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





Lake Levels in Lake Elsinore Lake Elsinore's optimal lake level is 1240' above sea level. 

Lake Hours: The Lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset. 

Lake Watch: Current Status of Lake Elsinore related to Water Quality 

Health Facts for Lake Users and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Get your card here: http://californiaboatercard.com/

Starting January 1, 2018, Senate Bill 941 requires California boaters to obtain a California Vessel Operator Card (CVOC). The CVOC requirement will be phased in over 8 years.

January 1, 2018: Persons 20 years of age or younger
January 1, 2019: Persons 25 years of age or younger
January 1, 2020: Persons 35 years of age or younger
January 1, 2021: Persons 40 years of age or younger
January 1, 2022: Persons 45 years of age or younger
January 1, 2023: Persons 50 years of age or younger
January 1, 2024: Persons 60 years of age or younger
January 1, 2025: All persons regardless of age

Lake Attractions

Lake Elsinore is ideal for motor boating, jet skiing, water skiing, 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.

Passes and Fees

All motorized vessels (and sailboats over 8' in length), are required to have a Lake Use Pass while operating 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 facility day use, which varies per facility.

Annual Passes may be purchased online and are valid for 12 months from date of issuance.

A summary of lake use and resort use regulations and fees can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: As of September 2nd, 2019, a 2.75% convenience fee will be charged on all credit/debit card payments. 


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.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Boating Courses

Take a Boater Safety Course to get a discount on your annual lake use pass.  

To register, reach out to Pete Dawson at peterdawson3@verizon.net or (951) 202-1584

The U.S. Coast Guard hosts Auxiliary Public Boating Courses are hosted at: 

Lake Elsinore Marine 
18010 Grand Avenue 
Lake Elsinore,  CA  92530

The 2019 Calendar is as follows:

 About Boating Safety  04-14-19  9.5 Hrs. 
 About Boating Safety 05-19-19 9.5 Hrs
 About Boating Safety  06-09-19 9.5 Hrs
 About Boating Safety 07-21-19 9.5 Hrs
 About Boating Safety 08-18-19  9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety 09-15-19 9.5 Hrs
About Boating Safety 10-20-19 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety 11-17-19 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety 12-15-19 9.5 Hrs 


*Classes are offered through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and are subject to change, so please confirm registration with U.S. Coast Guard representative.

Vessel Inspections

Get your vessel inspected by the US Coast Guard and if you pass the inspection, receive a free daily lake use pass for your next visit.

 Vessel inspection dates are as follows:

Memorial Day Weekend

4th of July Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

Lake and Aquatic Resources Department

Please contact the Community Services Department for further information regarding lake use, amenities, programming, and applicable regulations. Phone (951) 674-3124 ext. 265

 Please contact the Public Works Department to report problems with buoys, docks, shoreline facilities or aeration system.  Phone (951) 674-3124 ext. 301.

Lake Elsinore Update Presentation - January 30, 2017

Download here.

Lake Elsinore Water Levels (City)

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