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Welcome to Cachuma Lake Recreation Area       

Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors. Mild temperatures, typically sunny skies, and celebrated fishing conditions make camping here during winter months exceptionally rewarding.

Reservations may now be made online for tent sites, hookups, cabins, yurts and group area.  Reserve a 1 or 2-bedroom CABIN with full bathrooms and kitchenettes. We also offer YURTS, a cross between a tent and tepee, with spectacular views of the lake, or reserve a GROUP area for your next group get-together.

Located off scenic Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley, Cachuma Lake is midway between the beaches and bustle of Santa Barbara and the Danish Community of Solvang. At any age... in any season... you'll find that the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers a fun and relaxing getaway.


Cachuma Lake Boat Launch:  Temporarily Closed. The boat launch is temporarily closed due to dropping lake levels. Read more... 09/23/15

Marina Café at Cachuma Lake RFP to Operate: Are you in the restaurant industry? Do you know somebody that is? Please see this once in a lifetime opportunity to operate a restaurant on the shoreline of Cachuma Lake! Click on the link to learn more about the mandatory request for proposals process:  There’s still time to get your proposal in!  The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

10,000 Pounds of Rainbow Trout Plant in Cachuma Lake in Spring   Santa Barbara County Parks planted 8,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout in April and May at Cachuma Lake.  The triploid Rainbow Trout plant included 800 pounds of trophy sized fish, together with fish 1.5 – 2.5 pounds or better, all from Mt Lassen Trout Farm.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife planted 2,000 lbs, for a total of 10,000 pounds this spring. 


Cachuma Lake Given Maximum Protection from Invasive Species: Santa Barbara County Extends Vessel Quarantine to 30 Days.    Please view the entire Cachuma Lake 30-Day Quagga Protocol press release here.  View detailed boat launch protocols here.

Fun Fact! The County entered into a long-term lease with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation in 1953 to manage the 9,000 acre Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. Cachuma Lake was formed by the construction of Bradbury Dam in that same year.

Check out the Cachuma webcam!

Click here to watch the Ronnie Kovach produced video.

Click to View the Cachuma Lake PSA 

Don't miss out on Lake Cachuma's new recreational sport, Bow Fishing! 



Directions to Cachuma Lake

View Map to Cachuma Lake.

From the South: Take Highway 101 north to Santa Barbara.  Take the “Cachuma Lake/Highway 154” exit and follow the signs. Drive approximately 18 miles.  There is a sign for the park ½ mile before the entrance, and there is a right turn lane to use for your safety.

From the North: Take Highway 101 south to the “Cachuma Lake/Highway 154" exit.  Make a left at the stop sign and drive approximately 14 miles.  There is a sign ¼ mile before the park entrance, and there is a left turn lane to use for your safety.

No Swimming
Cachuma Lake is a domestic water supply, and as such, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing or any other body contact with the water is prohibited. 

What's New At Cachuma Lake


Carp Bow Fishing


Summer Pool & Lifeguard Hours


Cachuma Lake Boat Inspection & Launch Requirements


Cachuma Lake Campsite Maps


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