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Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake Kayaking Photo Credit Pat Meyer

Cachuma Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Cachuma Lake is set amidst the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, in thCachuma Lake kayak fishinge 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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 64 65 66 69 70 72 76 78 77 74 70 86
Low 45 47 48 50 53 56 66 67 66 61 54 49

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 hThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookiking 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.

• Kayaks/canoes are permitted and must pass an inspection and wash. Personal floation devices must be worn at all times.  Boats must be of standard design and a minimum
10 ft. long, 42 in. wide, and 12 in. deep in the passenger carrying space.
• Inflatables must have a rigid floorboard, a solid transom, and 2 or more inflatable chambers. Boats under 12 ft. long and 48 in. wide may carry no more than 2 persons.
• Collapsibles must be at least 12 ft. long bow to stern, may not carry more than 2 persons, and may not carry a motor weighing more than 50 lbs. All collapsibles must display a Coast Guard certificate for design and manufacturer.





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