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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 - 8 PM

Bernasconi Beach Day Use 7 AM -  7 PM

Boating: 6 AM - 6:30 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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Park Alerts and News


Winter Hours.

The park is now open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday.  All boats must be off the lake by 6:30 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.  

American White Pelican In the East End of the lake. 

What a busy summer now lets enjoy the Fall and Winter.

Since the water level was almost 80 percent of full we had our highest year of attendance for the last 12 years. Next year will be even more popular as we just received some fantastic news about the water levels. The last construction project has been complete in the east end and water will now be flowing into Lake Perris at a high rate of flow 400-500 CFS. The lake should be full by the beginning of 2019! 

This equates to 11 more vertical feet. During this period we will relocate the patrol dock to lifeguard headquarters which will then make available launch ramp 7 for public launch. The increased water levels will also make the marina docks and the point one fishing dock ADA compliant and accessible. As always, water flow is based upon availability and conditions and could change. In addition, the bike path that was temporarily closed in the east end will be reopened on Saturday 10-20-18. 

Current Conditions:

Park is open 6 AM to 10 PM Hours will change to 6 AM to 8 PM starting November 3rd. Lake Elevation is 1578.08 (max elevation is 1588) Water capacity is at 79.7 percent. Water temp is 73. If you enjoy birding, we already are starting to see many migratory birds visiting the lake including bald eagles. 

Fishing has been very good for bass who are hanging off ledges, points and brush pile in the 12 to 18 foot depths. Panfish is also good in those same areas and around the marina. Dropshoting is working best for the bass. 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)
  • Inspiration Paddleboard Co. (Paddleboard activities)
  • Urban Park Concessionaires (Floating water play Structure)
  • Code 3 RV, LLC (Camp trailer rentals)

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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