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$8 Million La Laguna Resort Opens In Lake Elsinore This Week

“This is a signature event for the city as far as putting us on the recreational map."

A nearly $8 million refurbishment on Lake Elsinore is the start of “great things to come,” promised Pat Kilroy, the city’s director of parks and recreation.

This week, Lake Elsinore will officially reopen its boat launch facility on the water’s northwestern shore. The newly renamed La Laguna Resort boasts more than 11 acres featuring a sandy beach, designated wading area, six-lane boat launch, two 400-foot-long docks, massive parking lot, restroom facility, fish-cleaning station, picnic area, lights and landscaping.

The official grand opening takes place June 30 at 32040 Riverside Drive and the public is encouraged to attend.

Kilroy, who has been working on the refurbishment since inception, says the

Last week, Kilroy and the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce invited local media to get a La Laguna sneak-peek. The city has also hired the services of a marketing and public relations firm to shape Lake Elsinore’s tourism message. Advertisements and advertorials for La Laguna are being placed, and the city is working with broadcasters on television segments that highlight Lake Elsinore’s distinguished status as Southern California’s largest natural freshwater lake.

James Riley, Lake Elsinore’s director of administrative services, characterized the lake as the “centerpiece” of the city's recreational resources and “a valuable contributor to the vitality and economic development of the community."

“Safe and reliable access to the lake is essential to maximizing its resource value,” Riley continued, adding that the improvements will promote both recreational and economic development opportunities for the community.

Standing at La Laguna Resort now, it’s easy to forget the spot once housed a sunken and dilapidated boat launch. Although the city had acquired the site and surrounding area in 1993, in the early 2000s the old boat launch and nearby beach were sealed off following five drownings and concerns that launch construction that was not conducive to rising water levels.

Part of the work done at La Laguna has included demolishing the old launch and raising the new construction by 15 feet, as well as smoothing steep, underwater drop-offs.

Along with working to remove safety hazards, the new facility is easier on the eye. Landscaping includes a throng of relocated mature palm trees; there’s still a long shot of the Cleveland National Forest and lake; avian wildlife abounds; and a pristine sandy beach that will accommodate hundreds of sunbathers has been developed.

It’s hoped, Kilroy said, that La Laguna Resort will bring visitors back – time and again.

La Laguna was designed with boaters and anglers in mind, Kilroy continued. The new docks feature a fiberglass finish to protect expensive boats, the staging area offers easy turnaround for tow vehicles, a shiny new fish-cleaning station makes life easier for anglers,

Additionally, to ensure city visitors know where La Laguna is located, Kilroy said new directional signs will be posted from the 15 Freeway.

While vendors have yet to sign on the dotted line, Kilroy stressed there is room for businesses to open at La Laguna. Additionally, he is hoping the adjoining motor home park on Riverside Drive – which has remained open during the boat launch closure -- will be improved now that the new resort is opening. A request for proposal is being drafted that will look for private investment to upgrade the campground in exchange for a concession agreement, Kilroy explained.

Kilroy said he is anxious for visitors to enjoy Lake Elsinore’s newest attraction. “This is a signature event for the city as far as putting us on the recreational map."

