cachuma lake

Welcome to Cachuma Lake Recreation Area ... A Santa Barbara County Park renowned for its natural beauty and variety of fun things to do. For park information call (805) 686-5054 or 686-5055 (Voice/TDD). Click here for detailed maps with park features.

Tent, Trailer and RV Camping (All single family campsites are first-come first-serve)
More than 420 campsites, 90 with full electrical, water and sewer hookups, and 38 with electrical and water hookups, can accommodate any size tent or RV. Each campsite contains a picnic table and BBQ pit, with showers, restrooms and water nearby. An RV dump station is also available.

Yurt Camping
Yurts provide a camping experience with homey comforts. A cross between a tent and tepee, the yurts at Cachuma Lake feature platform beds to sleep 5 to 6, lockable door, inside lighting and heating, and screened windows in the wood and fabric siding. Set on the bluff with access to the lakeshore, the view is spectacular.

Currently there are only 3 Yurts at Cachuma Lake, which may be reserved year-round up to 6 months in advance. Fees range from $45 to $65 per night depending on yurt size and season. A non-refundable $15 reservation fee will also be charged, and all reservations must be secured with a credit card. There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekends, and a 3-night minimum stay for all major holidays. For yurt information and reservations call (805) 686-5050 Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm.

NEW Cabin Rentals at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Reservations can now be made for an alternative-style camping experience at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. Central Coast Cabins offers three private one-bedroom cabins equipped with electricity, full bathrooms, kitchenettes, living rooms, private porches and picnic tables. For your convenience, kitchenettes are fully equipped for cooking and serving. Simply pack your sleeping bags/bedding, pillows, towels/toiletries and groceries. Your effortless vacation begins the moment you arrive at your cabin.

Cabins may be reserved year-round and up to one year in advance. Rental rates range from $145 to $165 per night based on cabin size and season. A non-refundable $15 reservation fee will be charged, and all reservations must be secured with a credit card. There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends, and a three-night minimum stay for major holidays. Please visit our website at For reservations and/or additional information, you can email or call (805) 934-1441. Central Coast Cabins welcomes you to experience alternative–style camping in the serene and peaceful setting of Cachuma Lake Recreation Area.

Group Area Camping

Group areas may be reserved for groups ranging in size from 32 to 120 people. Two-night minimum reservation on weekends (three-night minimum on holiday weekends.) Group areas may be reserved for the following year starting the first working day after Labor Day. A $25 non-refundable reservation fee is required at the time the reservation is made.

Each group area contains enough picnic tables to seat the whole group, a food preparation table, a large adjustable barbeque grill, a large fire ring, and a water faucet. Some also have electric lighting fixtures and an electric outlet. One group area, Apache Pines, has 13 RV pads each with its own water and electrical hookups, fire ring and picnic table, in addition to all the above amenities. For group area information and reservations call (805) 686-5050 Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm. Click here for specific group area fees.

Recreation Facilities

You'll find a fully stocked general store, gas station, coin laundry, and hot showers. Great care has been taken to make our facilities accessible to everyone. Children's playgrounds, lake cruises, the nature center, fishing piers, and hiking trails await you and your family. The Marina is open year-round and sells bait and tackle, fuel and fishing licenses. It also boasts a terrific snack bar & grill. The Family Fun Center includes a swimming pool, video games, miniature golf, and snack bar, and is open daily during the summer.


We ask all dogs owners to bring current copy of proof of rabies vaccination. Dogs are required be on a leash of 6 ft. or less and are not allowed within 50 ft. of shoreline nor in a boat. Dogs are not to be left unattended at any time and owners must clean up after their pets. Vicious or very noisy animals will not be allowed. $3.00 per day per dog.


Click here for Park Fees.

Click here for Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Lake Cruises & Nature Programs.

Click here for Cachuma Lake's Calendar of Events .

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
A Santa Barbara County Park
HC 59 - Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Recorded Info: (805) 686-5054
Group Reservations: (805) 686-5050
Fax: (805) 686-5075
Voice/TDD: (805) 686-5055

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