Boating at Cachuma Lake
NEW SAME-DAY LAUNCH
Starting June 15, 2018, Cachuma Lake will be allowing same-day launching for "simple boats" with current California registration. To qualify as a "simple boat" the vessel must have an open hull, no compartments, and a single outboard motor. The boat must enter Cachuma Lake Clean, Drained, and Dry. This criteria is stringent and must be followed to allow for same day launching. Boat owners with questions regarding same-day launches or the criteria to qualify as a "simple boat" can call (805) 686-5052.
Santa Barbara County Parks enforces a 30-day vessel quarantine on all trailered vessels entering Cachuma Lake. A quarantine period of this length provides additional protections against the invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussel species. There are two exceptions to the quarantine policy: 1) Vessels that already have a Cachuma Lake boat launch security tag will not have to be inspected, and 2) kayaks and canoes will be allowed to launch after passing the inspection program and power wash. Visit our Quagga & Zebra Mussel Prevention page for detailed information and download the Boat Launch Protocol.
As Cachuma Lake is a domestic water supply, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, or any other body contact with the water is prohibited. Regattas of 8 or more boats must notify the park at least one week in advance of the event. As Cachuma Lake is a domestic water supply, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, or any other body contact with the water is prohibited. Regattas of 8 or more boats must notify the park at least one week in advance of the event.
A Cachuma Lake boating permit (annual or day-use) and current state registration (decal and number) and the STOP Aquatic Nuisance endorsement sticker must be displayed. Standard-designed boats must be a minimum 10 ft. long, 42 in. wide and 12 in. deep in the passenger carrying space. Inflatables must have rigid flooring, a rigid 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. in length, 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. Catamarans with trampoline decks must be at least 14 ft. in length, and may carry a maximum 4 persons.
Kayaks and canoes are allowed at Cachuma Lake. Click to see rules, regulations, and lake map. For your safety, please review these before kayaking or canoeing on Cachuma Lake.
Cachuma Lake Marina and Boat Rentals has one- and two-person kayaks for rent through Rocky Mountain Recreation. They have a full tackle shop, which includes fishing license sales.