Welcome to the City of Canyon Lake

If Canyon Lake had to be described in one word, that word would be 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.  Canyon Lake is located in Riverside County, which offers a growing job base, newly built designer homes and great schools.

City Update

When there is important news, of immediate importance, to Canyon Lake residents you’ll find it here.

NOTICE – The write-in candidate nomination period for the November City Council Election begins September 12th and ends on October 25th. Eligible individuals interested in running for City Council who have missed the normal nomination period may run as write-in candidates. Nomination paperwork is available at City Hall during normal business hours. Appointments for picking up paperwork is requested. A write-in candidate’s name does NOT appear on the election ballot, but voters may cast a vote for the candidate by writing their name in one of the blank spaces on the ballot. Write-in candidates are subject to the same nomination procedures, but their name does not appear on the ballot, and a candidate statement is not available.

For information related to the November 2016 City Council Election, please click here. The 2016 City Council Election page will be updated with all notices, and contains information and forms for people running for office.

The Special Workshop Meeting of The Canyon Lake City Council will be on October 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. for closed session and 6:30 p.m. for open session in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. To see the meeting agenda click here.

The next Finance and Administration Committee meeting will be held on October 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. To see the meeting agenda click here.

The next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on September 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. To see the meeting agenda and a copy of last month’s minutes click here.

Important Notices 

CodeRED – Community Notification System (Enrollment)

With the recent closure of the lake due to contaminates, its extremely important that the city is capable of notifying our residents when unforeseen emergencies occur, in a relatively quickly manner.

To help grow our city’s emergency notification database, with the most reliable information, we recommend our residents that have yet to, to signup to the city’s CodeRED Notification System.  This secured and customized notification system allows residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when a emergency or general message is sent out by the city via a phone call, email, or text (TDD/TTY requirements can be entered as well).

To enroll, please click on the image below to sign up or update your current contact information.   We encourage our residents participation to help us create a more robust database, while taking advantage of this valuable notification service.



AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Attention All Canyon Lake Business Owner’s:

Beginning July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill 341 (AB341) requires all businesses in California that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week to recycle. In an effort to assist you with this new law, our contracted hauler (CR&R Environmental Services), offers a wide variety of recycling services. Please visit their website at www.crrwasteservices.com for further information.

Your business may also donate and/or self-haul materials to a recycling facility. Information abour California’s new business recycling requirement is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling.

Lake Treatment & Water Issues


UPDATE:   The City of Canyon Lake would like to provide some additional clarification regarding lake recreation and water quality.  The City and POA received water quality test results from EVMWD indicating all lake water quality testing sites throughout the entire lake came back negative, which triggered reopening the lake.  If residents have any questions regarding recreation and water quality, they should contact management at the POA.

The City of Canyon Lake received confirmation this morning, Thursday, August 11, 2016, from Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, that the lake is now safe for all recreational activity use.  We ask that if our residents have any further questions, to please contact the Water District or Canyon Lake’s Property Owners Association for more information.  Thank you for your cooperation.

As part of the City’s ongoing effort to keep our lake clean and a great place for recreation, we will keep you updated about our Alum Treatment Program. To find out more about the problems with keeping our lake clean click here to see a video from LESJWA. To find out the about current alum treatment plans click the image below. For the latest comprehensive review of how Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore are doing in hitting TMDL Response Targets please click here.