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Lake Cuyamaca

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
+1 760-765-0515
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Great place to Camp and fish.

Attended the annual kids fishing tournament. Camped out for the weekend. Excellent car camping... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Nice surprise!

After driving through the desert from Palm springs coming upon this little community with a damned... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Charlottetown, Canada
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Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bait shop” (3 reviews)
“san diego” (7 reviews)
“enjoy nature” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
+1 760-765-0515
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the annual kids fishing tournament. Camped out for the weekend. Excellent car camping site. Hookups and bathrooms/coin showers if needed. Great event. Staff at the tackle shop and restaurant are friendly, professional, and welcoming!! Will return again for sure. Awesome place. Highly recommended!!!

Thank docholiday174
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After driving through the desert from Palm springs coming upon this little community with a damned Lake is a pleasant surprise. The lake, being fully provisioned for water sports is a gem as you exit the desert.

Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

It’s like stepping back in time. This is a very small pristine lake, and seeing the wooden canoes and small boats against the beautiful trees and mountains is almost like a postcard. The lake has a boat launch, picnic area, fishing spots and plenty of...More

Thank RNRVTravler
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I have been coming to this Lake for many many years and have pulled some mighty fine fish out of this lake. I have walked the trails and I have taken my Grand kids on bike rides all around this lake. You will find the...More

Thank K9378HYjillk
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Being a native San Diegan and living in the East County of San Diego, Lake Cuyamaca has been a favorite destination of mind for many years. The Lake itself is beautiful and is a quiet place to relax and just take in the scenery. It's...More

2  Thank Chucknteojamul
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Two fishing experiences- first day caught a fish! Second day rented a pontoon and that was great great fun out on the lake. Sunday Uncle Cory fried the fresh trout and we all enjoyed our appetizer for dinner. We took our annual Canadian Thanksgiving Family...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

So peaceful and quiet. Go today and also have the pie. The fishing is great too. There is a hike around the lake at Stoneeall mine that is beautiful too

Thank SanDiegoDownSyndrome
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Take a ride into the hills out of San Diego and you can beat the Lake Cuyamaca area. Camping, hiking, driving...just enjoy it.

Thank Umbear
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This is a fun place to stop for lunch. On HiWay 79 maybe 6 to 7 miles south and west of Juilan. Also access by the Sunrise Highway. Its a nice half day trip from San Diego just for a different sort of meal: East...More

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Took a short ride out to the Lake. If you are staying in Julian, you have to visit the area around Stonewall mine and the Lake area. Can't say much about the lake because we didn't stop but the land around it, really is like...More

Thank Tdiddy2
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24 May 2017|
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Response from KQDeeKQ | Reviewed this property |
$10.00 to park and picnic tables and some BBQ'S , Trees and maybe bugs. Earybirds do have better spots. Pay at the shop next to the restaurant @ 15027 HWY 79. Check out KQ Ranch on the internet. She if they have free 3 day... More
19 June 2016|
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Response from Bernadette G | Reviewed this property |
I saw people riding horses on a separate trail near the lake. I saw no stables at the fishing marina that controls access to the trail around the lake.