Ken Mayes June 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Its to bad more citizens of California don't get angry when politicians steal from the public. This is a natural body of water not a man-made one and as such should be protected under the Public Trust Doctrine which has its roots back to Roman Times. This doctrine was important enough to have been written into the Magna Carta in 1215, include in "Las Siete Partidas" which was in effect when Mexico sold California to the United State, upheld by the Federal Supreme Court as well as the California Supreme Court. The public trust doctrine is also written into the California Constitution. If someone does not speak up soon access to this lake will end up like the beaches of Malibu, accessible only to those with money.
Katheryn June 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Don't call me Debbie Downer but I believe Tonto's observation is correct "It's called lipstick on a pig". The Lake is dirty just like the City and the only way anything in Lake Elsinore will succeed is if many things change from the City Council all the way down the line. We all want the best for our City and change can be difficult, but sometimes it necessary.
Tonto June 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Who knows, maybe this will draw all the "Tourists" from Las Vegas, Anaheim, Florida, all over the world to Lake Elsinore :)
Anon June 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I love this!
Ken Mayes June 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Replacing the city council would only change the color of the lipstick. The city councils of Lake Elsinore have for over 100 years neglected the fact that this lake is only good for recreation. Railroad Canyon Reservoir was built and Colorado River water was added to it because nobody would buy the water out of Lake Elsinore, its salinity was to high for agriculture and can not be filtered enough for drinking purposes. If the entire lake below 1265 ft was in the public trust then a public trust corporation would be responsible for the trust lands only. As it is today the city only cares about the city with lake being treated as the bastard child.
Anon June 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
You people over think everything! You cant fix everything!
Roberto June 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
How about a large pool filter and chlorine tablets to clean up the 800 square mile water shed runoff? I know a guy who drank water from Lake Elsinore and to this day, he talks of tourism. Seems to me that the cost incurred and impacting the lake should revert back to the State and not under control of the City.
Kimberly June 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I love our Lake! Been here for about 25yrs. and the lake has improved greatly! Wouldn't live anywhere else!
jill smith June 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
@ Lillian, I also worry about the amoeba, it's called naegleria fowleri, also known as the brain eating amoeba. I followed the cases of both women that died, I believe from this ameoba. The first youn girl lived on the lake, she would often sand board on the shore, and ride her jet ski. The ameoba rarely makes people sick because it is in all lakes to some extent, the conditions have to be perfect, and I believe they are in Lake Elsinore. This ameoba thrives in soil near warm discharges from industrial plants. The recycled sewage water is warm that is instilled into the lake and, the run off that goes into the lake contains miles and miles of run off, whats in that run off anything and everyting. The ameoba gets to the brain by force by inhaling water which could occur during sand boarding or jet skiing. By the time the brain eating ameoba was suspected on this girl the doctor could not perform a spinal tap because her blood was no longer clotting, and the tap would've killed her, she died within 12 days. The second case was just as tragic and quick, and never proven. In the second case the ameoba was suspected and the victims patholgy was sent to the wrong place and lost for a perioud of time, when it finally made it to the lab they could not detect the amoeba in the specemin. Specemins only last so long. I recently found another case in 2008, it states Elsinores boys death from amobea spurs warning, but I couldn't find it in the archives.
Anon June 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Jill, I cant find your post, but that happens all over the country. It has happened at the River and Lake Havasu. Its everywhere. My older sister got hepatitis at the beach when we were kids and it was the 60s.
jill smith June 26, 2012 at 07:34 PM
When I suggested to the council not to allow swimming in the lake during the hottest months of the year, I was ignored, second suggestion put up a sign to warn people of the amobea, I was not taken seriously. This should be taken very serious, because it is very, very rare for this type of amobea to cause death. If this is the cause of three or more deaths, even though not proven definitively , people should be warned and make up their own mind if they want to risk possibly inhaling a deadly amobea!
Tonto June 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Like Obama don't want to talk about his birth certificate or fast and furious gun running, Lake Elsinore doesn't want to talk about urban runoff.
Ken Mayes June 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Jill there have only been 144 reported cases world wide since 1965, more people die daily in car accidents and yet there are no warning labels on the dashboard. The source of the one case from Riverside county was never positively linked to Lake Elsinore but only suspected because the boy had been at the lake on a number of occasions. In 2011 a woman died after flushing her sinuses with infected tap water. Where do we draw the line on warning labels.
jill smith June 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I read about the case in Havasu very tragic, poor little guy probably did a sumersault in the water and inhaled it. I go to Havasu often and during the summer it's extremely hot 110 to115 degrees. The amoeba is also known as a thermophile it can withstand extreme temperatures and actually thrives under these conditions. One statistic stated there was 121 known deaths from this amoeba in the U.S. between the years 1937 through 2007, and 2 deaths in 2011, I bet alot go undiagnosed because it is rare and kills so quickly. A couple of points are important, it is very rare. I'ts found in all lakes and ponds but only causes disease when conditions are perfect.
