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Update on Dam Construction and Water Levels

Spend your spring break with us! This is a beautiful time to visit the park as the crowds are 1/4 of the summer months. The park is green with snow capped San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto in the background. Water is rushing in and the bass fishing is heating up as most are starting to flood the shallows looking to spawn. We have plenty of campsites and day use areas to enjoy.

UPDATE: Water elevation is 1565.76 and the acre feet storage is 79,745. Water temperature is hovering around upper 50's low 60's. Launch ramps 5 and 6 are open. Construction on the dam is 99 percent complete. Water is flowing in at the rate of about 1-3 inches a day. The water is now up 21 feet from our all time low. This summer we should have all 3 launch ramps and the lot 14 PWC ramp in service. We also expect to have the navigational pattern changed to allow full speed direction counterclockwise around the island.

Bernasconi, Big Rock, and dam access. Our goal is May 1st (If not sooner) to reopen Bernasconi and the top of the dam. Tasks include: Getting the potable water system back online, finishing Bernasconi's new parking lot, installing a new pay machine, removing tree hazards, general clean-up to the group camp sites, Trail maintenance, buoy installations, beach resurfacing, picnic table resurfacing, Native plant hydro seeding, and many other tasks. DWR also is working on the outlet tower and also completing their security fencing. We will have a finalized date here in a few weeks and we are also planning a hike or bike ride to kick off the re-opening so stay tuned.

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For more information on the dam remediation project please visit the California Department of Water Resources at the Perris Dam Remediation Program site, and our own Lake Concerns page.