Santa Barbara, California

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Santa Barbara, California



Santa Barbara, California
Phone: (805) 686-5055

Sites: 435
Recent Rate: $44 2/2015

Latitude: 34.5738641398854
Longitude: -119.958343505859

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

33 Reviews

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jazander

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice place to stay!! We stayed in our RV for 4 nights, space #160. There was a huge tree overhead and a large space which accommodated our tow vehicle in front of the RV. Clean, quiet, tranquil, lots of nature, close to attractions. We really enjoyed our stay! We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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great dane on wheels

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for 1 night after visiting Solvang during the day. The camp was in a fantastic location at the Cachuma Lake, and the site was big and very easy to get into with the RV.

The restrooms very clearly meant to be a backup for the RV as one of the wash basins didn't work at all, and there were no mirrors. There was no heating either, but given the fact that this was a natural park I guess that is to be expected - I don't know what the typical standard is in other similar parks. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Fantastic location for spending a few days exploring the lake and Solvang

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mcharland

Review Count: 149
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $46.00
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First off, the lake is really low so RV sites are not close to the water as they once were. Price is pretty steep for an older park with no 50 amp service. Most sites are back in and do require some leveling. The sites are mostly concrete slabs, with many needing replacement. Good spacing, grass, between sites. Many trees, that do need trimming, but we were able to use our satellite dish. There are many sites that are big rig friendly. No Wi-Fi. Nice location to get to the Solvang area and Santa Barbara, but, in my opinion, overpriced for what you get. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Showers

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phs2200

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $47.00
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This is the second time we camped here, last time was about three years ago. It's a great campground but there are a couple issues that came up this trip. First, the lake is down about 60 feet. I know this isn't the campgrounds fault, but it does make fishing a little challenging from the shore. You have to hike down a ways. Also, some of the fingers of the lake are now dried up. Really sad, actually. The second thing is they are removing all the nice cement fire rings, you have to bring your own now. Didn't make sense. Something about the big RV's running over them. With these two issues, I would expect the price to come down a little. $48 seems a little high. But if the rain comes and fills the lake up again, we will go back. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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sdayman

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $43.00
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There was so much to do here that we didn't even take a planned side trip into Solvang. The drive up from Santa Barbara wasn't *that* bad if you're taking your time. Lots of trails, space, and shore to explore. Nice play structure for the kids. Saw a sign for a dog park, and there's a laundry facility on the campground map. Rented a boat and cruised the lake. Site was completely level. Minus one for general wear and tear, and minus one for fireproof firewood at the store. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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HB Taxlady

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $48.00
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Lots of sites available with shade. $3/day/dog additional fee. Lake to look at, but do not touch. We were there only 1 night. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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dragoncandy

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $48.00
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New online reservation system 2013 for a majority of the park. Some sites are still first come first serve. This is a nice park with a large lake that now allows Kayaking. Incidental water contact only lake. Family friendly and lots of safe areas for kids to ride bikes. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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rpod1

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $45.00
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Had a delightful week here in the spring. Campground was clean, quiet and pretty. Only drawback was no swimming allowed in lake. The rangers give a wildlife boat tour of the lake that is actually quite informative and fun. Close to great biking, wine tasting, antiquing, etc. We would stay here again! We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Bob & Linda

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $45.00
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Our first time to this park and we really enjoyed it. Some sites were pretty hard to get level; front end would be up off the ground which we avoid if possible. There were branches from trees hanging down pretty far (needed trimming) at one site we tried to get into. So far we have only found 30amp service which was a bit of a problem as the temp got to 100 yesterday and needed to start our generator in order to run 2 ACs to cool down coach. We would come back! We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Arthur and Freda

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $45.00
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You go and choose your site then return to the office to check in. There are plenty to choose from. Sites where we were all had concrete pads, didn't see all of campground. There are two large swimming pools which looked lovely but they are only open Memorial Day to Labor Day. (No swimming in the lake.) There was a laundry by the pool but that was all closed up too. There is a good general store and a gas station. The only receipt I had was my credit card slip and I had to hand it back in when we left which I was not very happy about. Didn't use the showers but I see there is a charge of 50 cents per 3 minutes of hot water. Nearest town in Santa Ynez nine miles away. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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dcollins

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $45.00
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I agree with the last two reviews. The park is very big rig friendly. We camped in site 28 and had a beautiful view of the trees and green grass beltway. The lake is beautiful. It's unfortunate that maintenance is so lacking. Grass is not being mowed, picnic tables covered with bird droppings, with concrete pads very cracked and uneven. Outside light posts do not work. There are several full time residents that live for free and apparently are suppose to do maintenance, but I don't see it. Our weekend had beautiful weather, all hook ups worked fine. It is a shame to spend $45 a night and not really see the place maintained. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Ron Brown

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $40.00
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This is a county park situated about 21 miles from Santa Barbara on Lake Cachuma. It is a very large area that has full service RV sites in addition to Dry and Large Group Camping. It is easily accessible off of Hwy 154 and Big Rig friendly. As with most county parks it is a little, "Rough around the edges." Many of the sites need some major pruning as low lying branches can damage your roof. The concrete pads are cracked and not level. My friend's power service had the polarity reversed. This is a very large area so you will always find a spot. The park is well run with excellent security. The roads are wide for big rigs but watch the trees! We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Mariner

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $40.00
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Although it's listed in Santa Barbara, Cachuma Lake is closer to Santa Ynez (10mi.away). You have to go over the mountain to get to Santa Barbara(approx. 30mi.). It's a nice park with very clean bathrooms/showers. If you want your satellite TV to work be careful where you park. Trees near some sites will block the signal. We were originally going to set up on a 50amp site, but they had too many trees. They let you pick out which site you want and then go back to the gate and pay. We instead opted for a 30amp to get satellite. They have designated trails around the lake. Not strenuous at all. It's certainly quiet, but that might be the time of year. I would think it would be a pig in a poke to get in during the busy time since they don't at the moment take reservations. We also thought the rates were a little high for the latter part of Oct. Also they had excellent security. The only reason we stayed was because of our reservations in San Diego were for Nov. 1st., and we needed some place to burn a few days, and this was a nice place to do it. Nothing really bad to say about it. We would stay here again. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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keithnteri

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $24.00
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Stayed over Labor Day weekend with a church group in a group site. This is a big park and has a lot of things to do. Boat rentals are available. Lots of hiking and fishing, although we didn't catch any. They also have an astronomy program once a month. We will definitely be back. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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charms51

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $28.00
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We liked this park very much -- it's large. The laundry facilities weren't operable when we visited. They charge for the swimming pool, however, we didn't use (low season and it was closed). It's a large, quiet park, but needs some repairs and maintenance. We enjoyed our visit and were pleased with the close proximity to Solvang. The area is beautiful. Definitely would stay again. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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