Grading, demolition completed at Happy Camp


The POA announced that the Happy Camp Construction Project is on schedule and expected to be completed by Memorial Day. The grading and demolition are completed; sewer, water and electrical trenching are next.

Both the upper and lower roads have been relocated to the west, away from the lake. The campsites will be longer, deeper and angled to create easier access for RVs.

The Happy Camp Construction Project will be an extensive modernization of the campground area to include rehabilitation and/or replacement of the asphalt roads, new concrete walkways, new sewer system, new water laterals and new electrical system.

There will be campsite and road layout changes to accommodate larger RVs with slide-outs. Twenty-one additional campsites with RV hookups will be added.

There will be a total electrical system upgrade that includes a new Edison transformer, new conduit and wiring and new electrical pedestals to accommodate modern RV’s and increased overall electrical loads. Street lighting and power poles will also be replaced.

In a second phase of the project, the restrooms will be remodeled and the campground office will be relocated closer to the lake.

The POA Board of Directors approved the total project cost of $774,300 with $649,300 to come from the Repair and Replacement Fund 02-670 and $125,000 to come from the Road Reserve Fund 03-0670.

The project was awarded to DMC Enterprises during the Regular Session Board Meeting on Jan. 2. DMC Enterprises is a general contracting firm based in Vista, CA and they recently completed a very similar campground project for the City of Lake Elsinore. The POA received 10 bids; DMC Enterprises submitted the lowest bid. For more information about DMC, visit

The POA’s goal is to have the project completed before Memorial Day, one of the busiest weekends of the year at the campground. This year, the POA will hold a lottery for Memorial Day weekend campground reservations. The lottery will be similar to the system used for July 4.

Happy Camp is one of Canyon Lake’s most unique amenities. It offers both water views and beach-front camping to members and their guests. Its docks make it a great spot for water sports and fishing.

More information about POA projects can found on the POA’s website at