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Lake and Aquatic Resources

Welcome to Southern California's largest freshwater lake

Scenic Lake

Lake Elsinore is the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California with 3,000 surface acres and over 14 miles of shoreline.

Lake Hours

The Lake is open from sunrise to sunset.
Health Facts for Lake Users and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lake Attractions

Lake Elsinore is ideal for motor boating, jet skiiing, waterskiing, wake boarding, kayaking and fishing. It boasts public beaches with picnic and shade features, plenty of safe easy-access parking, a three mile levee for hiking, nature watching and fishing (some areas restricted), and a tournament channel for professional ski instruction and club and pro competitions.


All motorized vessels (and sailboats over 8' in length), are required to have a Lake Use Pass when on the Lake. Daily Lake Use passes are $10 and can be purchased at all boat launch facilities. A separate fee may be charged for boat launching and day use, which varies per facility. Annual Lake Use Passes, good for the calendar year are available only at the Cashier at City Hall during regular business hours. Fishing is permitted by boat or from designated public fishing beaches. Anyone 16 years and older must have a valid California State fishing license.


Safety is our number one priority. All boaters must carry approved safety equipment and may be subject to inspection. Visitors are advised to heed all safety rules and posted signs in and around the Lake. Loaner life jackets for beach users are available at no cost. Be water wise and be safe. Please review the lake rules when planning a visit.

Lake and Aquatic Resources Department

Please contact the Lake Department for further information or to report problems with buoys, docks, shoreline facilities or aeration system.  Phone (951) 674-3124 X265.

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Last updated: 6/12/2015 2:36:11 PM