Boating at Cachuma Lake
The jump in lake level over the past two weeks now makes it possible to launch boats. Lake is over 45% full and should continue to rise although a little more slowly than in the past few weeks
We are allowing public boat launching. As always, boater need to be aware of floating debris and submerged hazards. Fishing licenses are for sale at the store and the bait shop and annual passes are for sale at the park front gate.
All boats that do not have a Cachuma tag are subject to the 30 day quarantine for quagga/zebra mussel.
Cachuma Lake Given Maximum Protection from Invasive Species: Santa Barbara County Extends Vessel Quarantine to 30 Days. The County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department Parks Division has received Board of Supervisor's approval to increase protection from aquatic invasive species at Cachuma Lake. Staff will be enforcing a 30 day vessel quarantine on all trailered vessels entering Cachuma Lake, which is an extension of the current 14 day quarantine period. A longer quarantine period provides additional protections against the invasive species. There are two exceptions to the new 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. With more stringent quarantine protocols the lake can continue recreational boating. Please view the entire Cachuma Lake 30-Day Quagga Protocol press release here. View detailed boat launch protocols here.
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.