Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

     


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

Sites: 435
Recent Rate: $47 4/2014


Latitude: 34.5738641398854
Longitude: -119.958343505859

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 6
  • Good 21
  • Average 3
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

30 Reviews

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phs2200

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

Date of Stay: - $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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sdayman

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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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HB Taxlady

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

Date of Stay: - $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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dragoncandy

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

Date of Stay: - $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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rpod1

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Bob & Linda

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Arthur and Freda

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

Date of Stay: - $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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dcollins

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Mariner

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Ron Brown

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

Date of Stay: - $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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keithnteri

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

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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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sfox

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Very spacious and well maintained campsite. Has level concrete pads. Great facility with general store, propane, bait and tackle. Nicest boat launch I've ever seen. Great area for walking. Very unusual for a public campground. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Adams Family

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

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an absolutely beautiful place. We camped in the dry camping area with our motorhome sideways to the lake - I mean right on the edge of it! We looked at the hookup areas, and they looked nice, too, but we really wanted to be in the best spot possible. The staff is very . This was an off time, too, so it wasn't crowded at all. I will note that our GPS was way off -could be that it's a TomTom (getting a Garmin - another subject). We arrived after dark, so it was a little difficult finding a site. Basically the ranger said go in, look around, and then let us know where you are, and then pay (they even gave us a ride to the station, too!). They have changed their pricing, too, and have added "premium" sites (which this was - #134) which cost a little more. The only reason I didn't rate this higher is that they also charge $3 per dog (and we have three) so three nights, three dogs cost us $27! Also, make sure your dogs (cats) have Frontline or Advantage up to date as there are ticks here, too. Access was good with a few overhanging trees, but not much. Lots of good hiking and an overall neat area close to the city. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Forrman

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

For a county-run facility, this campground is better than most. The place was well-managed, the staff was friendly and eager to help is get the site we wanted. But unless you're staying at one of the group sites, it's first-come first-serve here. I showed up to get a site at 6:30 AM on a Friday morning and there was only one RV site left. They usually sell out for the weekend by Thursday night. There were plenty of disgruntled campers being turned away throughout the morning. The southeast side of the campground, sites 12 -121, feature electric-water-sewage. Sites 125-176 are water and electric only. There is no Wi-Fi or cable TV. If you have a strong enough antenna you can pick up the local ABC affiliate ch.3 from Santa Barbara. Our AT&T & Verizon cell phones and our XM radio had great reception in the campground. If you want space for tents or peace then you should get one of the sites along the water. Not all of them have a view of the water but it's much better than getting one of the more-cramped back-to-back sites. I would've liked to swim in the lake (this is a fishing-only lake) but it was still nice to cool off by the shore from the nice breeze. All in all, we had a good time and will come back in the off-season when it's empty. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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