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Lake Cahuilla

Veterans Regional Park

Fall Hours: 6am-5pm daily

Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park is a beautiful 710-acre park set amid expansive lawns and picturesque mountain views, making it a spectacular day or overnight destination. Situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains 6 miles South East of Old Town La Quinta, Lake Cahuilla offers a delightful experience in the Coachella Valley.

With 96 individual and group campsites near the gorgeous Santa Rosa Mountains, Lake Cahuilla is a natural getaway and easy destination for anyone looking to quickly escape city life into unparalleled scenery and the many outdoor activities available. Fishing in the 135-acre lake, hiking and horseback riding on nearby trails are just a few of the great experiences guests can expect. Open grass areas with picnic tables and barbecues are ideal for hosting a range of special events from birthday parties to company gatherings.

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Ironman-Indian Wells at Lake Cahuilla - Dec. 4, 2022
No fishing or day use activities are permitted until 1:00 pm due to the swim portion of the triathlon in the lake.  Be aware there are various road closures throughout the communities in Coachella Valley for this event’s bike course.  

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Lake Cahuilla Fishing Derby 283

Welcome sign at Lake Cahuilla

Welcome sign at Lake Cahuilla

Scenic palms and meadow at Cahuilla

Scenic palms and meadow at Cahuilla

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Lake Cahuilla Fishing Derby 083

Horseback riders at Cahuilla

Horseback riders at Cahuilla

Horseback riding and equestrian camping in the beautiful rugged mountains surrounding Lake Cahuilla.

Beauty desert cacti at Cahuilla

Beauty desert cacti at Cahuilla

RV camping at Cahuilla

RV camping at Cahuilla

Lakefront picnic areas

Lakefront picnic areas

Here's a perfect spot for a picnic at beautiful Lake Cahuilla.

Picnic shelter at Cahuilla

Picnic shelter at Cahuilla

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Lake Cahuilla Fishing Derby 056

Swimming pool at Cahuilla

Swimming pool at Cahuilla

Big horn at Cahuilla

Big horn at Cahuilla

Playground at Cahuilla

Playground at Cahuilla

Tent camping at Cahuilla

Tent camping at Cahuilla

ALERT: Lake Cahuilla phone lines down.  We are working with our service provider to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience.

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💪🏽There are over 170 Ironman triathlons worldwide! Check out the action from the last Indian Wells-La Quinta event stop held at Lake Cahuilla.

DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL!

Prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra mussels!

Recreation activities are restricted at Lake Cahuilla to help prevent the introduction and spread of quagga and zebra mussels:

  • No Boats

  • No Body Contact/Swimming 

  • No Floatation Devices

  • Fishing equipment Inspections required upon entry

  • Unopened and unused baits only. Baits available on site.

 

For more information about quagga and zebra mussels, please download this fact sheet and Quagga education pamphlet from CVWD in English & Spanish.

 

Visit: wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/

Quagga-Mussels or invasivespeciesinfo.gov/

aquatic/invertebrates/quagga-mussel.

 

To learn more about RivCoParks’ quagga containment and prevention program, please read the full policy Here.

PARK HOURS

Open Daily: 6am-5pm

PARK BROCHURE

Download this brochure of Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park

FEES

Camping:  

$25-45 per night (except for special events)

Day use:  

$6 per adult | $3 per child (12 and younger)

$20 per vehicle for all Major Holidays & Easter Sunday

   Fishing:   $10 per adult  – per day

                    $8 per child

                    (12 and younger) – per day

        Pets:   $2 each, per day

Sewage Dump Fee:   (non-camper): $20

Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest ServicesObserved park holidays can be found here.

1-800-234-park (7275)

click above or call

ADDRESS

58075 Jefferson Street

La Quinta, CA 92253

(760) 564-4712

PARK RULES

  • FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED AND NOT SOLD AT LAKE CAHUILLA

  • No swimming/boating in the lake

  • Bicycle riders must wear helmet

  • Drones are not permitted in the park

  • Build fires in designated fire rings only

  • No ground fires allowed

  • No more than 6 occupants and 2 vehicles per site

  • Maximum stay of 14 days within a 28-day period

  • No fireworks

  • No firearms

  • Do not remove, deface, or disturb any part of the park features or wildlife

  • Do not gather firewood in the park

  • Do not attach anything to trees

  • Pets must be kept on controlled leashes (Maximum leash length – 6 feet)

  • Do not leave pet unattended

  • Clean up promptly after pet

  • 16 and older must have valid State fishing permit

  • *Passport America discounts are not applicable with other discounts.

  • For a full detailed list of our rules please visit this link.

FEATURES

  • 62 Hookup campsites

  • 10 Water Only

  • 20 Equestrian campsites

  • 35 Dry Camping Individual Sites

  • 135 acre lake

  • Fishing

  • Picnic facilities

  • Sand Volleyball

  • Bocce Ball

  • Dump station

  • Showers

  • Horse corrals

  • Ice available for purchase

  • Hiking

  • Barbeque grills

  • Grill/fire rings

  • Coined showers

  • Restrooms

  • Pet friendly​