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 have so many places to explore and enjoy.

  • Fish for monster bass at Lake Casitas.
  • Enjoy the calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake.
  • Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point
  • 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 Campgounds

3,100-acre Cachuma Lake is located 25 miles north of Santa Barbara. Four campgrounds along the lake's south 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's four 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. 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.

Campground Basics
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 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 Campground Maps
Nearby Attractions: Marina, boating (no water contact, so no jet skis, water skiing, etc.), fishing, swimming pool, nature center, hiking trails, equestrian trails, Junior Rangers, Dog Park

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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