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First phase of Lake Elsinore campground’s radical transformation nearly ready

By in Press Enterprise on July 8, 2017

By Michael Williams

Even Lake Elsinore’s own website, albeit in endearing terms, says the city-owned campground is less than up-to-date.

“Come enjoy rustic camping on the shores of Lake Elsinore!” the site proclaims. “La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch opened in 1962 and has retained much of its charm over the years.”

While some would say “rustic” was a euphemism for “antiquated” and “rundown,’ the description nevertheless is being rendered obsolete.

The park along the lake’s northwest side has been closed while undergoing a massive renovation that is expected to create an entirely new camping experience with modern features that define a real resort, not just an implied one.

“We saw this as an opportunity to change our story at the campground,” said City Councilwoman Natasha Johnson said. “It doesn’t have a very good reputation because it’s been neglected for a very long time. With the upgrades, we think it will be one of the best things to come to Lake Elsinore.”

Johnson, an experienced recreational vehicle camper, has been involved in planning the project. It includes the replacement of the 150 mostly undeveloped camp sites with more than 230 RV spaces with full electrical, water and sewer hookups. Also, the plan calls for the installation of a community hall for gatherings, a swimming pool, concession stand, laundry, showers and restrooms.

Those features will be located on the west side of a new entrance road built across from the intersection of Riverside Drive and Lincoln Street, while the existing access will remain as an exit.

“The work being done is important in creating an image and the destination we want for the lake,” said Administrative Services Director Jason Simpson, who is orchestrating the plan in conjunction with Community Services Director Johnathan Skinner and La Laguna grounds manager William Johnson. “We want to create a space that when people leave […]    

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