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 - 10 PM

Bernasconi Beach Day Use 7 AM -  7 PM

Boating: 6 AM - 8:30 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.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Park Alerts and News

The park is now open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday.  All boats must be off the lake by 8:30 PM.  All boats must have running lights if operating past sunset.  Bernasconi Beach is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.  

Current  Lake Conditions 06-17-19

The lake is currently full.  For the first time since 2005 we are now holding almost 126,500 acre feet of water which is  41,220,205,515.5 Gallons!  

Water Temperature is 73 degrees and rising

Fishing is amazing for Largemouth Bass.  Most fish have spawned and are now feeding.  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 weekday crowds give you much more freedom and the weather has been fantastic. Please visit https://reservecalifornia.com/

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 http://californiaboatercard.com/

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 >>

Water Quality and Blue Green-Algae Blooms:

As with any lake, ocean, or river in the nation, Lake Perris' aquatic ecosystem cannot be compared to a swimming a pool that is treated with chemicals to ensure water quality.  If you choose to use the lake for swimming, keep in mind that natural lake processes occur and there may be times that the water quality for recreation may pose a health risk.  Recently, the Department of Water Resources began to test State facilities for the presence of harmful algae. Prior to 2013, there was no way to test for the presence of this naturally occurring algae bloom and it is very likely that most reservoirs have experienced this.  Now that weekly testing is occurring, we will likely see tests results of future blooms of blue-green algae that may be harmful.  Some general guidelines regardless of any elevated test include:

Do not drink the water and try not to get water in your mouth

Do not eat algae or aquatic plants

Do not let pets enter the water (They are not allowed in the water by regulation)

Do not go swimming if you have open wounds or cuts

Shower after using the lake

Humans who drink or swim in water that contains high concentrations of cyanobacteria or cyanobacterial toxins may experience gastroenteritis, skin irritation, and allergic responses.  In conjunction with the State Water Board and the Department of Water Resources, three levels of advisories have been established so visitors can be informed about the current water condition in a particular area.

First Level = Caution:    A caution warning indicates that you can swim in the water but you should avoid contact with algae and keep children away from algae.  Do not drink the water or use it for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water

 Second Level= Warning:  A warning means that you should not swim.  Stay away from scum or algae, do not drink or use water for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water. 

Third Level= Danger:  Stay out of the water including wading.  Stay away from scum or algae, do not drink or use water for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water. 

These advisories are recommendations based upon testing results and CA State Parks will post them and update them weekly at the entrances to parking lots, lifeguard towers and other areas where body water contact occurs.

 

Current testing results / impacts: 06-17-19 to Current (Safe to swim)

Moreno Swim Beach (Lots 8,9, and 10)= Caution   

Perris Swim Beach (Lots 1,2,3, and 4)= Caution

The Rest of the Park:  = Caution

A caution warning indicates that you can swim in the water but you should avoid contact with algae and keep children away from algae.  Do not drink the water or use it for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water

 


 

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.

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