Cachuma Lake is a beautiful medium sized lake located about 15 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The lake is a habitat for wildlife such as deer, cougars and many different species of birds who migrate past the area. The generally mild year round temperatures and clear water make this a great paddling location. Paddling the gentle waters here while admiring the view of the St Ynez Mountains in the distance is not to be missed.
Cachuma is a reservoir so no bodily contact with the water is permitted. You can kayak and canoe in the lake but any swimming is prohibited. Sit on top kayaks are allowed on the lake but paddle boards are not. Quagga Mussel inspections are required before you launch your kayak. Make sure your kayak is completely dry inside and out or else it will fail the inspection.
Cachuma Lake is a great kayak fishing location with plenty of structure and cover to fish throughout the lake. The drought has unfortunately hurt the fishery a lot as water levels have dropped severely. Largemouth bass, crappies, bluegill, catfish and more can be caught from the lake. Fishing the beds of underwater weeds with weedless rigged senko worms can be very effective. No live bait other than store bought worms are allowed on the lake.
Air temperature in Cachuma Lake ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 80s to 90s in the summer. Winter is the best time to come here as the temperature is just right and the weather is usually very clear. It is usually less crowded during the colder months as well.
Cachuma Lake Launch Ramp (Cachuma Lake)