Boating season on Lake Elsinore officially begins April 6, and the city is kicking it off by waiving the $15 lake use fee for the day.
“The City encourages all boaters to take advantage of this opportunity to get their vessels ready for the boating season,” said Pat Kilroy, director of parks and recreation for Lake Elsinore.
During boating season, the lake is open from sunrise to sunset. Although the city is waiving the lake use fee on April 6, other fees, such as launch and day use fees, still apply and vary by facility, Kilroy added.
Among the facilities available this year on the lake is the . The 11-acre facility located at 32040 Riverside Drive features a sandy beach, designated wading area, six-lane boat launch, two 400-foot-long docks, large parking lot, restroom facility, fish-cleaning station, and picnic area.
For those who will be taking advantage of Lake Elsinore, Kilroy offered this pre-season checklist for boaters:
Is the Battery charged?
Are the trailer tires in good condition?
Does the Boat Plug need replacing and a do you have a spare?
Do you have Lifejackets for everyone onboard the vessel?
Every child 12 years old and younger must wear a Lifejacket at all times when the vessel is underway. Do you have enough child sized Lifejackets?
Do you have at least one throwable (Type-IV) PFD device, such as a floating ring or cushion?
Do you have at least one Type B-1 Fire Extinguisher rated for marine use?
Do you have a Visual Distress Signal device onboard, such as an orange flag?
Do you have a Sound Signaling Device onboard, such as a horn, whistle or bell?
Kilroy also provided this Boater Inspection checklist to avoid bringing Invasive Mussels to Lake Elsinore:
The non-native Quagga and Zebra Mussels in California waters could result in an environmental and economic disaster. They can cause a shift in native species and disrupt the ecological balance of entire bodies of water. The mussels clog water pipes, coat piers and ruin boat motors. Transferring a boat from an infested water to another water could spread the mussels.
Lake Elsinore is NOT infested and we need the public's help to keep the lake free of this invasive species!
Please perform a self-inspection of your boat before launching to ensure it is clean, drained and dry.
For questions about boating on Lake Elsinore, call 951-674-3124.