With 14.9 miles of shoreline and 383 surface acres, Canyon Lake is surrounded by 4800 custom built homes and lots within a private gated community. The lake, which was formed by a dam constructed in 1927, had been filled by rainwater coming from the San Jacinto Mountains and surrounding valleys until a 1955 agreement between the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and Temescal Water Company brought a more stable supply to the reservoir.
The Property Owners Association leases the lake's surface rights for the enjoyment of its membership. Lakeside parks, swimming areas, fishing “holes”, beaches, a slalom course, a jump lagoon, a gas dock, and rental slips make the lake a busy place. To accommodate the fishermen, the Association stocks the lake with a generous supply of catfish and bass which accompany the existing crappie and bluegill.
Canyon Lake amenities include; boating, water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, 18-hole olf course, 6 lighted tennis courts, new lighted pickleball courts, riding stables, Olympic size swimming pool, 2 restaurants, club house (the lodge), & lots of beaches, parks, community events, & clubs to fit anyones interests.