We’re proud of the natural beauty and wonderful year-round climate here in Southern California. Lake Elsinore showcases the best of it with winter lakeside RV camping. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this lake has been a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts since the late 1800s. Why not use this guide to RV camping at Lake Elsinore to help kick-off an exciting winter camping excursion?
What’s the Attraction at Lake Elsinore?
If you’re wondering why so many campers return to the area annually, here are just a few of the fascinating attractions there.
- Outdoor Recreation: Because Lake Elsinore sits at the edge of Cleveland National Forest, there are thousands of acres of outdoor playground available. Not only is the lake itself perfect for every form of water sport, the surrounding forest offers hiking and biking trails, excellent wildlife watching and well-maintained equestrian routes. Plan to play on the water during your stay by taking advantage of the excellent boat launch facilities at Lake Elsinore Marina & RV Resort, where scenic RV campsites are also available.By the way, if you’d like to get in a few rounds of golf while on your winter RV vacation, Lake Elsinore is the place to be! We’ve heard great things about The Links at Summerly, just one of five area golf courses.One more tip: if you’re into aerosports, this region is famous for its thermals and wildly popular with hang gliding, skydiving and soaring fans.
- Historical Interest: As we mentioned, folks have been flocking to Lake Elsinore (the largest freshwater lake in California) since the 1800s. One early attraction was the Crescent Bath House, built in 1887. It offered the restorative benefits of a local sulphur hot spring, and was a popular destination for decades. It later became the Chimes Antique Store under various owners, and is still a fine example of Victorian architectural flair.If strolling quaint streets and antiquing away the afternoon appeals, be sure to visit the City of Lake Elsinore’s handsomely restored downtown district. You will find shops and restaurants enough to occupy several days’ browsing. To camp within easy range of Lake Elsinore historical attractions, park your RV at Ortega Oaks RV Park & Campground.
- Scenic Vistas: A drive around Lake Elsinore reveals a pleasing variety of vistas. Bordered by the Ortega Mountains and Cleveland National Forest, you can expect to see lush green landscapes just begging to be hiked. On the other hand, palm trees and sand beaches near the marina give a taste of classic Southern California.A truly memorable way to experience the beauty of the Lake Elsinore/San Juan Capistrano region is by following the Sunrise Scenic Byway within Cleveland National Forest. And to enjoy RV camping in a quiet, natural setting, try camping at Elsinore Hills RV Park off I-15.
There are so many other enjoyable ways to spend time RV camping at Lake Elsinore. We’d love to hear about your adventures once you go. Whether you go for time on the water or on the trails, to take a spin at the local casino, to shop the historic downtown district or to indulge in the region’s wineries, the time is now to plan your Lake Elsinore winter RV camping trip. Your friends at El Monte RV Rentals in San Bernardino are happy to supply the right RV. We hope to see you soon in this winter RV camping paradise!
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