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Welcome to Vail Lake
About the Reservoir
Vail drought photo
Vail Lake is a water reservoir located east of Temecula on Temecula Creek.  Since 1978 Rancho California Water District (RCWD) has owned and managed Vail Dam, and the water in the lake.  The reservoir has a storage capacity of approximately 46,000 acre-feet (AF), however due to the drought currently there is approximately 8,000 AF stored in the lake. 

Vail Lake and the Drought
photo of things found at vail lake
For the past several years California has been experiencing a drought.  RCWD continues to feel the effects locally.  The District uses the water stored in Vail Lake as part of its recharge for the groundwater basin which provides 25 - 40% of the District's water supply.  Groundwater is the District's least expensive water source.  It is important for customers to understand the drought is not over and customers need to continue to be efficient

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Vail Lake Acquisition
Vail Lake
RCWD acquired land surrounding Vail lake in order to protect the quality of its water supplies, enhance the reliability of those supplies, and maintain a lower cost water source.
  • The District is able to better protect the watershed which is a key element of the water supply for its 140,000 customers in Temecula, Murrieta, and unincorporated southwest Riverside County.
  • The District also gained increased flexibility in its management of the  water stored in the lake.
  • Protecting water quality and enhancing the reliability of water supplies are essential for a water district in a state where water supplies are limited and the population is growing. The District’s responsibility is to develop and implement a long-term vision which accommodates future scenarios for the region.
  • The District uses water stored in Vail Lake as part of its recharge for the groundwater basin that provides approximately 25-40% of the District’s water supply. Groundwater provides high quality water to RCWD customers, provides a reliable water source during drought times, and is significantly less expensive than imported water.

Land Preservation
Vail Lake Landscape
The District will retain open space and ensure the protection of the property's unique and diverse ecological habitats.
  • Preservation of the land will protect critical habitat for nearly 40 endangered and sensitive species of plants and animals, including the bald eagle, golden eagle, and the great blue heron.

The District has contracted with an operator and will currently continue campground activities.  Storage levels at the lake have receded as water was drawn to meet the District's supply needs and little rainfall occurred to replenish the lake.  Vail Lake water levels have reached the end of the boat ramp therefore it is unsafe to currently launch boats. 

 Vail Lake Resort Website
  • The Board will evaluate possible future recreational opportunities by evaluating the watershed protection impacts, community input, and financial obligations.

Please use our online comment card to provide the District with your feedback and input regarding Vail Lake Resort.

Final Property Guidance Document
The District has completed the Vail Lake Property Guidance Document. 

Similar to a General Plan or Master Plan, this document will identify various land use options for specific areas of the approximately 8,000 acres of land surrounding Vail Lake. 
Volume I  Property Guidance Document Vail- Sundance
Volume II Property Guidance Document Vail- Sundance