All it takes is money and time. And now that the money is spent, it will just take a little more time and Lake Elsinore’s new launch ramp and parking lot on Riverside Drive will open to the public.
Of course, there might be some confusion among fishermen when they hear the new name, so I’m warning you. It’s called La Laguna Resort and Marina, for which there is not enough time to explain why.
However, from a directional and more modern historical standpoint, it sits approximately mid lake on the northern shore at what was once the California State Park, and later the Lake Elsinore City Campground. If you were driving west (from the I-15) the actual entry would be a short distance past Jack in the Box. (Modern history reference).
Frankly, it’s about as nice a facility as you will find anywhere, a testament to what $8 million dollars can buy ($3 mil of that from the State). And if you wonder why they didn’t dredge more or take out the little island near what used to be “the pipes” the answer is, they would have needed another $4 or $5 million.
Still, the end of the ramp has been dredged to accommodate significantly lower water conditions, while the height of the facility has been built at an elevation of 1255 feet above sea level (also the height of the overflow channel). However, the submerged marina boundaries and peninsula point are still there–and fishable–however they will be marked with buoys as a safety precaution. (See map photo).
Basically, here’s what you get. Six lanes of ramp, a pair of 400-foot courtesy docks (that also serve as a wind wave break), restroom, fish cleaning station and 280 parking spaces. We also get a whole lot of riprap, that when the lake rises should provide tons of micro cover for young of the year bass. All with a grand opening, June 30.
Now, if you can see about getting us more rain this winter, I’ll look into maybe finding us some more bass…