Introduction to Canyon Lake, California

Canyon Lake, California, in Riverside county, is 15 miles NW of Temecula, California and 19 miles S of Riverside, California

Canyon Lake History

Canyon Lake was developed as a master-planned community in 1968 by Corona Land Company. The California Southern Railroad established railway tracks in this area in 1882. After the floods of 1884, 1916 and 1927, the tracks were washed out and the railroad abandoned the line. The Railroad Canyon Reservoir was constructed in 1929. George D. Evans family the dam and the surrounding area from the Temescal Water Company in 1937 as a recreational area. It was incorporated as the City of Canyon Lake on December 1, 1990.

Canyon Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Perris Valley Historical Museum
  • Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
  • Orange Empire Railway Museum
  • California Citrus State Historical Park
  • Lake Perris State Recreation Area
  • Box Springs Mountain Regional Park

Things To Do In Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake offers easy access to several parks, including the Calafia Beach County Park, San Clemente State Beach, the Box Springs Mountain Regional Park, the Lake Perris State Recreation Area and Double Butte County Park. The Perris Valley Historical Museum, the California Citrus State Historical Park, the San Jacinto Valley Museum, Heritage House, the Sherman Indian Museum and the Orange Empire Railway Museum are all nearby as well. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Canyon Lake Country Club.

Canyon Lake Transportation

San Bernardino International is the nearest major airport.

Canyon Lake Higher Education

Mount San Jacinto College, Crafton Hills College and Saddleback College are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 10,918
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,796
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 57.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $85,121
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 42 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,722
Median House Value $347,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.2%
Irish 14.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Canyon Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Temecula, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles S of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92587
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.685
Longitude -117.272

Canyon Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 46 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 84 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.2 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hemet 82,118 $40,885
Lake Elsinore 58,003 $64,220
Moreno Valley 200,788 $55,174
Murrieta 107,507 $80,291
Perris 72,547 $49,459
Temecula 107,153 $87,287

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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