Canyon Lake is an affluent gated community in Riverside County, California, United States. One of only five gated cities in 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. It geographically spans 4.7 square miles (12 km2). The Lake was originally formed in 1927 after Railroad Canyon Dam was built. The lake covers 383 acres (1.55 km2) and has 14.9 miles (24.0 km) of shoreline. The population was 10,561 at the 2010 census.
Students attend school in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. Students typically attend Tuscany Hills Elementary, or Cottonwood Canyon Elementary, Canyon Lake Middle 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 in Pomona.