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During the peak summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day), the park seeks thousands of visitors a day. Because of the lake's popularity and capacity for both boats and vehicles, the park may temporarily close to both boats and vehicles on busy summer days when lots are full. Here is what you need to know about visiting in the summertime.


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  • Parking lots in the summer time can fill up as early as 11am. Be sure to arrive early inorder to secure a parking spot.
  • Lines to enter the park on busy weekends and holidays can extend as far as Ramona Expressway and Moreno Beach Dr. Expect long delays, respect traffic laws, and be patient.
  • Weekdays are less crowded than weekends/holidays and do not require early entry.


Swimming and Beach Access

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  • Beach space is first come, first serve for individuals seeking to set up canopies or beach chairs. Be sure to arrive early to secure the best spot and be mindful of those around you.
  • Park provided picnic areas are first come, first serve. For a fee, groups may reserve one of three group picnic sites; larger groups may combine more than one group site. Group picnic areas are reservable on
  • Visitors may be forced to park in far corners of the park. Pack your beach goods accordingly, bring waggons and strollers, and prepare to walk far distances to access the beach. Large bbqs and grills are not recommended.


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  • Parking fills up quick on busy summer days. Parking lots can fill up as early as 11am on some summer days. Arrive early for the best parking.
  • When parking lots are full, the park closes temporarily for several hours to allow parking lots to open up. Visitors will be unable to come into the park to drop off or load their vehicles during this time. Visitors can follow the park’s social media for updates on when the park reopens on busy days.
  • The park goes into closure to all vehicle traffic when the lake is at boat capacity, 400 vessels, or when all the parking areas are full. All vehicles must wait in line for park entry. No priority can be given to pass holders or to reservations.State Park admittance and use are subject to available space. Visitors can follow the parks social media page stories to see when/if parking lots reopen to the public.
  • Be mindful of parking signs and do not park in “No Parking” or “Emergency Parking Only” areas.



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  • Lake Perris only allows 400 vessels to launch on any given day. Once the park has reached this capacity, boats and vehicles are unable to enter the park until a defined number of spaces is once again available.
  • Boaters who arrive when the park has reached boat closure may wait outside the park for when the park reopens to boats.
  • Boaters can follow the park's social media to receive updates on when the park opens to boats.
  • Launch ramps are most busy in the morning when the park opens and in the evening during sunset. Be mindful of crowds and be prepared for long lines.
  • Waterways can get congested during busy summer days. Be mindful of boats around you and recreate responsibility.


For live updates on park conditions during the summertime, follow the park’s social media pages.