The Lake

Canyon Lake reservoir is a truly unique resource in Southern California, providing a beautiful amenity for the community of Canyon Lake.  Residents and their guests are able to enjoy year round fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, pleasure boating, and other water sports.
Created in 1927 by damming the San Jacinto River, Canyon Lake has long been a recreational paradise and is the main attraction for people moving to the community.  This 383 acre lake has 15 miles of shoreline and averages 30-40 deep in most areas and is nearly 80 feet deep near the dam.  The lake is divided in two by the main causeway separating what is known as the Main Lake from the East Bay.  Canyon Lake generally warms up quickly in the summer time with water temperatures sometimes reaching 85 degrees in August.
Boating up to 35 mph is allowed on the main lake as well as waterskiing and wakeboarding in a clockwise fashion around the lake from one end to the other.  You’ll often see hydrofoils also performing their high flying stunts and occasionally sailors come out during the strong afternoon winds that are so prevalent in the summer time.  Boats are allowed on the water at all times but the speed limit is 5 mph from dusk until dawn.

Canyon lake East Bay
The East Bay is a 5 mph “no-wake zone” perfect for cruising on the boat.  It’s also great for kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing or just swimming at Indian Beach or one of the many coves.
Many great events are enjoyed on the lake including the Christmas Boat Parade, the 4th of July Fireworks, Polar Bear Day, and the Pedal / Paddle Regatta.
Canyon Lake has a reputation as one of the best fishing lakes in California with many anglers who really enjoy the thrill of the catch in the lake’s well stocked waters.  Anglers are often surprised at how good the fishing is in Canyon Lake.  With largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, there is ample opportunity to reel in a big catch.  Fishing is allowed by boat or in designated areas along the shore.  The Bass masters club is active in the community and sponsors the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby.  Many tournament anglers live in the community and hone their skills on the waters here.
Boats can be launched from the main boat ramp at Holiday Harbor or at the ramp at East Port Park.  Rental slips are available near the Lodge at Angler’s Landing Marina for those that want to keep their boats in the water.
There are two additional lakes within the community – the North Ski area located on Vacation Drive and the Ski Jump Lagoon located on Longhorn Drive.
Canyon Lake Ski Jump lagoon
The North Ski Area has a full time slalom course set up for competitive skiers and most mornings will find early morning skiers out carving up rooster tails.  The North Ski Are is also host to many tournaments and special events including “learn to ski” days and “learn to wakeboard” days.  There is a separate launch ramp for the North Ski Area and rules are posted by the Ski Club regarding area use and etiquette.  Beyond the slalom course is an area known as the backwater where many competitive level wake boarders practice.  The Ski Jump Lagoon is reserved for the many competition jumpers and trick skiers that live in Canyon Lake.