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Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara

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Cachuma Lake is an artificial lake located in the Santa Ynez Valley of central Santa Barbara County, California on the Santa Ynez River adjoining the north side of California State Route 154. The reservoir was created by the construction of Bradbury Dam, a 201ft earth-fill structure built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1953. Its surface area covers 3100acre, with a maximum design capacity of 205000acre.ft, but it is currently limited to 188,000acre-feet due to sediment accumulation and as of March 20th, 2017 it is at 49.3% capacity.HistoryBuilt by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1953, the name "Cachuma" comes from a Chumash village that the Spanish spelled "Aquitsumu", from the Barbareno Chumash word aqitsu'm, meaning "sign". Body contact activities such as swimming, wading, or water skiing in Lake Cachuma have been restricted since the park opened in the 1950s, reasoning that the lake was a reservoir people depend upon for drinking water. In May 2011, the no body contact regulation was revised to allow human-powered recreational watercraft such as kayaks and canoes on the lake as well as allow dogs on boats and eliminate "incidental body contact" with the water as a punishable offense.A large campsite on the south shore of Cachuma Lake is administered by the Santa Barbara County Parks division of the Community Services Department.
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  • Camped out in Santa Barbara County Recreational area Cachuma Lake - claims to be in the rain shadow and does not have its fair share of renewed water resources.... so its at 50% and boats are using th...  more »
  • If you are going to Solvang from LA, its a nice stop, just 10 minutes to admire the laje and the mountains behind. Them continue 15 minutes and you arrive to solvang.  more »
  • These cabins were perfect. Entire area was beautiful and well maintained. We would plan another trip to CA just to stay at Lake Cachuma.  more »