Cachuma Lake

Location and Directions:

HC 59 - Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

      Lake Cachuma is located near the city of Santa Barbara. From Hwy. 101 take Hwy. 154 North 25 miles to the lake.


General Info:

    The lake consists of 3,100 surface acres at capacity. It is open year round from 7 am to 5 pm. in the winter and 6 am. to 8:30 pm. in the summer. Entrance fee is $10.00 per car. Tent, trailer and RV camping is available for $25 and up per night. Call for reservations! (805) 686-5054, (805) 688-4040. There is a well stocked general store to serve your needs - (805) 688-5246. Visit Cachuma Lake Website for more information.


Other lakes and creeks in the area:
Lake Casitas
Lake Piru
Pyramid Lake
Piru Creek

Boating Info:

    The lake has an excellent launch facility for $13, $5 kayak. They also have a nice overnite marina available. Rental boats are available for $46 - $80 per day. There is no body contact with the water permitted here so skiing, jet-skis and float tubes are not allowed. Marina (805) 688-4040


Fishing Info:

    This lake holds a variety of gamefish including Large and Smallmouth Bass, Channel and Blue Catfish, Trout, Crappie, Red-Eared Sunfish, and Bluegill. All are abundant here and 2-digit Bass and Catfish are not uncommon. There is no swimming/skiing allowed which makes this a nice lake to fish. Tackle Shop (805) 688-4040 Fishing Report (805) 688-7724 Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.


Comments and Tips:

     For trout, try Cachuma Bay or over by the island in the wintertime and troll leadcore by the dam or in the channel during the summer.


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