Lake At Highest Level Since 2012, Remains Open

Post Date:04/21/2020 2:35 PM

Recent rains have benefited our lake tremendously. In fact, the lake water levels are higher than they have been since June 2012.

Since October, the lake has risen 6 feet to our highest water level of 1,244.85'. This will be extremely helpful for the upcoming summer when warm weather brings a higher probability of fish kills and algae blooms. This means we should expect improved water quality this year.

Lake Elsinore is located at the bottom of the 720 square-mile San Jacinto Watershed. Rainfall throughout this area flows downstream through various tributaries into Canyon Lake before spilling into Lake Elsinore. This “run-off” brings critical water supply for the lakes, but is also susceptible to carrying with it nutrients and sediment that can be detrimental to the lakes’ water quality over time by encouraging algae growth. 

The Lake Elsinore & San Jacinto Watersheds Authority is tasked with monitoring and helping to find ways to offset the impacts and reduce the overall nutrients in these lakes through projects such as Alum Treatments in Canyon Lake and the Aeration and Mixing System in Lake Elsinore. 
Following this week's orders from Riverside County, all beach parking lots are now reopened. We remind everyone that the lake remains open for recreational use at this time, but all public health orders of social distancing and face coverings must be maintained while visiting. Signage has been posted appropriately and visitors are informed of these requirements. 

The City is actively monitoring all lake activity and is prepared to close the lake if public health orders are not being upheld.

See the full news release here.

Spillover 2020

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