General Lake Questions
Q: Is Lake Elsinore open? (updated July 28, 2020)
A: Yes; Lake Elsinore is currently open for recreational use.
Q: What are the hours for the Lake?
A: Sunrise to Sunset.
Q: How much does it cost to use the Lake?
A: Every motorized vessel that uses Lake Elsinore, must have a Lake Use Pass. Daily Lake Use Passes are $10 per day. Annual Pass options are available and can be found here. Please note that launching fees still apply, and the price is dependent upon which boat launch you choose to use.
Q: Is alcohol consumption allowed on City parks or beaches?
A: Alcohol is not permitted on any City parks or beaches, except for at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park.
Q: Where is the public beach located?
A: There are two public beaches:
1. Elm Grove Beach - 500 W. Lakeshore Drive. Free, limited parking available.
2. Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park - 32040 Riverside Drive. Parking fees apply.
Q: Are showers located at any public beaches?
A: No, there are no public showers at any public beaches.
Q: Is there a day use fee or parking fee on Elm Grove Beach?
A: No, there are no fees for the recreational use and parking at Elm Grove Beach. Space and parking is limited.
Q: Can Elm Grove Beach be reached by boat?
Q: Can I reserve a spot on Elm Grove Beach?
A: Yes, you can reserve a shelter at Elm Grove Beach. Visit the reservations page for a link to the online reservation portal.
Q: Is tubing allowed on the Lake?
A: Inflatable towables are permitted, provided they are used in accordance with the commercial manufacture's intended use.
Q: Are dogs allowed in the lake?
A: Yes, dogs are allowed on and in the lake. However it is not recommended. Dogs should not ingest the water and should always be on a leash.
Q: Where can I launch my boat from?
A: The Lake has many private boat launches surrounding the water. The only public boat launch is at: Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park located at: 32040 Riverside Drive. Launch and Lake use fees apply.
Q: Is Seaport Boat Launch Open?
A: Not currently. The only City Boat Launch currently open is Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park located at: 32040 Riverside Drive.
Q: Do I need reservations to launch my boat at the City boat launch at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park?
A: No, reservations are not required or accepted. The launch is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is subject to early, daily closures when the parking lot is at max capacity.
Q: Are two stroke engines allowed on the Lake?
Q: Is overnight mooring permitted?
A: Only shoreline property owners with an Annual Lakefront Use Pass may moor their vessel overnight.
Q: Are there fishing beaches?
A: Yes, there are three locations on Lakeshore Drive. 1) Whiskers Fishing Beach at Townsend Street, 2) Davis Street Fishing Beach on Davis Street, and 3) Lowell Street Fishing Beach on Lowell Street. Fishing is also permitted at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park on 32040 Riverside Drive
Q: Is there a fee for fishing?
A: Fishing fees are only applicable at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park, all other beaches are free to fish. Anyone 16 years or older must have a valid California State Fishing license to fish.
Q: Is there a fee for parking at the public fishing beaches?
A: Parking is free at public fishing beaches, except for at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park where parking is $10, plus any applicable fees*.
Q: What are the shoreline fishing hours:
A: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
*PLEASE NOTE: As of September 2nd, 2019, a 2.75% convenience fee will be charged on all credit/debit card payments.