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About Lake Cahuilla

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.


    Park Hours

    Day Use Hours

    6 a.m. to 5 p.m.┃Monday - Sunday

    CAH Summer Day-Use Hours (May 1, 2024 - September 30, 2024):

    • Friday-Monday: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Night Fishing Dates: 

    • May 24th

    • June 28TH

    • July 26th

    • August 30th

    • September 27th

    Park Fees

    Camping: $25-45 per night (except for special events).
    Day use: $6 per adult and $3 per child (12 and younger). $20 per vehicle for all Major Holidays & Easter Sunday.

    Fishing: $10 per adult, per day and $8 per child (12 and younger), per day.

    Pets: $2 per pet - per day
    Sewage Dump Fee: (non-camper): $20.

    See our Holiday Fee Schedule for Holiday Vehicle Fees. 

    Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest Services.

    Park 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​

    Park Rules


    • 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.


    More Information

    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 inflatables or personal watercraft
    • No body contact/ swimming
    • All Vessels will be quarantined online for 7 days after mandatory inspection

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

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

    Quagga Sign