Lake Watch - Current State of Lake Elsinore
Update as of October 8, 2022 - NOTE: Current State content is only updated if the status changes.
Status of the Lake: Lake Elsinore is closed for all recreational uses including boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming until further notice due to multiple toxins produced by the recent Algae bloom affecting the water's quality and shoreline. It is highly recommended that visitors do not enter or swim in the water as exposure to toxic algae can cause rashes, skin or eye irritation, allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems, and can also be fatal to dogs. Until the water quality improves, additional sampling of the lake will take place and continue weekly. Updates are posted as they become available and are necessary should the condition of the lake change.
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At 3,000 acres in size, Lake Elsinore is the largest natural, freshwater Lake in southern California.
All natural lakes play host to a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, algae and protozoa. Most of these microorganisms are essential to a healthy aquatic ecosystem, but some are potentially harmful to human health.
Waterborne illnesses caused by certain microorganisms, or germs, can result from body contact with water found in lakes, rivers and streams. Common symptoms of waterborne illnesses include diarrhea, nausea, skin rash, and nose and throat infections. Find out more about any known risks related to lake.
Your Role in Water Wellness:
To help reduce contamination in the lake and the risk of infection, here are some things you can do before entering the water.
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Lake elevations are expressed in feet above mean sea level. Visit our Guide to How Various Lake Elevations Affect the Lake and Recreation, to learn more.