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Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Santa Barbara, California


Santa Barbara, California 93105
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Sites: 435
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.57386
Longitude: -119.95834

Elevation: 826' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Our site #150 was large. We faced the playground and were very near a comfort station. Loved the size of the site; however, other campers thought the path to the comfort station was diagonally through our site. All systems worked as expected. Site #151 on our other side was quite close. When they were sitting outside we could hear (and if we wanted, could have participated in) their conversation. The site was what we were looking for, gave us the feeling of camping. We thought the store and park was maintained well. It's not a resort, it's a campground. We were quite satisfied. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
150
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We visited Gainey Winery for their tour and tasting - about 15 minutes or so from Solvang. Diesel is less expensive at Jim's Service just inside Solvang limits. A Casino is close by if that interests you.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very big campground with lots of options. We stayed in the full hook-up section. There are few mature trees so you may want to bring your own shade. The sites are decent and clean, but some of the concrete pads definitely need repair; although they were still pretty level. Make sure you bring something to elevate your drain hoses though, as ours was about ten inches above the ground. The staff and hosts were very helpful and friendly. There is a store near the marina that is well stocked and not too overpriced. We were there two days prior to Memorial Day weekend and planned to stay until the day after Memorial Day. The two days before the weekend were so quiet with few campers. On Friday, the park started to fill up until there were no empty spots at all. Even though it was full, the park was kept clean and quiet after hours. The water was still pretty low; about 40% full, however the fishing was decent. If you plan on launching a watercraft, you had better plan ahead. I missed the fact that I had to quarantine my fishing boat for 30 days prior to launching it so we didn't end up taking it. They are really concerned about invasive mussels and other things, so they are very strict about inspections. The marina has boats to rent and I think the rules for kayaks are less stringent. Another plus was that we were so close to neighboring tourist spots like Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ines Mission and Los Olivos. We had a wonderful time tasting wine, visiting the missions, going to the beach and then coming back to camp for a quiet night. Fires are allowed but be sure to bring an outdoor fireplace since there are none installed at the full hook-ups sites. We will definitely be returning here some day. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57 and 94
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The sites are large enough to park your tow vehicle as well. Bring your own fireplace. Read the boat rules carefully if planning to take one.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

While the setting with the surrounding mountains is great, the California drought and aging facilities diminish the experience. There are only a handful of 50A hookup sites and most of the 30A hookup sites need refurbishment. Many of the sites with concrete pads have cracking and crumbling concrete. Most of the W+E sites are basically dirt. The best time to visit is probably mid winter to late spring. On our recent stay, vegetation was drying out and the ground squirrel population had exploded. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
156
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed the weekend, spaces are large but not at all well maintained. The grass was overgrown, no cable tv, poor tv reception. Bathrooms had no hand towels or hand blowers? Pluses...Wide streets, full hook up area was a past mobile home park so spaces are large and wide. Nature Center is great, the park is huge.. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

The nature center was great. Frisby golf course around rv park. Fishing, boat rentals, camp store.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We reserved a full hookup site. It backed up to the Frisbee golf course--the Launchpad for holes #13 was literally 5 feet away from our site. It was actually kind of fun to watch the Frisbee golfers. We gave them words of encouragement. It was a good thing we were not further down the course because there were a lot of stray Frisbees falling into campsites. "Fore!" Our campsite sewer was backed up! Right after hooking up and opened up the gray water and it immediately overflowed. A technician came by the next afternoon and removed whatever blockage there was. We liked the surroundings and the location of the park. It is getting a little rundown, but we'd return. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
117
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Park has large paved spots, patio area, fire pit, and picnic table. Coin operated showers. Although the pool had outside showers to rinse off the chlorine, to use as part of your pool fee. The pool at the park is like a community pool. $3. per person per session of 2 1/2 hours. Lots of lounge chairs under a tarp for shade. Nothing on the County Park website said fee for swimming so it was disappointing to have tired, hot kids find out they had to pay to cool off. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
99
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Nature Center and on Saturdays in July and August they have a bat talk at dusk and we got to see the bats emerge from their bat box.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Cachuma Lake park is very large and has a lot of natural beauty. Well run, clean, and quiet. Thank you for that. That said they have spent a LOT of of money on improvements no one uses - like wasting funds. And you can't access the lake so they have two pools. A sad substitute. We may go back simply for the locale and other attractions in the vicinity. It is a very busy campground. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
RV 25
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Solvang, Santa Barbara, Gaviota, Lompoc. See wineries and backcountry.

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Review Count: 135
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

The park has all types of spaces but this review refers to the full hook up area which use to be a trailer park. It was built on a slope but there was no attempt to tier or level the sites so most if not all have some type of slope requiring some sort of blocking to get level. The interior roads are paved & wide enough to maneuver larger RV's. All of the sites are back-ins. The parking pads are broken concrete in poor condition. Distance and grassy areas establish privacy between the sites. The full hook ups include water, sewer & electricity. Most all of the sites are 30 AMP. Only a handful have 50 AMP service. Those are difficult to find and use as the park doesn't assign them you have to ask for them. The sewer connections were generally at the ground level so it was easy to establish a downhill flow. It seems most of the sites had an outside table but no fire rings/pits. The park offers extended stay rates. From about November to mid March there was no lawn care so the grass got very high making the sites difficult to use. There were quite a few trees scattered throughout the park and around the perimeter so satellite reception would be dependent upon your site. No cable. Only 5 Broadcast channels received with roof mounted antenna which included only 1 of 4 major networks. The park experienced a 3 day power outage in January when night time temperatures were forecasted to get down below freezing. It was difficult to get much information from the park staff as they were difficult to find and did not go around to the few campers to update or even check on them. The designated fenced pet area but it was in a far corner of the park making it a long walk from the full hook up area. Plus the surface was dry grass making it uninviting to walk a dog. There were bag dispensers and collection stations for waste in the fenced pet area but the dispensers were empty. Very poor considering the park charges a $5 fee per pet per night. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

No park provided WiFi. Our Verizon WiFi hotspot and NET10 phone worked adequately.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Lake Cachuma on December 27-30, 2016. We were pleased to see that the park was clean and each site was level with a concrete pad and patio. The paved roads are nice and wide! There is a $2 fee per pet per day. The lake is really low due to the drought CA has been experiencing over the last few years.

The park has a well-stocked general store with a gas station, a good-size dog park divided into two sections, a swimming pool (closed during the winter season) and one of the best nature centers. The store and nature center were within 100 yards of our site!

As the weekend came closer, the park filled up quickly! I'm posting pictures, so take a look! We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 21
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Solvang, Chumash Casino Resort and Mission Santa Ines is an easy 15-minute drive from the lake. There are a variety of wineries in the area! Santa Barbara is about 25 miles SE on Highway 154.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We have been camping at Cachuma Lake for years. We have always had a great experience except for the last few years. Our BBQ did not have a grate on it and they could not find one in the entire park. The restrooms were dirty and lacked electricity and the showers were filled with spiders. If you bring an inflatable mattress, forget trying to find a place to fill it. The store said they used to have an outlet, but it was vandalized so much they removed it. I hope someone takes all my concerns to heart because there a many families that would love to continue to camp there. We're going to stay in a cabin next weekend. I hope it's clean. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
394
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The campground has been effected by the State and County cutbacks. Restrooms and Showers were so-so clean. The pool is only open from Noon to 5:30. So never got back to use it. Please note that is campground is 24 MILES from Santa Barbara. I was expecting 7 miles. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 39
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 7
States Visited: 2
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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