Canyon Lake is a city and gated community on Canyon Lake reservoir, located in the Inland Empire, Riverside County, California. Canyon Lake began as a master-planned community developed by Corona Land Company in 1968. The City of Canyon Lake was incorporated on December 1, 1990 and is named after the reservoir it is built around. Initially the reservoir was known as Railroad Canyon Reservoir, or Railroad Canyon Lake, but now the reservoir and the community are referred to by the shortened form, Canyon Lake.
Students attend school in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. Students typically attend Tuscany Hills Elementary or Cottonwood Canyon Elementary Schools, Canyon Lake Middle School, and Temescal Canyon High School.
Mt. San Jacinto College maintains a campus in nearby Menifee. The nearest University of California campus is University of California, Riverside. Canyon Lake is nearly equidistant from four California State University campuses located at San Bernardino, Fullerton, and San Marcos, as well as Cal Poly Pomona.
In Canyon Lake, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cold, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 88°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 96°F.