Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake
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1 Lakeview Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 568-2460
Open every day
Day-Use hours are from 6:00AM to Sunset
Office hours are from 7:00AM to 3:30PM
Gate is staffed from 7:00AM to 5:00PM and staffed later on Fridays during the summer.

Lake Cachuma

Recreation Area

Cachuma Lake, set in the wilderness of the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies beautiful Lake Cachuma Recreation Area. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors. Mild temperatures, typically sunny skies, and great fishing conditions make camping here during winter months exceptionally enjoyable.

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.

From the South: Take Highway 101 north to Santa Barbara. Take the “Cachuma Lake/Highway 154” exit and follow the signs.

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You'll find a fully stocked general store, gas station, coin-operated laundromat, and hot showers. Great care has been taken to make our facilities accessible to everyone. Children's playgrounds, lake cruises, the nature center, fishing piers, and hiking trails await you and your family. The Marina is open year-round and sells bait and tackle, fuel and fishing licenses with a full rental fleet to get you out on the water.
Dogs are Welcome! The money collected from the dog fee program has paid for and will continue to upkeep a dog park for you to take advantage of when you come to stay with us! Please be sure to read the signs before you enter and remember all other rules still apply. Dogs are required to be on a leash of 6 ft. or less anywhere else in the Park. We ask all dog handlers to bring a current copy of proof of rabies vaccination. Don't forget dogs are allowed in boats, as long as they have no contact with the water at any time. There is a fee per day per dog.

Cachuma Lake Location