Ken Mayes June 26, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Roberto the waters of Lake Elsinore are suitable for body contact per state standards. The quality could be improved with proper management of the aeration system that cost a fortune to install but nobody want to pay to operate, wind powered windmills could have used a no additional cost to operate. It would also be possible to improve the water quality if the San Jacinto River had not been unnaturally redirected when the levee was built so that the city could sell off parts of the lake. You will notice that I did not call this a flood plain because there is no flood plain in a lake, this phenomenon only occurs on a river and at its natural outflow elevation of 1265 ft the portion of the river that was redirected would be in the lake.
Diana June 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I was trying to inject something positive but you are right Ken, you make very valid points. Wasn't this park privately owned at one time? If I recall code enforcement wrote this old man up so many times that they took his property from him because there was no way that he could meet their demands?
jill smith June 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@ blues are you ok? What a snotty ignorant comment to make. I made the point it is very rare so there is no reason for you to write such an idiotic comment unless your just an ignorant mad ass, which you obviously are. Your words are trash. I would be willing to bet even you will think twice before swimming in the lake, well maybe not you, but others with a brain might, and thats what is important.
Brad June 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Looks like a concrete jungle.
Patt Caldwell June 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I remember back in the late 60's we use to come out here for the big boat races...Budwiser boats etc...The lake was cleaner and the walnut trees bontiful...The had a white sandy beach with bbq and picnic tables and ample parking...But when the lake flooded that all went under water...I would love to see the lake clean again and folks having fun...But I wont get in the water...And do we all remember when the fish died and it really stunk...I thought that there were wells in the lake to put out fresh water...Lake Elsinore has along way to go to be the city it was in the 60's
Ken Mayes June 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I to remember the state park in the 60's a fun place to be on a long weekend. I also remember the water, walking 300 ft from shore and only being knee deep in water, is was a mud hole but a friendly mud hole it was. I also remember pulling over to the side of the road at numerous spots and fishing without the fear of being towed, no more. The city is doing everything in its power to shove the public into a couple of areas so they can sell off access to the highest bidder. As for the fish die-off this is caused by oxygen depletion which common in shallow lakes with no circulation of the water layers, a problem that was exacerbated by the redirection of the San Jacinto River inlet, they installed an aeration system that was supposed to alleviate this problem but it cost money to run and nobody wants to pay for it. Had they installed a wind-driven system this would not be an issue.
jill smith June 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM
To Blues 777, last time I made you angry you blasted me at 0230 in the AM, obviously up late obsessing. In th Am I saw your comment and apologized so you could move on, you really need to do that because something tells me your to old, old like in old fart to be behaving this way, you know like an angry vindictive teenager. To Ken I'm not sure which case your talking about, but the two I discussed were both in the Californian and the Press Enterprise, both had several stories following the cases.
Ken Mayes June 27, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The two you mentioned I remember, one was a boy and the other was a teenage girl. Neither of these cases was directly connected to Lake Elsinore. Over a 70 year period you state the 121 people died in the United States, that's less than 2 a year throughout the whole country. One of the people that died in 2011 contracted the amoeba from contaminated tap water in her neti pot. To place warning signs around the lake for this would border on mass hysteria.
Infidel Jones June 27, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Lake Smelly-Sore: Playground for registered sex offenders and meth-heads! (Battles the Salton Sea for "Most Disgusting White Trash 'Seaside' Hangouts!")
jill smith June 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM
No I think you have it backwards blue 777 names obviously offend you, and your trying to make me look like a nut,because your angry. Your right sticks and stones are for children so stop throwing them and get back in your cage, someone on here noted you post from prison so that tells me your an angry mad ass and thats your fault not mine. I have been a nurse for 20 years and an ER nurse the past 10, so the picture of fear and nonsense you try to paint me as is your angry fantasy nothing based in reality. My husband an I take our boat out on Havasu and we have plenty of fun ,you on the other hand need to get a life. I have to take care of foolish idiots like you who never give a second thought about anything, I feel sorry for your kids, Tell whomever takes care of them while your in prison not to let them swim in the lake during the hottest months of the year. Ken their were two women that were in the press and the Caiifornian I read both articles several stories on both, Im surprised you didn't read them but i'm not going to argue with you. Hey Blues when you get out of prison swim in the lake during the hottest month rub the green slime all over your face along with the sand and inhale firmly. Since names dont bother you go sniff your bath salts and leave me alone.
Roberto June 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Can we all....just...just...just get along?
Cat June 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I agree with you Jill. With a name like "Blues" you'd think he would be more chill?? Don't 'fret' though.....everyone knows that people that spew out the "Get a life" comment are actually the ones that don't have one themselves. Shame on you Blues. It's America. Jill is entitled to speak her mind without being insulted. Lets keep it positive & classy, shall we?
Cat June 27, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Oh wow...apparently not. How did this LE story turn into such personal attacks?
jill smith June 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Most of the people on here are intelligent, so I made an intelligent comment to give people something to think about, Blues clues attacked me. Im the bigger person so heres to you blue, your an intelligent man, but me i'm just a whak job, there now you can move on.
Brenda Leidenfrost June 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
this is better than a soap opera..LMAO
jill smith June 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Thankyou Cat, I appreciate your response.

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