Cachuma Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Cachuma Lake is set amidst the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, in the Santa Ynez Valley approximately 12 miles east of Solvang. The nearby Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains add to the natural beauty of this pristine paddling getaway. The lake lies within Los Padres National Forest.
Kayaks and canoe are now allowed at Cachuma Lake, but swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, or any other body contact with the water is still prohibited. However, they do have a swimming pool you can dunk in.
A boating permit and current state registration must be displayed. To prevent the transport of invasive mussels, no live bait, other than commercially purchased worms and night crawlers, will be allowed. All other live bait including water born bait (minnows, crawdads) are strictly prohibited. Cachuma Lake Boat Inspection Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Open: Cachuma Lake is open year round, seven days a week, from sunrise to one hour before sunset.
Fees: There is a fee to launch, a day use, camping, pet and fishing fee.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of a general store, a marina, gas station, coin laundry, a children's playgrounds, lake cruises, the nature center, fishing piers, and hiking trails. The Marina is open year-round and sells bait and tackle, fuel and fishing licenses. The Family Fun Center includes a swimming pool, video games, miniature golf, and snack bar, and is open daily during the summer. A variety of kayaks and boats are available for rent year-round.