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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Check out the Cachuma webcam!

Cachuma Lake News & Information


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.


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


    Mandatory 30-Day Quagga Mussel Quarantine for Boats.
         Please view the entire Cachuma Lake 30-Day Quagga Protocol
         press release here.
         View detailed boat launch protocols here.


Summer Pool & Lifeguard Hours


Cachuma Lake Boat Inspection & Launch Requirements


Cachuma Lake Campsite Maps


Calendar of Events