Parks Division

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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.


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.

More Rainbows Coming to Cachuma Lake Friday, April 17 Trout Plants Bring 10,000 Pounds of Fish this Spring

Santa Barbara County Parks will plant 4,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout this Friday, April 17 at Cachuma Lake.  The triploid Rainbow Trout plant includes 400 pounds of trophy sized fish, together with fish 1.5 – 2.5 pounds or better, all from Mt Lassen Trout Farm. This plant is one of three, for a total of 10,000 lbs planted in a month. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting 2,000 lbs, and in addition, Santa Barbara County Parks will plant another 4,000 lbs the last week of April/first week of May. Check for dates:, Cachuma Lake, Fishing.


The Friday plant was scheduled by Parks to arrive before the annual Fish Derby on April 18 and 19, sponsored by the Neal Taylor Nature Center. For information go to:

Fishing is allowed from a boat or the shoreline.  Private boat launching continues on launch ramp 5; boaters are urged to use caution while launching. Cachuma Lake Marina and Boat Rentals will open at 6:30 am Friday, April 17, and at 5:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19—early hours in anticipation of the Fish Derby. Pontoons, outboards, kayak rentals, and full bait and tackle are available. Fishing licenses are also available. For rental and license information, call the Marina at (805) 688-4040. NOTE: Due to 30-day quagga mussel restrictions, private vessels must have been tagged by March 17 in order to launch April 17. See inspection and launch requirements, at, Quagga.


Cachuma Lake Given Maximum Protection from Invasive Species: Santa Barbara County Extends Vessel Quarantine to 30 Days.   The County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department Parks Division has received Board of Supervisor’s approval to increase protection from aquatic invasive species at Cachuma Lake. Staff will be enforcing a 30 day vessel quarantine on all trailered vessels entering Cachuma Lake, which is an extension of the current 14 day quarantine period.  A longer quarantine period provides additional protections against the invasive species. There are two exceptions to the new quarantine policy: 1) Vessels that already have a Cachuma Lake boat launch security tag will not have to be inspected, and 2) kayaks and canoes will be allowed to launch after passing the inspection program and power wash. With more stringent quarantine protocols the lake can continue recreational boating. 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.

Dogs are now allowed to join boaters and fisherman on the Lake! Body contact is still prohibited, so please make sure all dogs stay out of the water.

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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