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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.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Park will be impacted due to set-up/tear-down of a large private event between February 27th through March 13th. CLICK HERE for more details on the event.
Fishing will not be closed, please CLICK HERE for designated fishing areas and guide lines between March 6th through 12th.  
For questions, please contact  Ashely Shucha at 951-955-1319 or email [email protected].



    Park Hours

    Day Use Hours

    6 a.m. to 5 p.m.┃Monday - Sunday

    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.

    President's Day Holiday - February 19, 2024 - 
    Day Use will be $20.00 per vehicle for access to Fishing, Playground, Picnic Facilities, Hiking. 
    Bring a full car of friends and family to celebrate the Holiday outdoors.


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

    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