Welcome to Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Holiday Lake Hours

Thanksgiving Day: 7:00AM to 3:00PM
Christmas Day: Closed to Boating

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

For GPS, Input: 1 Lakeview Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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.


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.  We also offer 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.  *A non-refundable reservation fee will be charged for each site/option reserved. There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekend reservations (Friday and Saturday), and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.

Recreation Facilities

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.  They also have 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 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.  Dogs are not to be left unattended at any time within the Park and handlers must clean up after their pets immediately. Vicious or very noisy animals will be evicted.  There is a fee per day per pet.

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