Lake Cachuma Visit

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Lake Cachuma Visit
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By TwoScoops

A visit to Lake Cachuma [recently] was so enjoyable.  We saw at the entrance a new sign, “ CAUTION:  Please be careful when setting up camp under or around an Oak Tree.  Oak Tree limbs, or the entire tree, may fall.”   That’s a sign of the times.

There was also a sign for the new restaurant, HOOK’d.  We asked at the entrance and they said you get two hours free if you have your ticket validated in the restaurant.  We did.  We had a wonderful breakfast there.  Delicious.  They said they are open 7 days a week.  They have televisions inside the restaurant for people who want to watch games over the weekend.  There is also patio dining, with a nice view of the lake.  Very relaxing.  

S.B. County is obviously putting a lot of effort into this lovely park and it shows.  Thank you!  And, the landscaping looks great; everything is clean.  We’re going back next weekend for a Lake Cachuma Nature Cruise.  How lucky we are for a staycation.

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a-1571370819 Sep 30, 2019 08:52 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Beautiful Lake Cachuma. I visited there on Saturday and ate breakfast at Hook'd. Lots of people going out on rental boats and everyone was happy and contented. (Like Lake Wobegon).

a-1571370819 Sep 23, 2019 09:19 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Rain this weekend? Let's hope so, to let Lake Cachuma build up some more. I saw an osprey there recently, fishing, as they do.

a-1571370819 Sep 22, 2019 04:05 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Neal Taylor was mentioned. The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Lake Cachuma is a private, non-profit organization. On Oct. 19, they are having a fundraiser called “Creepy Creatures & Book Sale”. Nov. 29, Friday, at dusk, “Going Batty at The Nature Center” - see local bats. Events are wheelchair accessible, all ages.

a-1571370819 Sep 22, 2019 10:27 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Three best hard-sided cabins, with porches: Condor, Eagle, and Falcon - perched on hill facing Lake Cachuma. Hawk cabin is ADA compliant, with wheelchair ramp, in nearby area. All have bathrooms w/showers, but the Yurts (soft-sided cabins) don't have bathrooms, go outside to porta potty. There's a grocery store, a small gas station, an air-conditioned restaurant, a Nature Center w/lots of programs and books, hiking w/naturalists, boating, Frisbee Golf, astronomy (programs by Astronomical Unit-the stars at night). Pictures of cabins: https://www.countyofsb.org/parks/cachumacabins.sbc

therealbebe Sep 22, 2019 05:47 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Day Use fee is $10, which is well worth it. There is a beautiful hiking trail that goes all the way to the Dam, I think it's about 5 miles round trip. Or we grab our fishing poles and rent a boat for a couple of hours. Haven't caught anything yet, but people around us do! Finish it off with a bbq at one of the picnic areas overlooking the lake, and you have yourself an amazing day. It's a gem.

a-1571370819 Sep 21, 2019 09:59 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

We went a few years back when Neal Taylor still ran the boat trips. He was amazing, telling us stories of the Chumash living there before the government created the lake. We saw deer and many other animals and birds. The highlights were juvenile Bald Headed Eagles and white, freshwater pelicans. I had never seen either before.......Neal passed in 2011.

Longing2bhome Sep 21, 2019 06:34 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

The Nature Cruise is really informative and pretty. Thank you for the pictures and the info about the restaurant. We will have to try it.

TWOSCOOPS Sep 21, 2019 09:12 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

I have the brochure from the boat rental place; paddle boats, kayaks/canoes, boat&motor, patio deck boat. 805.688.4040. Thank you for the nice comments.

seahorse Sep 21, 2019 08:56 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

So nice to see all that water, thank you for sharing. Do they still have paddle boats for rent? Years ago we paddled out, not realizing the wind was behind us. Took forever to get back in, sometimes paddling full speed yet drifting backwards.

Flicka Sep 21, 2019 08:54 AM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Lake looks happy, thanks for showing us your photos.

Roger Sep 20, 2019 05:39 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Nice Article, I have never been there I like lakes more than oceans too maybe someday.

a-1571370819 Sep 20, 2019 03:37 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

Lots of new landscaping, including 1,000 new oak trees. It's a pleasure to drive around and see all the new plantings. It's a thriving place!

a-1571370819 Sep 20, 2019 03:37 PM
Lake Cachuma Visit

OP: Just be sure and take your warm coats and hats on the Nature Cruise. No matter what the weather, it gets breezy out on the lake and it's always best to take warm clothing along, just in case. Also recommend bringing your own binoculars, if you have them. The cruise has loaners I think, but nothing beats having your own good binoculars.

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