Lake Cuyamaca - San Diego, CA - California - Lake Cuyamaca
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Lake Cuyamaca
GPS Coordinates: N 32° 59.205 W 116° 34.985
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Lake Cuyamaca encompasses 110 acres and is situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet. The lake rests in an oak and pine forest and is surrounded on 3 sides by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Stocked with over 44,000 lbs. of fish, Lake Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon.
Free fishing classes are offered every Saturday at 10 AM., with fly and bass fishing classes offered periodically during the appropriate time of year.
Motor boat rentals are available daily for a fee. Paddle boats and canoes are also available on a seasonal basis. Free tip sheets are provided on the best way to catch each species of fish. The best fishing is during the last 3 hours of daylight.
The Quagga Mussel boat wash station is now open for private boats with outboard motors only.
Lake Cuyamaca has 40 RV sites and 14 tent sites next to the lake and we now have two cabins, "Rainbow Rendezvous" and "Raccoon Hollow", available for rent. Rainbow Rendezvous is wheelchair accessible. Reservations are accepted from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, only.
Additionally, the State Park has 160 campsites located close to the lake, including 16 campsites for equestrian. The State Park also has a museum and runs campfire programs and nature hikes.
Lake Cuyamaca is the best spot in Southern California for viewing native wildlife species. Deer and other animals can be seen along the lake shore almost any morning or evening.

Facilities: Lake Cuyamaca has several campsites located around the lake. Boat rentals and boat launches are available.

Best Time To Visit: Lake Cuyamaca is open year-round.

Campsites must be paid for in advance. To hold a campsite, it must be reserved or occupied. Checkout time is 12:00 noon. Camping limit in any one campground is 30 days per calendar year.

Fees: At most California State Parks, day use fees are charged for parking only. There is no charge to walk or bike into these parks. Most historical parks and museums charge a day use fee per person.

Accessibility: Unknown

Rules: Dogs are allowed on a leash and out of the water; they can go in our boats and are welcome in our cabins but, PLEASE, pick up after your dog.

Disturbance or destruction of natural scenery, plants and animals resources is strictly forbidden. Loaded firearms and hunting are not permitted. Park quite hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. All vehicle travel must be confined to designated roads or areas. Please clean up after yourself so that others may enjoy the beauty of these parks.
Fires are permitted only in facilities provided for this purpose. Gathering of down wood is prohibited. Portable stoves may be used in designated areas. All fireworks are prohibited.
Animals may not be turned loose in park units. All animals, other than grazing animals, must be under immediate physical control. Dogs must be on a tended leash no more than 6 feet or confined in an enclosed vehicle, tent or pen. Dogs, other than those that assist the permanently disabled, are prohibited on trails, beaches, and wherever posted.

Directions: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park located east of San Diego on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8.

Map: Click here for a map to Lake Cuyamaca

Reservations: Lake Cuyamaca accepts reservations.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, California 92004
General: (760) 767-4037
Fax: (760) 765-1749
(760) 765-0515
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