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Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(951) 940-5600

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
Perris and Moreno Day Use: 6 AM - 10 PM

Bernasconi Beach Day Use 7 AM -  7 PM

Boating: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
(Running lights are rquired after sunset)

Driving Directions to Lake Perris SRA

The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Park Alerts and News

 Winter Hours.

The park is now open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday.  All boats must be off the lake by 8:30 PM.  All boats must have running lights if operating past sunset.  Bernasconi Beach is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.   These hours are currently in place and will be extended later in March of 2019 when daylight savings occurs.  

Bowfishing is now allowed at Lake Perris

Park is open 6 AM to 8 PM.   Water levels continue to rise.  Water is at 88 percent full.  Full pool is expected mid to late April.  The park is already turning green and we expect a very colorful spring.  If you enjoy birding, we already are starting to see many migratory birds visiting the lake including bald eagles.


Whereas:  Anyone that is participating in bow and arrow fishing at Lake Perris State Recreation area must have a valid State of California fishing license and shall abide by California Code of Regulation Title 14 and State Fish and Game Code Regulations.

The following lands, waters, and facilities of Lake Perris State Recreation Area are hereby permitted for public use as it pertains to bow fishing:Bow and arrow fishing tackle must have the arrow’s shaft or the point, or both securely attached by a line to the bow or to a fishing reel (includes crossbows). Arrows must have a tip designed for bow and arrow fishing, the use of broad heads is prohibited. 

Bowfishing is not allowed from shore.  Bowfishing is only authorized from a vessel in designated areas of the lake.  The established area is inside the 5 MPH zone from east of Power Cove launch ramp to the western end of Bernasconi Day Use Area where the outlet buoy line is established.  (See Map). No other area of the lake is permitted. Bowfishing is not allowed in the open zone of the lake outside of the 5 MPH zone. 

 Bow and arrow and crossbow fishing gear are considered weapons within the State Park system.  When not actively bow fishing, the bow and arrow and crossbow fishing gear must be stored on the vessel at all times.  It is acceptable upon arrival to transfer the equipment from a vehicle to the vessel and from a vessel to a vehicle at the conclusion of the day. 

 All fish taken by bow and arrow SHALL be removed from Lake Perris State Recreation Area in a manner consistent with CCR Title 14 1.87 – Waste of fish. Pursuant to this law, no fish may be wasted or disposed in any trash receptacle or disposed into the lake.   

 Bowfishing is prohibited within 100 feet of any person or vessel outside the vessel of the bow and arrow hunter. 

 No person shall harvest, attempt to harvest and/or possess any game fish with the exception of Carp from Lake Perris taken via method of bow and arrow fishing.

Current Conditions 2-11-19:

Fish Report:

Fishing is starting to pick up a little.  ZYou won't catch volume but there are some bigger bass being taken.  THe last intel I got was in the east end or off the island in the 15 to 20 feet of water (try to find a steeper dropoff) with larger dropshot worms 8 to 12" and a slow presentation.  I have also heard some catching a few in the shallower 5 to 8 foot zone.  Water temperature is still 53 degrees.    For more information about fishing and renting a fishing boat call the Marina at (951) 657-2179. This is also a great time to camp. Low weekend crowds give you much more freedom and the weather has been fantastic. Please visit

New to this year is that boaters will need a CA issued boater operator card. The law is in effect and applies this year to those who are 20 years old and less. Eventually all boaters will need to take the online course and possess a boater operator card. For more information please visit

All vessels entering Lake Perris SRA will be inspected for standing water and quagga mussels. Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch. We do not want you to fail this free inspection!  More >>

Bernasconi beach which includes Big Rock climbing area is now open daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM parking is $10 using the self pay kiosk (Cssh / Credit) machine does not give change.   The top of the dam is also open for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.   You can park in fisherman's parking lot for access.   Anglers may also use the dam to fish off except near the water tower which is marked no trespassing.  


About Lake Perris

Lake Peris

"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..."

The untended areas of Lake Perris may seem rocky and barren at first glance, but an amazing variety of natural wonders are waiting to be found by those who seek them out. The predominant plant community, coastal sage scrub, is home to a variety of birds and wildlife. Mule deer, roadrunners, bobcats, coyotes, cotton tail, jack rabbits, quail, gopher snakes, and rattlesnakes may sometimes be seen by day, though they tend to shy away from people. More frequently seen are a wide variety of lizards, rodents, water fowl, and birds of prey. Beautiful displays of wildflowers occur during the rainy season- generally November through April.

Lake Perris is ringed by various hills and small mountains. The coastal sage scrub community is predominant on the south-facing slopes of the Russell Mountains and Bernasconi Hills and is characterized by shrubby plants including desert encelia, brittlebush, sagebrush, black sage, white sage, buckwheat, and cacti. Conditions are somewhat shadier on hillsides that face north or northwest so that chaparral plants such as chamise, penstemon, and--caution!--poison oak are apt to be found. Remnants of the original perennial grasses that once flourished in this region can still be found in the flat interior of the park surrounding the lake, but the majority of plants that now make up the valley grassland community (including Russian thistle) were imported from Europe by early settlers. Riparian areas near springs and seeps, and on east and south lakes include willows, cattails, elderberry and nettles.Killdeer

Most plants and animals at Lake Perris are well adapted to the hot, dry environment. Chamise leaves are tiny and waxy to maximize water loss due to evaporation. Some grasses and wildflowers rush from bloom to seed in just a few short weeks and are able therefore to complete their life cycle within the brief wet season. Kangaroo rats are so well adapted to dry environments that they seldom drink water, and manage to extract the moisture they need directly from their food. The plants and animals of Perris valley have changed considerably over the last two hundred years due to human activity, but the natural history of this area can still intrigue the observant visitor.

Burrowing OwlMore than a hundred different species of birds have been spotted at Lake Perris. Many are migratory, and stop at the park briefly during their travels, while others make their permanent residence here. Larks, loggerhead shrikes, roadrunners, California thrashers, quail, wrens, sparrows, hummingbirds, golden eagles, several varieties of hawks, ospreys, and even bald eagles may be seen. In addition, many varieties of waterfowl use the lake including pintails, widgeons, teals, mallards, shovelers, various geese, and sometimes whistling swans and pelicans. Blacknecked stilts, avocets, killdeer, willets, kingfishers, egrets, and herons are attracted to the water’s edge.

Day and night, hawks and owls are frequently seen hunting for mice, moles, wood rats, and other rodents. These animals provide food not only for hawks, owls, and snakes, but also for coyotes, long-tailed weasels, skunks, badgers, and bobcats. The bike trail offers an easy and convenient way to see some of the birds and other wildlife of Lake Perris. Early morning or dusk are the best times. Ranger-led hikes are conducted during the spring and early summer months.

For your safety, and the safety of the animals please do not harass or interact with the wildlife and always tred carefully.

Gopher Snake

Additional Visitor Services

  • Pyramid Enterprises, Inc. (Lake Perris Marina)
  • Code 3 RV, LLC (Camp trailer rentals)

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