About Diamond Valley Lake
and foremost, Diamond Valley Lake is a lifeline for Southern
California in times of drought. The lake holds enough water
to meet the areas emergency and drought needs for six
months and is an important component in Metropolitans
plan to provide a reliable supply of water to the 18 million
people in Southern California who count on us.
Diamond Valley Lake is embarking on a substantial trail system
that will allow visitors to hike and ride through the hill
surrounding the reservoir. The first set of trails are
along the north hills overlooking the lake, and another circumnavigates
Other amenities at the east dam area, including
Metropolitan's partnership with the Valley-Wide Recreation
and Park District to develop a positive recreational environment.
This includes a swimming pool, soccer and other
fields and more.
Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve
To the south of Diamond Valley Lake youll find more than
13,500 acres of open space called the Southwestern Riverside
County Multi-Species Reserve. With the creation of the reserve,
Metropolitan forged California's first agreement for multispecies
protection and proved that progress need not come at the expense
of the environment. The reserve is home to at least 16 sensitive,
endangered or threatened native California bird, animal and plant
The nearby Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve contains some of Southern California's last vernal pools (seasonal ponds) that support fairy shrimp, wintering waterfowl, and spring wildflowers. Other notable species on the reserve include: coyotes, bobcats, mule deer, mountain lions, and golden eagles, which roam the breadth of the reserve; and a stand of Engelmann oak tees, labeled as the only protected reproducing stand of the species in the world.
Commitment to the environment