Open 7 days a week
Day Use: 6 AM - 10 PM
Boating: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
(Running lights after sunset)
Summer Hours in Effect
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet
Open 7 days a week
Driving Directions to Lake Perris SRA
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
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Update on Dam Construction and Water Levels:
Boat Launching / Dam Construction Update: 3-13-15
The dam construction has officially begun. You can now see some new construction roads, construction offices, and plenty of workers running around different areas of the park. Closure signs have been placed in various areas of the park to encourage visitors to stay away from these active sites. We do not want anyone to be injured so please do not trespass. The dam itself is also closed so please do not hike / walk / bike on the dam.
Closed Areas in Red:
This project has caused a little confusion about what services will be impacted. The dam construction will be a three year project and will just close the dam, south side of the park and Bernasconi. The contractor will use Bernasconi materials where they will be blasting rock and also using fill (sand/mud) from the undeveloped east end of the park. In addition, an internal road will be constructed and used to transport all of the materials to the face of the dam so that Ramona Expressway will not be congested. There will be hundreds of thousands of truckloads of transported materials during the 3 year job. Although rock climbing (Big Rock) will be closed because it is within the path of these deliveries and adjacent to the quarry, it will not be used or destroyed. There will be no lake closures or limitations on areas you can fish due to the project. The lake / water will not be used at all for the project. Our developed campground, group camp, hunting zone, picnic areas, 2 swim beaches, Indian museum, equestrian camp, and 60% of equestrian / multiuse trails will remain open during the dam project.
Launch ramp Update We have been told that MWD has taken all of their flexible storage and Perris should remain stable. This means that we will have at least one ramp in the water and will remain open to boating. Current water level is 1548.2 with some light volume coming into the lake. Water temperature is 60 degrees.
Water Level History:
In 2005 we had to drop the lake 25' vertical feet as a safety precaution due to seismic vulnerability with the dam. This drop coupled with the 2 year drought and drinking water demands has had an impact on our lake levels. Our lake only has one remaining 6 lane launch ramp and it has about 6 vertical feet of water on top of it. Since we are at the lowest lake elevation in over 40 years, we have been diligently trying to keep our existing ramp clear of debris. Over the years a large amount sand and rocks have built up at the current base of the ramp. We have been sending our dive team to remove hazards and also have been using heavy equipment to clear the ramp. We are committed to keep ramp 6 open and free of hazards. Please use caution when navigating in the east end and near the island. We will do our best to mark hazards as they become visible but every skipper should also be cautious.
I appreciate all of our visitors and I strongly feel that Lake Perris will still satisfy most users recreational needs during this drought and construction period. We will do our best to communicate any changes via FB and our website. If you ever have any questions about our operation please send us a FB message or call our office at 951-940-5600.
Thank you for supporting and using Lake Perris,
For more information on the damn remediation project please visit the California Department of Water Resources at the Perris Dam Remediation Program site, and our own Lake Concerns page.
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! Please click the links below for more information on quagga mussels and details on how you can ensure your vessel will pass.
Quagga Information Video
Quagga Inspection Guidelines
Lake Perris is always seeking volunteers to work as Camp Hosts or Museum Docents. Contact the park office at (951) 940-5600 for more information.
Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer spreading throughout San Diego County and into Riverside County, no oak firewood will be allowed into Lake Perris SRA. Wood can be purchased inside the park. Other species of firewood, such as pine or eucalyptus, is still allowed. For more information, contact park staff at (951) 940-5600.
Available Activities and Facilities at Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available