Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains north of Santa Barbara lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Winter is an exciting time of year at Cachuma Lake as it’s the time of year both resident and migratory bald eagles can be seen spying down from their oak tree perches. Meanwhile, red-tailed hawks scour the hills for prey and ospreys are on the hunt. Down at lake level, mallards, eared grebes, ruddy ducks, northern shovelers and wood ducks explore the bays and mud flats while great blue herons, great egrets and snowy egrets stalk the shoreline. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy an included boxed lunch at the picnic tables, along with time at leisure to visit the nature center and explore the picturesque nature trails on the lake shore. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a narrated lake cruise with a naturalist who will enlighten us on the area’s natural and cultural riches while we remain on the lookout for wildlife. The flat-bottomed, covered pontoon boat that only carries up to 22 guests and provides a gentle and relaxing experience, has padded seats and is ideal for wildlife viewing. While this is the ideal time to spot eagles and other wildlife at Cachuma Lake, wildlife is unpredictable and sightings are never certain, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed! This tour involves moderate walking over uneven terrain.
To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our guests, this tour will operate with additional health & wellness measures in place.
Visit our Departure Points page for more details on each location.
|LHS – Laguna Hills Mall Southeast Parking Lot
|FV – Fountain Valley at the Good Times Travel office
|LBCC-O – Long Beach City College Lot "O"
*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to listed departure time
**Return time is approximate and dependent on your drop-off location and traffic
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