Website design By BotEap.comIf you are looking for a great place to go camping, whether in a tent or have an RV, you must visit Cachuma Lake Campground in Santa Barbara County. Located off Hwy 154, it is a beautiful lake that offers many activities throughout the year. Widely known for fishing, this campground / recreation area also offers wildlife tours, hiking, boat rentals, a pool, miniature golf, and much more. However, swimming or skiing is not allowed in the lake, so keep this in mind when you go. The lake hosts year-round fishing tournaments and is home to the UCSB rowing team.

Website design By BotEap.comSo now that you know what the park has to offer, let me tell you a little more about it. Camp is a county-run park, camp is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. They do not accept reservations. They have a large number of full connection sites for Rvers, as well as partial connection sites. They have an even greater number of tent sites. In most cases, when you arrive they will give you a map of the camp, they will tell you what sites are available and you can drive around, choose the one you want and come back and pay for it. Most of the camping ground is dirt, they allow bonfires all year round and they have a wonderful little shop in case you forget or run out of something. There is also a wildlife museum in the park and they occasionally host special events for children. Do you prefer hiking? Try one of the many trails available around the lake. They range from short walks to longer walks. Maps are available in the park.

Website design By BotEap.comDo you want to see the wildlife? This is the place to do it. Because the park is located in the mountains, you will definitely see raccoons and probably a skunk. Keep your trash collected at night and raccoons will not be a problem. Skunks? Don’t do anything to scare them and they’ll leave, they’re just passing through anyway. You will also see squirrels, birds, and other small animals. Go down the boat launch ramp and you can feed the ducks, the carps will also come and eat with the ducks if you are lucky! You can tire yourself out cycling through the park on the roads that lead to the various campsites. They also have Yurts to stay in if you don’t want to stay in a tent.

Website design By BotEap.comLake Cachuma is only half an hour from the Santa Ynez Valley. Day trips to Solvang, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez are a must. There are a variety of fun shops, wine tastings, and great restaurants in the Valley. If you prefer to go to Santa Barbara, you can head in the other direction from the lake and it takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic. The most important thing to remember about camping there is to have a good time! Grill some marshmallows, make new friends, and catch a big fish! Enjoy Lake Cachuma and you will want to return.

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