Lake Elsinore officials: 'Our city is not made for Disneyland size crowds' due to poppy super bloom

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LAKE ELSINORE, CA - MARCH 12: People visit a ‘super bloom’ of wild poppies blanketing the hills of Walker Canyon Heavier than normal winter rains have caused a ‘super bloom’ of wildflowers. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

At least 50,000 people have flooded all over the Inland Empire this weekend, creating 'Disneyland sized crowds,' that are too much for Lake Elsinore officials to handle, the city of Lake Elsinore said in several posts on their Facebook page. 

'#PoppyShutdown: The situation has escalated beyond out available resources. No additional shuttles or visitors will be allowed into Walker Canyon. This weekend has been unbearable Lake Elsinore.'

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper on the 15 Freeway south of Corona leading to Lake Elsinore, according to Caltrans.


Authorities suggested taking Grand Avenue if heading to or coming from the south, and taking Ortega Highway to and from Orange County.

The city has asked visitors to please come on weekdays whenever possible and to stay out of the area if they can.