Guided Lake Cruises

Let our Park Naturalists guide you on a 1.5-hour Lake Cruise aboard the Osprey. A 30-passenger pontoon boat for easy wildlife viewing and personal comfort, the Osprey explores the Lake as Naturalists follow nature's serendipity to reveal the area's natural and cultural riches. In all seasons, Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. Our winter season often brings out resident and migratory bald eagles and waterfowl from November through February. In spring and summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does.

Who would enjoy the Lake Cruise?

The tour is appropriate for all people ages 5 and up. Due to the low lake level, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs at this time. Participants must be able bodied enough to walk down a make shift trail, to access the dock for boarding. 

About the Osprey:

Pontoon boats are among the gentlest and safest water vessels. All 30 seats are padded swivel seats, and wildlife viewing is easy from any seat. There are viewing platforms at the front and rear of the boat. Most of the seats are shaded.

Lake Cruise Fees:

Adults $15 (ages 13 and up). 
Kids $10 (ages 5-12 year old; please no children under 5). 

Lake Cruise Reservations:

Please arrive at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area 1/2 prior to departure time to allow for park entrance, parking and visiting the restroom. A Park Naturalist will greet passengers at the Lake Cruise Waiting Area, located in the Marina 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.  

Public Lake Cruise Schedule*

   Morning  Afternoon
Friday  2 to 3:30 pm
Saturday  10 to 11:30 a.m.  2 to 3:30 pm
Sunday  10 to 11:30 a.m.

*All Lake Cruises are canceled on Christmas Day. Lake Cruises are also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather in which case a full refund or reschedule date will be issued. 

Private Lake Cruises:

Guided Lake Cruises outside of the public cruise times posted above can be arranged for your school, community, or personal group depending upon schedule and staffing availability. For more information, please call the Park Naturalist office at (805) 688-4515.