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Santa Barbara, California

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Santa Barbara, California



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

Sites: 435
Recent Rate: $45 7/2016

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) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • 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 yes
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 yes
  • 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 yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

35 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Very spacious sites, but showing signs of lack of funding/maintenance. Staff friendly and helpful, doing a good job with what they have. Could not level the rig at the first site, was able to change to a pretty level 30A site instead. Utilities fine. Problem with first site was typical of many others: site have concrete pads, and concrete is cracked and has settled in those spots- if one or more tires are down in one of those areas, a struggle to level the rig. Many sites which still have concrete pads in good condition have significant back-to-front slopes: would be fine for a TT or 5th wheel, but more of a problem for MH. There are also trees at many of the site entrances, many of which block the entry/exit of the site.
This is an attractive area for camping, with a pool and many other activities for families. More crowded and somewhat noisy over the weekends. If you have a dog, the dangerous foxtail grass is abundant and almost unavoidable.

Fairly expensive to stay here (price above includes a $10/night extra fee for toad) for what you get, but then there are not many options in the general area. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here a few days while visiting Santa Barbara. Rate includes an extra $10 per day for toad (!). Half-hour drive from Santa Barbara, but looks like best bet to have hookups and a decent environment near SB.. 30A electric was fine, water pressure around 28psi. Good spacing around sites, the one we had (119) has a concrete pad and was level; a difficult entry backing in because of way the entrance access was sited and the trees on both sides at entry. A good number of the other sites looked like they had a good slope to their pads. Lake was very low due to drought, but overall environment was scenic. Considering the alternatives, we will likely return. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
119
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 5
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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
160
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
103
Tips for other Campers:

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

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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
113
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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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