Lake Cahuilla

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Lake Cahuilla


(760) 564-4712

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Surrounded by the stark beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Lake Cahuilla (pronounced Kah-wee-ah) is a favorite recreation area in the Coachella Valley. The park offers individual and group camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, special events and equestrian and hiking trails. RV and tent campers will find more than 150 spacious sites (65 with hookups) for individual and group camping. Amenities include showers, a dump station, and picnic/play areas, complete with barbecues, tables and lawns. Camp for the weekend or enjoy an extended stay and take advantage of the low weekly rate.While swimming is not allowed in the lake, the huge swimming pool (open April through October), provides a welcome respite from the summer heat. The pool has lifeguard stations and showers.Expansive lawns, shaded areas, convenient parking and a picturesque setting make Lake Cahuilla an ideal setting for special events, ranging from company picnics to concerts to boat races. A new group area features barbecue grills for group services, bike racks, restrooms, and for equestrians, corrals, hitching posts and a horse trough. Whether it's a group event, family picnic or holiday camping trip, Lake Cahuilla offers some of the best recreation in the desert.

Map of Lake Cahuilla

Latitude, Longitude: 33.632722, -116.273529



  • Boating

    Boating is available.

  • Bicycling

    Biking may be limited to paved paths, please check with the park for more information.

  • Camping

    56 sites available, 46 with water & electric, 10 with water only. 710 acre developed park has individual campsites, with electricity and water. Individual camping is available on a first come, first serve basis or by reservation. A primitive group camping area is also available by reservation.

  • Fishing

    Other amenities include shore fishing in the 135-acre stocked lake.

  • Hiking

    Trails for hiking are available.

  • Horseback Riding

    As well as horseback trails, Lake Cahuilla also offers a 20-site equestrian camping. The equestrian group camping area features shade shelters with tables, group fire ring, restroom and shower facilities, pipe corrals, hitching post, water trough, and miles of mountain trails nearby.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites are available.

  • RVing

    RVing is available with a sanitation station on site.

  • Water Sports

    The swimming pool is open for the public from mid April to mid October, Saturday and Sunday only. Swimming in the lake is prohibited.



In Riverside County, CA, near the Santa Rosa Mountains, about eight miles from Indio on the west side of the Coachella Valley. Take Interstate 10 west from Palm Springs, CA.

Phone Numbers


(760) 564-4712