The Lake At a Glance
Lake Elsinore is Southern California’s premier destination for water recreation, extreme sports, sky-diving and shopping. At just about an hour or so from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, Lake Elsinore is a great weekend destination for Southern California families to recreate.
Lake Elsinore is Southern California’s largest natural lake at 3,300 acres. The lake welcomes visitors for boating, wakeboarding, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, sunbathing, picnicking or just playing on the beach.
Historical Lake Facts
- In the early 1900s, Lake Elsinore was a popular destination for celebrities to escape the Hollywood scene.
- The lake went dry in the mid 1930s and the town was abandoned by most of the celebrity visitors but refilled by 1938.
- During World War II Lake Elsinore was used to test seaplanes and a Douglas Aircraft plant making wing assemblies for B-17 bombers was located in the city.
- In 1980, heavy rainstorms caused the lake to flood and destroy nearby homes and businesses. After the flood occurred, a new system was implemented to allow water that spills over to be released from Canyon Lake Dam and flow into Lake Elsinore.
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