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Desert Lakes Overview

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California Desert lakes offer boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, houseboating and other activities. Some of these lakes offer rentals for houseboat, fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, WaveRunner, paddle boat, paddleboard, canoe and kayak. Some have boat launch ramps and marinas that provide fuel, food & drink, cafés, fishing tackle and camping supplies. Several offer camping and some even include boat-in camping. Among those to choose from are the massive Lake Havasu situated on the California-Arizona border and offering hundreds of miles of shoreline, the lifeless Salton Sea out of Palm Springs or Horseshoe Lake within Mojave Narrows Regional Park. Refer to our campgrounds page for info on camping at any of these beautiful Desert lakes.

Desert Lakes

Diaz Lake is located off Interstate 395 south of Lone Pine. Situated at the base of the Eastern Sierras, Diaz is small at 1-mile long and offers activities like boating, fishing, water-skiing, swimming and camping. Amenities include a campground.

Diaz Lake
5007 South Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545
(760) 876-4700

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Lake Havasu is located on the California border with Arizona between Highways 40 and 62. Houseboating, speed boating, water-skiing, fishing, sunbathing and people watching are the main attractions. Havasu is approximately 30-miles long and supports sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish and carp fish species. This is a very popular destination for college students and partiers during the spring and summer breaks. Havasu is a great place to water ski or learn how to water ski.

Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

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Lake Cahuilla is located south of La Quinta off Interstate 10, from the Jefferson Street Exit. Situated southeast of Palm Springs at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Lake Cahuilla is small at 1-mile long and offers activities like fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Amenities include a campground, swimming pool, playground and picnic areas. Cahuilla supports fish species like catfish, striped bass, largemouth bass, carp and pan fish.

Lake Cahuilla
58075 Jefferson Street
La Quinta CA 92253
(760) 564-4712

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Salton Sea is located south of Coachella off Interstate 10. This is huge at 40-miles long and 20-miles wide and formed as the result of a dam breakage in 1905. During the 1950s, a failed attempt was made to turn it into a major tourist destination for boaters and water skiers. At one point the Salton Sea had its own Yacht Club and drew more tourists than Yosemite. The Imperial Valley took advantage of the accidental reservoir and used it for irrigation but soon runoff and over usage polluted the water and increased its salinity. Activities include State Park camping, hiking, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, fishing and wildlife viewing. Amenities include campgrounds and picnic areas. Fish are limited to salt water-tolerant species including tilapia, corvina and croaker.

Salton Sea State Recreation Area
100-225 State Park Road
North Shore, CA 92254
(760 393-3052

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Moabi Lake is located of Interstate 40 at the California / Arizona border. Situated along the banks of the Colorado River, Moabi is small at only 1-mile long. Activities include boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, water-skiing, fishing and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a campground, marina, general store, bar & grill and picnic areas. Boat rentals include kayaks and canoes. Moabi supports fish species like trout, bass, stripped bass, crappie and catfish.

Moabi Regional Park
100 Park Moabi Road
Needles, CA 92363
(760) 326-3831

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Horseshoe Lake is located of Interstate 15 east of Victorville. Horseshoe is situated within Mojave Narrows Regional Park. Activities include horseback riding, fishing and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a campground, bait shop and picnic areas. Horseshoe supports fish species like trout, bass and catfish.

Mojave Narrows Regional Park
18000 Yates Road
Victorville CA 92392
(760) 245-2226

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