UPDATE- 8/19/2022

Update as of August 18, 2022 – NOTE: Page only updated if the status changes. See below for any advisories currently related to Cyanobacteria, i.e. Harmful Algae Blooms. Please note, at this time, sampling is being conducted every two weeks by the State for a study. The City makes every effort to update this information, however, you are encouraged to also check the state’s website. The link is listed below. Signs are posted and updated around the lake whenever the status changes. 

Status of the Lake: Lake Elsinore is closed effective immediately for all recreational uses including boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming until further notice due to multiple toxins produced by the recent Algae blooms 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. The City and State regularly sample and monitors the Lake 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.


As of February 26, 2019, the City has received over 12 inches of rain this year. This far exceeds last year’s total rainfall of 3.4 inches and is above the annual average of 11 inches of rain per year.

Rainwater from as far as Idyllwild flows downhill to Canyon Lake and into Lake Elsinore. Therefore, even after the rain stops water can still be flowing into our lake.

So far, this winter, Lake Elsinore has risen by approximately 6.5 feet to 1240.93 feet above sea level. With more rain expected, the City is hopeful that the lake will continue to receive more rainwater to get well above the optimal lake level of 1240 feet.

Other important links for keeping up-to-date on rainfall and lake water level measures may be found below:

 Lake Elsinore & Canyon Lake Levels

 Lake Elsinore & Riverside County Rainfall Data 

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