Canyon Lake is one of the five gated cities in California. It is located in the Inland Empire, Riverside County, California. It is located east of Lake Elsinore and Interstate 15 in the southern region of the Temescal Mountains. It has a total area of 4.7 square miles, of which 3.9 square miles is land and 0.7 square miles is water. According to the 2016 US census, the city has a population of 11,137.
The City began as a master-planned community that was developed by the Corona Land Company in 1968. The city was incorporated on December 1, 1990. The lake was initially formed in 1927 after the Railroad Canyon Dam was built. The dam covers 383 acres and has 14.9 miles of shoreline.