Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Santa Barbara  /  Nature  /  Lake Cachuma

Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara

1.7
#7 of 18 in Parks in Santa Barbara
Water Body Nature / Park
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.
Put Lake Cachuma into our Santa Barbara tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santa Barbara.
Source
Create an itinerary including Lake Cachuma
map

Plans in Santa Barbara by other users

2 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 47 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in West Coast & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Santa Barbara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Santa Barbara

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Blessed with a mild climate and lush location, Santa Barbara remains a playground for the rich and famous, so it's no surprise that accommodations can be extremely expensive here. The priciest hotels are near the water, so before you make your reservations, decide if staying beachside fits into your budget. You can find more affordable rooms at any one of the area's small motels, located just blocks from the beaches. These offer secure parking, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
173 reviews
  • Camped one night at Lake Cachuma. Opted to book a campsite off the lake a little bit because many of them on the peninsula or shore are very exposed, mostly dirt with few trees. The more covered locat...  more »
  • I love going to the area where you can rent skiffs for the day and just enjoy the lake or you can just sit by the lake enjoying the view and the wildlife. The squirrels are pretty funny going about th...  more »
  • A charming lake in the Santa Ynez Mountains, with great camping facilities and boats for rent. Lovely for fishing or just relaxing by the lake.  more »