Cachuma Lake Campgrounds

Santa Barbara County


Cachuma Lake (February 2016)


Cachuma Lake Campground, CA

Cachuma Lake Campground

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches and lakes have so many places to explore and enjoy. For those who decide to camp at one of the Cachuma Lake Campgrounds they have not only a great fishing lake, but also a swimming pool for everyone to cool off in.

  • Enjoy the calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake for boating and fishing.
  • On the shore of Cachuma Lake set out on hiking trails or lake cruises. Spend time at the playground and the nature center.
  • Fish for monster bass at nearby Lake Casitas.
  • Head to the coast and surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point.
  • Find excellent pier fishing off the Gaviota Pier.
  • Take off hang gliding at Douglas Preserve near Arroyo Burro Beach.
  • Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach.
  • Take a look at the Harbor Seals near Carpinteria Beach.
  • Watch some exciting beach volleyball at East Beach.
  • Kayak the Santa Barbara coast.
  • Explore Channel Islands Harbor where you can rent a boat or take a cruise out to the Channel Islands.
  • Visit the Flight 261 Memorial Sundial at Hueneme Beach.

Cachuma Lake Campgrounds

3,100-acre Cachuma Lake is located 25 miles north of Santa Barbara. Four Cachuma Lake Campgrounds along the lake's southern shore are operated by Santa Barbara County Parks. Fishing for bass, rainbow trout, and other fish is popular at the lake. No body contract is allowed with the lake's water, but visitors take advantage of the swimming pool to cool off.

Cachuma Lake Campgrounds offer more than 400 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents:

  • Dakota Area: Near the tip of the point, Playground, Lanford Memorial Grove, Fireside Theater; No RV Hook-ups
  • Barona Area: Close to Park Entrance, General Store, Nature Center; Full Hook-up Sites
  • Apache Area: Near Park Entrance, Marina, Snack Shop, Fun Center, Pools, Golf, Laundry; Partial Hook-ups
  • Mohawk Area: East of other Campgrounds at Martini Cove, Close to UCSB Rowing Center; No Hook-ups

Yurts sleep up to 5 or 6 and range from $65 to $90 per night.

There is a 2-night minimum on Friday and Saturday nights and 3 nights on holiday weekends at any of the Cachuma Lake Campgrounds. A hundred sites have full hook-ups and another 30 have electric and water hook-ups only. Cachuma Lake also has 10 Group Camps and a Hike & Bike site.

Cachuma Lake Campgrounds Basics
Cachuma Lake Campgrounds Location: 25 miles north of Santa Barbara
Elevation: 900 feet
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 400+
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, maximum 2, $3 per day fee; Dog Park available
Recorded Information: (805) 686-5054
Park office: (805) 686-5055

Reservations at Cachuma Lake Campgrounds
Reservations available year-round, available up to 6 months in advance
Maximum Vehicle Length: any length
Accessible Sites: Accessible sites available
Fees: Basic campsites: $25 - $30
Full Hook-up sites: $45 - $50
Partial Hook-up sites: $40 - $45
Premium Lake-view sites: $40
Reservations: Cachuma Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Cachuma Lake Campground Amenities
Campsite: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, some sites with hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, laundromat, store, amphitheater, playground, recreation hall
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Cachuma Lake Campgrounds Maps
Attractions near Cachuma Lake Campgrounds: Head to the marina for boat rentals (no water contact, so no jet skis, water skiing, etc.), Enjoy fishing from shore or boat. Cool off in the swimming pool. Tour the nature center and join a Nature Walk. Set out to explore the lake's hiking trails and equestrian trails. Children 6-12 can participate in Junior Rangers. Take your dog to the Dog Park. In summer, enjoy a Nature Night or Astronomy Night at the fireside theater.

Cachuma Lake Group Campsites

Cachuma Lake has 10 group camping areas for group sizes ranging from 32 to 120. Group sites have picnic tables, food preparation tables, BBQ grills, large fire rings, and piped water. Some sites have electric lighting and outlets. the Apache Pines group site has 13 RV pads, each with water and electrical hook-ups.
Group Camping Areas Details

Fees: $220 to $825 per night
Reservations: Cachuma Lake Group Campsite Reservations
Cachuma Lake swimming pool, CA

Cachuma Lake Pool


boy in boat holding up fish he caught

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