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 - 8 PM

Bernasconi Beach Day Use 7 AM -  7 PM

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

Entrance fee:

$10 per vehicle

$10 per vessel

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


Lake Closure This Friday November 22nd From 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Lake Perris SRA will be closed to vessels from 0600 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday November 22nd 2019 due to the lake being treated with copper sulfate. Helicopters will be dropping this treatment which reduces the algae and weed growth and improves the taste and odor of the water which is used for drinking water. Vessels will be allowed back on the lake when the operation is complete (Approximately 2:00 PM) This operation does not impact camping, day use, or shore fishing.

11-13-19 Update "Park hours change, winds, and power outages"

Its hard to say goodbye to summer especially when its supposed to be 83 degrees today. With daylight savings ending a few days ago please note the park hours have changed. We are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday and vessel hours are from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM. If darkness occurs prior to 6:30 PM you must enable your navigation lights. If you vessel does not have them (PWC) you must come off the lake. Bernasconi day use area is open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Park Status: Water is in the upper 60's. Bass fishing is awesome. Water level is at 1569' (Max is 1588) with another 2 feet expected to be taken further (Subject to change based upon conditions and the Department of Water Resources) . We have (2) 6 lane launch ramps open with courtesy docks. This is the time of year to camp if you like peace and quiet. Summer camping brings the crowds but this time of year you might have a handful of sites to your right and left vacant.

Wind: Its that time of the year where it can get very windy here. We have had capsized vessels in the past and we want to avoid this situation. Common sense can save your life when it comes to boating. Please plan you trip accordingly. If the forecast calls for red flag wind, don't come here expecting to launch. This lake will actually experience worse conditions than outside the park due to the unobstructed surface area of the lake coupled with the topography. Honestly, if the forecast is greater than 20 MPH I would advise staying home. Its is no fun being on the lake in white capped conditions. For real time lake conditions please visit our own weather station link on the bottom or our department's website or by using this direct link:…/174c5dc4043a4463a03dadac…/wide

When do we close the Lake? What speeds do we put a flag up?

Great questions: Small craft warnings are a NOAA condition on the ocean. "Lake wind advisory" is a National Weather Service event that has a different threshold.

One flag lake wind advisory = 22 MPH to 34 MPH Patrol boat and all staff should advise all vessels with less than 12 inches of free board to come off the lake for their safety.

Two flag wind advisory (Gale) 34 MPH plus. Lake closure. Patrol boat ensures everyone is off the lake. Staff does not let vessels enter the park.

When conditions change below the 34 MPH for one hour or greater than we reduce / remove the warning / closure.

Power Outages: We get them too. The last few weeks we have had numerous outages. Most outages last a few hours but we have a few last over four hours. For the most part it doesn't impact most users. When we experience a power outage the following impacts occur: Power loss at campground hook-up sites, Can not sell annual passes at campground office or admin building, administrative offices may close, weather station offline, phone system may be offline, restrooms will not have lights, no parking lights.

Agents of Discovery Fish Image

Lake Perris is pleased to offer a new fun and educational game to visitors, Agents of Discovery!  Download the app, and prepare your family for a great time hiking while learning about the natural wonder of Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Questions?; Download the FAQ and Info document HERE or contact the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum (951) 940-5657.

Begin your journey in Parking Lot 8 and follow the bike path east towards Lot 9 to explore the diverse habitats of the park.  This is an easy and flat route.

Pick up your badge at the on-site Yai'Heki' Regional Indian Museum on Fridays from 10am-2pm, or Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.

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 retention when encountering 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

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