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News and Events for the Park District

Hooked on Fishing at Lake Cahuilla

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks) is proud to announce a FREE Kids Fishing Clinic in collaboration with the California (CA) Department of Fish and Wildlife at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park on February 28th, 2017, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The fishing clinic will provide children in the community a chance to experience fishing in a fun and educational environment.

This opportunity to engage community and provide an educational program on the basics of fishing was made possible through the support of various organizations including the Riverside County Parks Foundation, the Bighorn Institute, and the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Participants will make their way through five educational stations covering all components of fishing, each with a different focus and purpose. Stations will teach participants about biology, habitat and invasive species; how we affect the quality of water; fish handling, knot tying, bait and tackle; safety, ethics, rules and regulations; and, casting and rigging. After completing the learning stations, participants will be loaned a rod, provided with bait and tackle, and have the opportunity to fish for the remainder of the event, putting their newly acquired knowledge to the test. Participants are sure to reel in some fish with a fresh 2,000 pound stock of Rainbow Trout donated by the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The fishing clinic will also offer children’s activity booths and prizes for participants. Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park is located at 58-075 Jefferson Street, La Quinta, CA 92253. For more information please call (800) 234-7275 or visit

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Posted on: 12-12-2017
Posted in: Lake Cahuilla

Idyllwild area Power Outage

Idyllwild Park, McCall Equestrian Memorial Park and surrounding areas experienced a power outage on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 beginning approximately at 11am. All phone lines may be down at these parks due to the power outage. Please contact Guest Services at 800-234-PARK (7275) for details regarding existing reservations and/or information related to these parks. We currently do not have an update as to when the power will be restored, but we will update our website and social media accounts when we receive an update. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Upcoming Trails Committee Meeting

The Trails Committee will hold their meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m. at the Parks Headquarters, Garden Room, located at 4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509. To view a copy of the agenda, please go to Trails Committee for more information.

Posted on: 12-7-2017
Posted in: Trails News

Historical Commission Meeintg

Historical Commission Meeting; Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:30 pm. Coachella Valley History Museum 82-616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201 – For more information visit:

Posted on: 11-13-2017
Posted in: Historical

Trails Committee Meeting

Trails Committee Meeting scheduled for Nov. 15, 2017 has been postponed; date to be determined. Contact Loree Broderick @ for any questions.

Posted on: 11-8-2017
Posted in: Trails News

Veterans, Service Members to Enjoy Free Entry at Lake Cahuilla on Veterans Day

November 7, 2017

Darin Schemmer, Office of Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, (760) 863-8211

Veterans, Service Members to Enjoy Free Entry at Lake Cahuilla on Veterans Day

LA QUINTA – Veterans and service members will have their admission fees to Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park waived every Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as well as Memorial Day weekend (Saturday-Monday) in May.

The county park, near La Quinta, is open on Veterans Day from 6 a.m. to sunset. The address is 58-075 Jefferson St.

The free entry was part of a proposal Supervisor V. Manuel Perez brought forth to rename Lake Cahuilla Regional Park to Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park. The proposal was approved by the Board of Supervisors in August.

“Our veterans go to battle and ensure we live a life of freedom here in the U.S. Without veterans, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Naming this beautiful park for them, and welcoming them to enjoy this spectacular recreational resource on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, is a measure of our gratitude for their service.”

Free admission is open to active duty military personnel and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and federal and state reservists. To qualify, veterans need to present valid proof of military service.

The park is operated by the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District via a lease with the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. All parties approved the name change. Lake Cahuilla is the terminal reservoir for the Coachella Canal, a vital tool for importing Colorado River water for irrigation and groundwater replenishment in the east valley.

“CVWD is pleased to join Supervisor Perez in thanking and honoring our veterans,” said CVWD Board President John Powell. “We have great appreciation for their service and we hope that they take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy beautiful Lake Cahuilla.”

Further improvements to the park will include new signage to signify the name change, and the display of flags of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard near the park entrance.

Riverside County is home to 130,000 veterans. Veterans who live in Riverside County also have their service honored with free entry to the annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, and the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens. Veterans have free boat launches at Lake Skinner and Mayflower Park on Memorial Day and Veterans Day for veteran-owned watercraft, and free parking when visiting county offices in county-owned lots and parking structures. The Board of Supervisors has also granted disabled veterans free day-use admission to Riverside County parks on an unlimited basis.

“Thanks to our local legislators such as Supervisor Perez, the Coachella Valley has become a very veteran friendly place to live and play,” said Bill Young, a U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of the Coachella Valley’s annual Veterans Expo. “Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park is just one example of the many beautiful facilities available to veterans and their families. It is a special place to spend some time over the Veterans Day weekend, especially with the entrance fees waived for veterans and military on Veterans Day.”

Posted on: 11-8-2017
Posted in: Lake Cahuilla

Free Entry to Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Free entry to Veterans on Veteran’s Day this Saturday, November 11, 2017. The County of Riverside Board of Supervisors voted for free admission to any of our regional parks for veterans of the Armed Forces, members of National Guard, and Federal and State reservists, along with active duty military personnel based upon first come, first serve basis and maximum capacity of the park. You will need to provide us with ID which includes a Military Identification Card, Veterans Administration ID card, driver’s license with veterans identification, DD 214, NGB Form 22 or Veterans Military Service Organization Membership cards. We thank you for your service!

Family Wildlife Day at Santa Rosa Plateau

The Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation (SRPNEF) and Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RIVCOPARKS) announce the return of the popular Family Wildlife Day to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve on Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Families visit wild animals, live birds, snakes, and a variety of mammals. Designed to inform, entertain and inspire children and their families to learn more about the Reserve and the natural world. The day will also include “bats, bugs and creepy crawly things” with presentations by Project Wildlife, Sierra Club, and UC. Temecula Valley Astronomers bring solar telescopes. Margie Valdez from the Hidden Valley Nature Center helps kids explore the world of live reptiles. The Western Science Center shares hidden treasures found beneath SW Riverside County as kids explore fossils and cool science. The day offers nature walks, crafts, activities, music, and games.

The SRNEPF partners with RivCoParks to ensure funding for the children nature education programs for grades 3-12 at the Reserve which include Third Grade Education, Third Grade Title 1 Outreach, 4th Grade Trout-in-the-Classroom, 5th Grade Seed Bank Studies, Middle School Grassland Restoration and a high school Habitat Studies and Restoration Program. Serving 10 school districts and 9,000 students per school year, SRPNEF’s mission is to educate and empower youth to appreciate, protect and preserve nature.

Tickets are purchased on day of the event at the gate.

Unique family event to view and learn about “Where the Wild Things Are at the
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve” Presented by Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education
Foundation and Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District.

SITE: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (SRPER)
39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta 92562

INFO: Free shuttle parking

DATE: Saturday – November 4, 2017 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

COST: Adults $5 – Children (2 – 12) $4 –
Under 2 Free -No Advance Ticket Sales – Pay on site.
In honor of Veterans Day – Retired, active and reserve military with ID cards – Free Admission


CONTACT: Rob Hicks – Interpreter/Naturalist – SRPER 951-677-6951
Mary Ruth Johnson – Event Co-Chair – 951-677-6951
Kay Boylan – Event Co-Chair – 951-677-6951 –
Ginger Greaves – SRPNEF Executive Director – 909-732-2209

Posted on: 10-20-2017
Posted in: Santa Rosa Plateau, Trails News
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