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















Lake Elsinore LAKE LEVELS

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 facility day use, which varies per facility.

Annual Lake Use Passes, Annual Lakefront Use Passes, Annual Launch Passes are good for the calendar year and are available only at the Cashier at City Hall during regular business hours. Annual Resort Passes are available for calendar use of La Laguna Resort. Fishing is permitted by boat or from designated public fishing beaches. Anyone 16 years and older must have a valid California State fishing license. Annual Fishing Passes are available for purchase at City Hall and at La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch.  

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


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.  

 Register at: http://wow.uscgaux.info/peclass.php?unit=114-11-05 OR reach out to Pete Dawson at peterdawson3@verizon.net

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

Lake Elsinore Marine 
18010 Grand Avenue 
Lake Elsinore,  CA  92530

The 2017 Calendar is as follows:

 Boating Skills & Seamanship  03-02-17 9 Weeks 
 About Boating Safety  04-23-17  9.5 Hrs
 About Boating Safety  05-21-17  9.5 Hrs
 Weekend Navigator  06-08-17 2.5 Hrs
 About Boating Safety  06-25-17 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety  07-16-17 9.5 Hrs
Boating Skills & Seamanship  07-27-17 9 Weeks 
 About Boating Safety  08-20-17 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety  09-17-17 9.5 Hrs 
 Weekend Navigator  10-12-17 2.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety  10-15-17 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety  11-19-17 9.5 Hrs 
 About Boating Safety 12-17-17  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:

May 27 - 29: Memorial Day Weekend

July 1 - 4: 4th of July Weekend

September 2 - 4: 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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