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Address: HC 59 - Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Great scenic drive from Santa Barbara - great campground - but the lake is almost empty

Boy - at Lake Cachuma you can really see the toll six years of drought have taken on California. The landscape is spectacular, the campground is huge and well furnished - they... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
jwmclean20016
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Washington, DC
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Carlsbad, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

A large lake where you can camp or just relax and enjoy the scenery. It's a state run park, very clean and well kept. Good for the entire family to have a nice day out and maybe picnic.

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Washington, DC
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Boy - at Lake Cachuma you can really see the toll six years of drought have taken on California. The landscape is spectacular, the campground is huge and well furnished - they even have yurts. But the lake is 90% empty. "Floating docks" are sitting on dry ground. Still, it's a beautiful place and worth the 30 minute drive from... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Sadly, Lake Cachuma is down to 5% of its capacity, and is the source of the Sta Barbara water supply! This should have been a wake up call long ago, what is surface water recreation compared to water to drink?? A sad situation for our world.

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Thank Anabel-2013
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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119 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Don't bother. It will take years of rain to replenish. The Southern California Drought has deal this once wonderful attraction a death blow.

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Rescue, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

In one sense, everyone should see Lake Cachuma because the water level is so low. You will feel like conserving water. On the other hand, the recreational opportunities are better when the Lake is higher so I rated it average. Hopefully, it will fill up this winter.

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Thank travelin_artist
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Travelling past on way from Santa Barbara to Solvang so called in to see the lake area. It was a sad sight to see how far the water has receded. Camping area appeared to be well maintained. Security at the gate allowed us 15 mins look around free of charge. I don't think you would want to holiday here if... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The CA drought has really affected Lake Cachuma and the lake has almost disappeared. So sad! From what I could see from the road, it appears that the campground is still open though. You might want to call and check before showing up.

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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Avoid at all costs if you want to sleep. There is no type of enforcement and people pretty much do what they want all night; including arriving with full families at 3 am. We were unable to sleep and had to leave early. I'm asking for a refund for the night we paid and did not use as we decided... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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478 reviews
271 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Went to the observation point for a look at the lake I used to fish and boat in as a kid. The drought has turned it into a mud puddle. Sad to see. The coves I used to fish in are all empty canyons now.

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Thank David B
Arlington, Va
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The drought has taken its toll on this much=loved lake and the fall in water levels has had a knock-on effect on the accompanying activities - boating, camping etc. Staff are really helpful but the drought blights all. Avoid until the rains come again.

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