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 - 7:00 PM
(Running lights after sunset)
(The Bald Eagle Picture attached was taken three weeks ago on the dam) We still have a few visiting us snacking on fish.
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The good news is we received almost 30 feet of water and we have reopened all of the previously closed areas including power cove launch area, Bernasconi Beach, Big Rock climbing area, and the dam. This summer we will have both of our swim beaches open with lifeguards on duty. As always we hope everyone is responsible and uses common sense. Please don't drink and drive a vehicle or vessel, Swim near a lifeguard, wear a life jacket while boating or if you are a non-swimmer, and make great memories with friends and family.
Boating: The lake's surface has almost doubled since last year meaning we now have much more room for vessels to operate. We have changed the traffic pattern back to counter clockwise around the island and now are allowing 450 vessels on the lake instead of 200. Please note that we also have re-buoyed the entire lake and that there are 5 MPH zones on the entire perimeter including the dam. We also have eliminated vessels being moored on Moreno Swim beach since Power cove is now available to accommodate twice the capacity.
With the rise in elevation, boaters now must use power cove, the island and Bernasconi to set up their easy ups / shore anchorage. We do ask that boaters pack their trash and dispose of them as they leave the park. Large trash bins are in place in the launch ramp parking areas.
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/
We are ready for the summer and we hope you are too! Please send us your photos if you visit this weekend and please be safe and have fun! We are back........
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 >>
Dam construction is now complete and the lake is almost full of water. 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.
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.
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.
More 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.