Lake Watch - Current State of Lake Elsinore
Update as of July 1, 2020 - NOTE: Current State content is only updated if the status changes.
Lake Elsinore is open and safe for all recreational uses including boating, fishing, kayaking and more. The City regularly samples and monitors the Lake as needed to ensure the health and safety of Lake Elsinore. Updates are posted as they become available and are necessary should the condition of the lake change.
- For more on the health of Lake Elsinore or Fish Kill - click here.
- For more information on Algae blooms, click here.
- For more information on the Bacterial Monitoring done on Lake Elsinore, click here.
What You Need to Know Before Coming to Lake Elsinore
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. A very rare brain infection that is usually fatal is caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba found in warm freshwater and soil worldwide. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website for more information.
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.