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Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(951) 940-5600

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
Day Use: 6 AM - 8 PM
Boating: 6 AM - 6:30 PM
(Running lights after sunset)

Winter Hours in Effect until 3/13/16

Driving Directions to Lake Perris SRA

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

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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

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Attention Boaters (Information in order to Launch at Lake Perris)

Quagga Inspection:

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

Volunteers Wanted:

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.

Firewood Notice:

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.

17th Annual Lights on the Lake Parade

Every year, boaters of all kinds decorate their watercraft for the holiday season and participate in a light parade around the lake.

Free admission for all contestants.
Free admission for all spectators who bring an unopened toy valued at $10.00 or more. The toys will be donated to local charities.

Boaters will meet in Lot 6 and be on the water before 4:30 pm.
Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Boat Categories: Powerboat of less than 20 feet, Powerboat of more than 20 feet, Bass boat, Kayak, and Personal Watercraft.

For more information contact Ranger Huelsman at 951-940-5647, or

A notice about the grass and use of water toys at Lake Perris

Due to the ongoing drought, and the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency, Lake Perris has been required to stop irrigating all grass areas until further notice. Grass at the Day Use and Group Picnic areas is dead and brown.

Also due to the ongoing drought, the park will not allow visitors to bring and use water toys including, but not limited to, swimming pools, wading pools, water slides, slip-and-slides, sprinkler toys, dunk tanks, etc.

Please be water wise. Do not waste water.

Update on Dam Construction and Water Levels:

There has been a lot of concern over the status of the water level and the dam construction project. For the most recent updates, please visit our own Lake Concerns page. Updated: 4-16-15

For more information on the dam remediation project please visit the California Department of Water Resources at the Perris Dam Remediation Program site.

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