Guided Lake Cruises
Let our Park Naturalists guide you on a 1.5-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 often 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 the Lake Cruise?
The tour is appropriate for all people ages 5 and up. At this time, the tour boat capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. Advance reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of cruise departure. Passengers will be required to wear facial masks and maintain at least 6 feet distance between the tour leader and all other passengers who are not of the same household. For more information, call (805) 688-4515. Due to the low lake level, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs at this time.
About the Osprey:
Pontoon boats are among the gentlest and safest water vessels. All 30 seats are padded swivel seats, 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.
Lake Cruise Fees:
Adults $15 (ages 13 and up).
Kids $10 (ages 5-12 year old; please no children under 5).
Lake Cruise Reservations:
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY CALLING (805) 688-4515 AND MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE LAKE CRUISE DEPARTURE TIME.
Please arrive at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area 1/2 prior to departure time to allow for park entrance, parking and visiting the restroom. A Park Naturalist will greet passengers at the Lake Cruise Waiting Area, located in the Marina 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Public Lake Cruise Schedule*
|Friday||2 to 3:30 pm|
|Saturday||10 to 11:30 a.m.||2 to 3:30 pm|
|Sunday||10 to 11:30 a.m.|
*All Lake Cruises are canceled on Christmas Day. Lake Cruises are also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather in which case a full refund will be issued.
Private Lake Cruises:
Guided Lake Cruises outside of the public cruise times posted above can be arranged for your school, community, or personal group depending upon schedule and staffing availability. For more information, please call the Park Naturalist office at (805) 688-4515.