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Lake Cuyamaca, Julian
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Lake Cuyamaca, also called Cuyamaca Lake, or Cuyamaca Reservoir, is a reservoir and a recreation area in the eastern Cuyamaca Mountains, located in eastern San Diego County, California.GeographyCalifornia State Route 79 wraps around three shores, and provides access to/from Julian to the north and I−8 to the south.Cuyamaca Reservoir is 2mi north of the Paso Picacho Campground and its trailheads in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.RecreationLake Cuyamaca is also a recreation area operated by the Helix Water District and the Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District. It offers boating, fishing, and camping at the reservoir. A campground, store, cafe, and tackle shop are onsite.The reservoir is stocked with over 38,000 lbs. of trout annually, and is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon.Conical Middle Peak is above the area on the east, and North Peak on the north. Hiking trails reach the summit of Cuyamaca Peak, located to the southwest of Cuyamaca Reservoir and in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.HistoryThe dam at Cuyamaca is the second oldest in California still in use, and was completed in 1888. It was built to supply drinking water to the city of San Diego. It was originally piped down to San Diego in wooden flumes. It continues to be part of the municipal water supply system for San Diego.
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  • Not good...Bread dry not stale Veg. Sandwich was dry View good Friend had fish and chips and it was small portions No good like it used to be Prefer Miner's Cafe in Town 
  • The kids had a lot of fun, ee went there on our way back from julian pie company and it was quick stop we made to stretch our legs before we headed back home 
  • Had a lovely hike with my husband. The lake is beautiful , good hike trails, nice area for fishing and kayaking. Definitely recommend