Canyon Lake

If Canyon Lake had to be described in one word, unique. One of only five gated cities in California, Canyon Lake began as a master-planned community developed by Corona Land Company in 1968. The Lake originally was formed in 1927 after Railroad Canyon Dam was built. It covers 383 acres and has 14.9 miles of shoreline. The “City of Canyon Lake” was incorporated on December 1, 1990. The City has a population of 10,647 and geographically spans 4.6 square miles.

There are 4,801 lots within the community. 1,035 of the homes within Canyon Lake have waterfront access with private boat docks and slips and about one-quarter are adjacent to the golf course. There are 175 condominiums and 125 manufactured homes in Canyon Lake. All of the homeowners within the Canyon Lake POA have rights and access to the Lake for recreational uses. Personal watercraft (Jet Skis, etc.) are banned for use on the reservoir. However, ski-boats (with a maximum length of 21 feet), fishing boats, row boats, paddle boats, sailboats and kayaks are allowed, as are wake-boarding and water-skiing. There is a 35 mph (56 km/h) speed limit on the main lake, which is patrolled by Canyon Lake’s Lake and Marine Patrol, as well the California Department of Fish and Game. The East Bay is limited to a “No Wake” speed. Each year the Association stocks the lake with a generous supply of catfish and bass, which join the crappie and bluegill there, for the enjoyment of fisherman. There are swimming areas, fishing “holes”, beaches, a slalom course and a jump lagoon, gas docks, and rental slips which make the lake a busy place thanks to the Canyon Lakers and the more than 2,000 boats they have registered with the POA. All boats must be registered and have insurance in a homeowner’s name. Canyon Lake is home to world class wake-boarders and water-skiers. Canyon Lake clubs train the new water-skier and wake-boarder and also plays host to many tournaments.

There are 13 parks in the community making up 45.5 acres (184,000 m2), many with sandy beaches as well as docks at which boats can be tie up for short periods. Indian Beach Park has a theatrical stage which is used by the Canyon Lake Community Theatre group for theatrical and other performances which are staged during the year.

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