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.
You'll find a fully stocked general store, gas station, coin-operated laundromat, and hot showers. Great care has been taken to make the 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, fishing licenses, and includes a restaurant. They also have a full rental fleet to get you out on the water.
Reservations can be made online for tent sites, hookups, cabins, yurts and group areas. Reserve a 1 or 2-bedroom cabin with full bathrooms and kitchenettes, or reserve a yurt, a cross between a permanent tent and tepee, with spectacular views of the lake. Cachuma Lake also offers group areas, or larger dedicated camping plots for your next group get-together. All sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of the check-in date.