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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
Day Use: 6 AM - 10 PM
Boating: 6 AM - 7:00 PM
(Running lights 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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Aquatic Adventure Signups

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BY May 11th, 2018. The lottery for the spots will be announced by May 20th.




















The registration link will expire after the 11th and we will not accept late applications Also if your child has attended this program in the past please do not register. We receive over 800 applications each year for 150 spots and we will not allow kids to repeat. We do filter this during our selection lottery. This program is designed to teach kids who have little to no swimming ability and the scope of this program is to prevent drownings. By giving kids priority who have not attended before we accomplish this mission. 

Aquatic Adventure Camp is a FREE program designed to teach children how to swim, improve swimming techniques, basic first aid, what to do during an emergency, healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, kayaking, snorkeling, and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. This program is for children ages 7-15. The program takes place at the Dropzone in Perris for the first 7 days and at Lake Perris State Recreation Area the last 3 days.

Staff from the Lake Perris State Recreation Area will conduct two (2) Aquatic Adventure Camp sessions in 2018. 

SESSION 1 will be offered June 18th through June 29th, 2018. 
(weekends excluded).

SESSION 2 will be offered July 9th through July 20th, 2018 (weekends excluded).

The Drop Zone is located at 2165 Trumble Road, Perris, CA. Lake Perris State Recreation Area is located at 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA. The following is the schedule for each two week session:

Week 1:

Location: Drop Zone
Hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

Week 2:

Location: Drop Zone
Hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

Location: Lake Perris
Hours: 8:00am-2:00pm

Location: Lake Perris
Hours: 2:00pm-8:00pm

If your child has attended before but you still want your child to be a part of summer aquatic program, we will have a junior lifeguard program at Lake Perris SRA which is $200 per child and is 3 weeks long. Signups for that program will begin April 24th. We will have the information on Facebook and our website.


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 

Park Alerts and News

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 >>

Updated 5-4-17 on Closures, Dam, and Water Levels: Big Rock Climbing Rock, Fisherman's Lot, the Dam, and the Bernasconi Day Use/Camping areas are closed to all public access until further notice due to the construction at the dam. More >>



Lake Perris is pleased to offer a new fun and educational game to visitors, Agents of Discovery!  Dowload the app, and prepare your family for a great time hiking while learning about the natural wonder of Lake Perris State Recreation Area.  For even more fun, check out the Agents of Discovery Southern California Explorer Campaign after your completion of Lake Perris's challenge.   Questions?  Dowload the the FAQ and Info document HERE or contact the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum at (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.



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Available Activities and Facilities at Lake Perris State Recreation Area

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