About Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara, California
Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is just over the Santa Ynez Mountains from Santa Barbara. This reservoir is at the head of the valley that flows down into the towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and Buellton. Lake Cachuma was created after the Bradbury Dam was completed in 1953 and boaters, fishermen, and campers have been enjoying it ever since. It is a domestic water supply so swimming and other body contact with the water is prohibited. The campground has many tent and RV sites and also have cabins and yurts for rent. There is a marina, gas station, and general store onsite for sundries, tackle, fishing licenses. At the marina they have motor boats, patio deck boats, and 1 and 2 person kayaks for rent. The water level in the lake has fluctuated wildly with the drought years and wet years recently. Note that boats can’t be launched when the water level is too low. As you drive along Highway 154/246 between Santa Barbara and Solvang there is a vista point overlooking the lake. This is an easy way to take in the beauty of this valley if you don’t plan to camp or go boating.
- 1 Lakeview Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- (805) 686-5055
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