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Boating Hours

Summer: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Winter: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm

Watercraft without running lights must be off the water by sunset.

Summer hours are determined by Daylight Savings Time.

QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSEL INSPECTION: We want you to pass inspection!

All vessels entering Lake Perris will be inspected for Quagga and Zebra Mussels. This includes all canoes, kayaks, sail boats, rubber rafts, fishing waders, scuba gear, etc.

Only boats and equipment which are clean, drained, and completely dry, will pass inspection. If you are coming from a known quagga-infected body of water, you must wait 8 calendar days before bringing it to Lake Perris or Silverwood Lake.

Click here for more information about quagga infested lakes and about the effects of Quagga Mussels and Inspections

If your boat or equipment, including but not limited to sails, life vests, and skis, are wet, damp, or moist, you will not pass inspection. Failure to pass inspection will result in a full 8 calendar day dry-out period before that failed vessel is allowed to launch at a State Park Reservoir.

Multiple watercraft: All vessels on a trailer will be automatically failed if one of the vessels fails inspection. For example, if there are two jet skis on the trailer, and one fails inspection, then the other vessel will be failed as well.

Do not wash, rinse, or hose your boat before coming to Lake Perris. Your watercraft WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE PARK. Let the boat dry for 5 days minimum after washing. The mussel lives in fresh water so tap water will not remove the mussel from your vessel. These animals are like barnacles, clams, and oysters and they attach themselves to any solid material and thrive in dark, stagnant environments. Rinsing will not remove them. To KILL the animal, you must let your boat and equipment in or on the boat be completely dry.

Unfortunately there is no easy way for anyone to identify if a damp boat is infested with the mussels. All watercraft must go through inspection before they are allowed to enter the park.

We want you to pass inspection, but we all have a responsibility to protect California’s waterways, drinking water supplies, and your watercraft from these destructive, invasive mussels.


Watercraft reservations are recommended for summer weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and major summer holidays. In the event of sell-out, only watercraft with reservations will be allowed into the park.

Reservations are required for each individual watercraft. Each reservation holds 1 space on the water. You will pay Vehicle and Boat Use fees on arrival.

Campers: If you are camping for multiple days and are arriving on Saturday, your watercraft only needs a reservation for your day of arrival. On arrival, you will pay full use fees for your watercraft for each day that the watercraft is in the park. (example: If you check in on Saturday afternoon and are checking out on Monday, you need a reservation for Saturday, and will pay boat use fees for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.) Friday arrivals do not generally need a reservation unless Friday itself is a major Holiday.

Reservations can be made at or by calling 1-800-444-7275 (TDD: 1-800-274-7275).

Sail boats, kayaks, canoes, and other hand launch vessels do not need a reservation.

The Marina

Prices and Information: (951) 657-2179  
Boat Rentals, Watercraft rentals, Wet and Dry Storage.
Store Hours: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Boat slip holders must purchase a California State Park Annual Day Use or Golden Poppy pass and a Boat Use pass, to enter in and out of the park with their vehicle and/or watercraft, otherwise they will be charged Day and Boat Use fees each day they enter the park.

Boat slip holders are allowed to enter the park during boat and day use closures, even without a reservation.

Be a Safe Boater!

Each Boat must have the following:
     Current Department of Motor Vehicles registration.
     An adequate muffler to meet state noise level requirements.
     U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher (except sailboats without motors)
     A U.S. Coast Guard approved type I, II, or III personal floatation device for each person on board.
     A whistle or other sound producing appliance if vessel is a motor boat over 16 feet in length.
     Other suggested equipment includes a paddle, a 20 foot tow line, and an anchor.

Boating Rules

     Vessel operators must be 16 years of age.
     Direction of travel is counterclockwise (except vessels under sail, kayak, or canoes).
     Maximum speed on the lake is 35 mph. Speed before sunrise is limited to 5 mph. Running lights are required.
     Everyone under 11 years old must wear a life vest at all times on a vessel. We recommend that everyone, even strong swimmers, wear a life vest!
     Everyone being towed behind the vessel must wear a life vest, at all times.
     Free style/Trick riding is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to: 360’s, 180’s, submarining, jumping boat wakes etc.
     NO WAKE! 5 mph from shore to buoys.
     5 mph and running lights are required during restricted visibility and after dark.
     Vessels are not allowed within 50 feet of posted swim areas.
     All persons except water-skiers (etc.) must be in the passenger compartment while vessel is under way. NO BOW RIDING!
     Water-skiing (etc.) is allowed only during daylight hours. Water skiers (etc.) must have an observer at least 12 years old in the towing vessel in a position to watch the skier at all times.
     When towing anything behind the boat, use a ski rope only. The rope may not be physically attached to the wakeboards, kneeboards, or inflatables.
     Please do not leave skis, ropes, etc. in the lake.
     Dogs are allowed on vessels but not in the water.
     Protect our water and our beaches: Do not refuel your vessels at the shore or in the water. Fueling is permitted at the Marina docks or in the parking lot.
     Boaters are required to know and follow all California State boating laws, even if not listed above.
     ALCOHOL possession and consumption is allowed from your vessel only. You may not bring alcohol on shore in day use areas. Alcohol is also permitted in your registered campsite.
     The east end of the lake will be a 5 mile per hour zone only.  Travel will be counter clockwise only in the west basin due to hidden hazards underwater in the east end.

NOTE:  All 5 mph zones are non directional.  Only the 35 mph zones are counterclockwise.