Safety and Regulations

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Special Protection for Special Places

Visitors to Lake Perris State Recreation Area are the park's most important guardians. During your visit to the park, be aware that there are people who either intentionally or unknowingly harm park resources. Please contact a park official if you see any of the following illegal acts:

  • Feeding or approaching wildlife
  • Hunting animals outside of posted hunting season
  • Collecting reptiles, insects, or other animals (dead or alive)
  • Collecting or harming plants and trees
  • Attaching items to or hanging items (including hammocks, swings, pinatas, etc.) from park trees and structures.
  • Driving non-State vehicles into sensitive meadows and off roadways.
  • Camping outside of designated campgrounds
  • Using weapons

Note: Collection of game birds/rabbits with a shotgun is acceptable during the park's posted hunting season. If you see activities that could harm people or park resources, jot down any descriptions or a vehicle license plate number and contact park personnel. If someone's life is in danger, call 911.

Keep Wildlife Wild

Respect the park's animals at a distance: Never feed or approach them.

  • Keep your distance from animals, even if they approach you
  • Dispose of trash in trash cans or dumpsters
  • Keep your food and trash from wildlife by storing it properly, day and night.
  • Failure to obey regulations may result in citation.

General Park Rules

Lake Perris is a California State Recreation Area. All State and Federal laws apply and are enforced. Help keep your park safe by following posted speed limits and traffic signs.

  • The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages (this includes alcohol poured into a different container) is prohibited in all day use areas. Alcohol is allowed in your overnight camp site and you may consume alcohol from a vessel. Please designate drivers both on the road and on your boat. Law Enforcement Rangers arrest an average of 50 visitors a year for drunk driving. Please be smart and safe.

  • Vending and the selling of items, food, or services within park boundaries is prohibited without a permit or contract with the State.

  • Passengers in a vehicle must be in the vehicle with seat belt fastened. It is dangerous to let passengers ride without seatbelts, in the bed of your truck or in a vessel while on the road or in a parking lot (even at low speeds)!

  • Motorized vehicles (cars, miniature motorcycles, golf carts, etc.) driven in the park must be registered with the DMV and have a street legal license plate.

  • Motorized vehicles must remain on the pavement. Please do not park or drive off road or drive motorized vehicles on the beach. (Exception: Vehicles launching non-powered boats at Sail Cove may temporarily be on the sand. Vehicles with a disabled license plate or disabled placard on display may park on the sand in Sail Cove).

  • Do Not attach or hang items from park structures or trees. Hammocks, swings, etc. must be free-standing and not hung from or attached to park buildings or trees.