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Canyon Lake, sometimes referenced as Railroad Canyon Reservoir is a reservoir created in 1928 by the construction of the Railroad Canyon Dam in Railroad Canyon or (San Jacinto Canyon) in the Temescal Mountains of southwestern Riverside County, California. The reservoir covers approximately 525 acres (212 ha), has 14.9 miles (24.0 km) of shoreline, and has a storage capacity of 11,586 acre⋅ft (14,291,000 m3). It is owned and operated by the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Canyon Lake
Railroad Canyon Reservoir
The Canyon Lake Lodge.jpg
Canyon Lake Lodge, light house and marina
LocationTemescal Mountains,
Riverside County, California
Coordinates33°41′15″N 117°16′09″W / 33.6876°N 117.2692°W / 33.6876; -117.2692Coordinates: 33°41′15″N 117°16′09″W / 33.6876°N 117.2692°W / 33.6876; -117.2692
Primary inflowsSan Jacinto River
Primary outflows
Catchment area664 sq mi (1,720 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area525 acres (212 ha)
Water volume11,586 acre⋅ft (14,291,000 m3)
Shore length114.9 miles (24.0 km)
Surface elevation1,365 feet (416 m)
SettlementsCanyon Lake, California
ReferencesU.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyon Lake
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The reservoir is supplied by storm water runoff from the San Jacinto River and Salt Creek. Water from the reservoir feeds the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant, which provides approximately 10% of the domestic water supply in the Lake Elsinore and city of Canyon Lake area.

Canyon Lake average depth 20 ft, . Catch and release fishing strictly enforced.



The city of Canyon Lake is a gated community near the reservoir. Residents can use golf carts and boats as a means for transportation within the community. Canyon Lake holds many annual events for residents to enjoy, such as Taco Tuesday during the summer time and festivities during various holidays.

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  • Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Railroad Canyon Dam (RLC)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  • "2005 Consumer Confidence Report". Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. May 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-21.

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