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Nature Cruises           

Let our Park Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour Lake Cruise aboard the Osprey. A 30-passenger pontoon boat for easy wildlife viewing and personal comfort, the Osprey explores the Lake as Naturalists follow nature's serendipity to reveal the area's natural and cultural riches.

In all seasons, Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants.

Our winter season brings out resident and migratory Bald Eagles and waterfowl from November through February. In spring and summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does.

Who would enjoy our cruise?
The tour is appropriate for all people ages 4 and up. Our boat can comfortably accommodate visitors who use wheel chairs, and we have an access ramp (please let us know so we may accommodate you).

About the Osprey:
Pontoon boats are among the gentlest and safest water vessels. All 30 seats are padded, and wildlife viewing is easy from any seat. There are viewing platforms at the front and rear of the boat. Most of the seats are shaded.

 Cachuma Cruise Bird List, 25 March 2013

    Boat Capacity: 30
    Cruise Length: 2 hours

Cruise Schedules

Public Cruises

for . . . . . . . . Families, friends, singles, groups  
 

 

Winter Eagle Cruises             Summer Wildlife Cruises
November through February    March through October
Friday 10 am to Noon & 2 to 4 pm   Friday     3 to 5 pm only
Saturday 10 am to Noon & 2 to 4 pm   Saturday 10 am to Noon & 3 to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to Noon only     Sunday 10 am to Noon only  

 

 

 

 

 Private Cruises. . . . . . . .   

Lake cruises outside of the public cruise times posted above can be arranged for your school, community, or personal group for a minimum of 15 people on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. For more information, please call the Park Naturalist at (805) 688-4515. Please Note: The Park Naturalist cannot book reservations for regular cruise times, posted above. 

Cruise Fees:
    
Adults $15
    Kids $7 (ages 4-12 year old; please no children under 4)

Cruise Reservations:  
    RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED in person at the main gate, or call:
     (805) 568-2460 Weekdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    (805) 686-5055 After 3:00 PM on Fridays and Weekends
   
 Meet at the Marina CRUISE WAITING AREA 1/2 hour before departure. The boat departs promptly on the hour.