Lake Tamarisk and its manmade lake, golf course, and swimming pool were built in the 1960s by Henry J. Kaiser as a recreation area for management personnel at the nearby Eagle Mountain Mine. When the mine closed in 1982, the park was abandoned and fell into disrepair.
In May of 1984, Ralph Kennedy, Harold Cook, and Joe Chambers purchased the park and turned it into a 55+ Airstream-only park, naming it Lake Tamarisk Land Yacht Harbor. The park underwent major repairs and Kennedy Hall was transformed from a large laundromat with washers and dryers on concrete pedestals to a gathering space much like it is now. People already living in the park were allowed to stay without owning an Airstream. In 1996, the Airstream requirement was dropped.
Today, Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort is a 150-lot RV and mobile home park. It is an active, vibrant, membership owned, 55+ community that fills up each winter with happy souls seeking warmth, community, and sunshine.