others that are kept pretty stocked year round. The weather was just enjoyable, mid 70's to low 80's. All in all another exquisite trip and vacation to this California mountain location. It is at about 4,600 ft. above sea level in the woods off Ca. Hwy 79 north of Interstate 8, 6 miles before Julian,Ca. a quaint little town famous for apples and pie. It once was a gold mining town and still offers visits to ghost mines with a guide to tell you all about it. Lots to do and so little time.

2  Thank arun s
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The lake has fishing and grilling spots. Boating in summer is also seen. Didnt find it very much attractive.

1  Thank Myashu
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

By no stretch of the imagination is this a pristine alpine lake. Nevertheless, it is a fun place to fish for the day and to hang out with friends. The summer here is nice and relaxing. There are some monster trout lurking in the shadows but very hard to catch. For some unexplicable reason, the small campsite at the lake, that had privacy barriers before, has been gutted. I would not recommend camping there now. The best bet would be down the road five miles at Paso Picacho State Park.

2  Thank Russell B
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