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Vail Lake Acquisition
Vail Lake
RCWD is seeking to protect the quality of its water supplies and enhance the reliability of those supplies, and maintain a lower cost water source by purchasing approximately 7,000 acres surrounding its key water supply, Vail Lake.
  • The District will be 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 will also gain 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 would 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 a new operator and will continue fishing, water sports, and campground activities through December 31, 2016.

 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