Lake Cahuilla Veteran’s Regional Park2018-11-14T14:28:45+00:00

Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park

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 91 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, and swimming in a refreshing pool on a hot summer day 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.


  • 55 Hookup campsites
  • 10 Water Only
  • 20 Equestrian campsites
  • 35 Dry Camping Individual Sites
  • 135 acre lake
  • Fishing
  • Picnic facilities
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Pickleball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Swimming pool (open Saturday &  Sunday – proper swimming attire required)
  • Dump station
  • Showers
  • Horse corrals
  • Ice available for purchase
  • Hiking
  • Barbeque grills
  • Grill/fire rings
  • Coined showers
  • Restrooms
  • Pet friendly
  • Fish Stocking Schedule

Park Hours:

Park Hours
Friday & Saturday 
6 AM – 7 PM

6 AM-Sunset


  • Camping: $20-40 per night (Except for during special events)

  • Day use: $6 per adult | $3 per child (12 and younger)

  • 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 Services.

Observed park holidays can be found here.


  • 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.

Visit Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, wherever you are, with this guided, virtual walk across the park campgrounds and day use areas. The virtual tour includes stunning 360-degree panoramas of notable areas as well as historic before and after photos showing what landscapes looked like before restoration. Along the way, learn about the notable trees that make these areas so beautiful.


  • Compatible with desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • No download needed.
  • For best experience, use browser such as a Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Slow connection speeds, at home or in the Park, may cause long loading times

Upcoming News and Events at Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Contact Us:

Address: 58075 Jefferson Street, La Quinta, Ca 92253

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Please note:

- Due to the Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells,  the park will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 9th 2018.

- Late Night Fishing will end on October 27, 2018. The last Saturday in October. 

- Pool is closed for the 2018 season. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. 

Please check back for the most current update.