Lake Henshaw is actually located in Santa Ysabel and it a beautiful area with boating, fishing, hiking as well as the mission and casino to visit.
Lake use permits, $5.00 per day Boat Rental, $30.00 per day (With motor) $10.00 per day (Without motor)
Many of the buildings surrounding Lake Henshaw have burned to the ground on 29 October 2003, but it seems that the Tackle Shop, where the boats and fishing gear can be purchased, has survived.
SYGIRL wrote to me Sat Dec 1, 2007:
I live in Santa Ysabel, the Lake Henshaw store and resort are still there! The fire was not near the resort, restaurant nor the Santa Ysabel Mission.
In 2007 another devastating fire, the Witch Creek Fire raged in the area. Since SYGIRLwrote in December, 2007 that means that this second huge fire also did not damage the resort store or restaurant.
Lake Henshaw is actually a reservoir at the base of the Palomar Mountains and is owned by the Vista Irrigation District which supplies water to over 126,000 people. Much of the area is undeveloped, except for the Lake Henshaw Restort. There is a store selling, amongst other things, fishing supplies and permits, which are needed to legally fish in Lake Henshaw and The Roundup BBQ Grill a restaurant that I've gone to many times and it has a "wild west" feel to it that fits perfectly in this mountainous landscape.
The Roundup BBQ Grill is a new name to me. It was called Lake Henshaw Cafe when I was young. It's has a newer look and the prices are higher than they once were, but isn't that the way it is everywhere?They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes have live music. WARNING: The Cafe has burned to the ground, in a raging firestorm on 29...more
This is one of the two Julian Pie Companies in the region. It's a great place to stop and get coffee, pie, ice cream, and other desserts. Prices are very reasonable and the people are friendly.This is a place where everyone passing by the area tends to stop. You can eat inside, or go outside and use the picnic tables in a shaded area. I always...more
The Mission is closed at night,sorry.
However at Lake Henshaw you can take a walk around the lake or sit outside the cabin with your drink of choice and listen to the noises of nature, insects and wind blowing through the trees. See a million stars in the clear skies. Far from the maddening crowd, a place to commune with nature.
If that isn't what you want, why not take a trip to the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino! It's open 7 days a week 6:30 am to 2:00 am, except Friday and Saturday it's open 24 hours.
Dress Code: Casual and comfortable clothes is best, especially if you plan to stay for a while.
Mission Santa Ysabel cemetery! OOPS!
There really are no Tourist Traps here but you should know that Tourists are asked not to enter the Cemetary.
There are no fee for admission to the Church or the museum, but a donation is always welcomed.
There is a small historical museum next to the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church,(AKA: Santa Ysabel, an assistencia of Mission San Diego de Alcala.) that shows what lilfe was like in the area before the Gold Rush Days.
Though it was small and simple, it was very charming and interesting. The photo is a view of the Priest's dining area at the Mission, there were several rooms depicting life for the Missionaries.
Between the Church and the museum, where the original Mission Bells were hung, now has a statue, "The Angel of the Lost Bells" dedicated to finding the Mission Bells that were stolen sometime in 1926. Only the clappers have been found and are displayed in the museum.
Fishing is allowed on Lake Cuyamaca with a valid permit, $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. A State Fishing License for anyone 16 years and older is about $12.00 for one day of fishing and about $37.00 for an annual license. These are always required for fishing and can be purchased at the Bait and Tackle shop. Update:The price may be changed...more
Lake Cuyamaca is smaller now than when I was younger and went boating with my dad, but it is still big enough to enjoy rowing or riding in a motor boat. This is not a big "tourist" area, but is usually pretty busy on weekends during warmer days.You can also fish from the boats if you have purchased a permit.%c There is a boat ramp if you bring...more
One of my fondest memories of this area was the beautiful forest surrounding everything, including the road up to Santa Ysabel. However, when anyone has been careless with their campfires or matches or cigarettes, this area can be devastated. In the last five years this has happened on a huge scale twice! In 2003 a fire treatened this area and...more
Mission Santa Ysabel is still an active parish. I haven't been up this way for Mass in quite a while, but think it's worth a visit while in the area. Every year I'd bring my sons up here to buy their Halloween pumpkins at the Manzanitas Ranch. With the special whiff of fall in the air we'd wander through the various sections of the Manzanitas...more