Contact Number

  • (951) 940-5600

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Summer Hours (Mar 10 - Nov 2):
    6 AM - 10 PM daily
    Boating Hours: 6 AM - 7:30 PM

    Winter Hours (Nov 3 - Mar 9):
    7 AM - 8 PM daily
    Boating Hours: 7 AM - 6:30 PM
    Watercraft without running lights must be off the water by sunset year-round.

    Bernasconi Entrance: 7 AM -7 PM

    Museum Hours: Fri: 10 AM - 2 PM
    Sat/Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM 

Park Activities

Dogs not allowed on unpaved trails and on the sand (beach areas) because the water is used for municipal drinking water, and not allowed on Allesandro Island or the Bernasconi Beach area. Dog may go on your boat, but can NOT have any body contact with the water at any time.
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
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding

Park Facilities

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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

Welcome to Lake Perris SRA

Located in the heart of Southern California, Lake Perris State Recreation Area spans over 8,800 acres of diverse landscapes, providing a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With its shimmering lake, rugged hills, and expansive open spaces, Lake Perris offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Whether you're here to enjoy water sports, hike scenic trails, or simply bask in the serene beauty of the surroundings, Lake Perris invites you to immerse yourself in the splendor of nature. Come and experience the tranquility and thrill that await at this stunning recreational gem.

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Basic Information

Click on the dropdown boxes to learn about the parks fees, accepted passes, park address, and operating hours.

Day Use Fees

  • Regular: $10 per vehicle
  • Senior: $9.00 per vehicle (ages 62+)
  • Summer Weekend and Holiday: $20 per vehicle (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
  • Summer Senior Rate: $19.00 per vehicle (ages 62+)
  • Boat Launch: $10 per vessel.
  • Small Bus: $30
  • Large Bus: $60
Please pay kiosk attendant (credit card and cash accepted *exact change is appreciated) or with the Yodel parking app.


Camping Fees

  • Standard (no hook-ups): $35 per night
    • Additional Vehicle: $10.00
  • RV (full hook-ups): $45 per night
    • Additional Vehicle: $10.00
  • Hike and Bike: $10 per night
    • No motor vehicles
  • Horse Camp Sites: $25 night
    • 2 vehicles & trailers. 2 horses per stall 
  • Group Campsites: $300 per night
    • 100 people / 20 vehicles max
  •  *Reservable through

Group Picnic Fees

  • Group Picnic I, II, & III: $305 per day
    • 200 people / 38 vehicles max
  • *Reservable through


The following State Park Passes are accepted at Lake Perris SRA:

  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass*
  • Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass*
  • CA State Parks Boat Pass*
  • Golden Bear Pass
  • Limited Use Golden Bear Pass (not valid Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day)*
  • Disabled Discount Pass (1/2 price day use and camping)
  • Distinguished Veteran Pass
  • Library Pass (must have Library hang tag)

* Can be purachased at the Kiosk

Summer Hours (Mar 10 - Nov 2):

6 AM - 10 PM daily
Boating Hours: 6 AM - 7:30 PM
Last Boat Launch: 5:30 PM
Watercraft without running lights must be off the water by sunset year-round.

Winter Hours (Nov 3 - Mar 9):
7 AM - 8 PM daily
Boating Hours: 7 AM - 6:30 PM
Last Boat Launch: 4:30 PM
Watercraft without running lights must be off the water by sunset year-round.

Bernasconi Entrance: 7 AM -7 PM

Museum Hours:
Fri: 10 AM - 2 PM Sat/Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM

17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris CA, 92571
The park is located off of Ramona Expressway, easily accessible from the I-215. If you're coming from the north, take the Moreno Beach Drive exit and head south. From the south, take the Ramona Expressway exit and head east.

For best results navigating to Lake Perris, type in Lake Perris State Recreation Area or 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA 92571 into your GPS device.

Alcohol - Alcoholic beverage consumption is PROHIBITED in all Day-Use Areas of the park. Violators are subject to citation and possible ejection from the park. (CCR T14 4326).

Inflatable Rafts - Non-U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices such as inflatable floats, boats, pool toys, tubes, rafts, loungers and kayaks are prohibited. 

Drones - The use of powered unmanned aircraft, drones, or other remote controlled aerial devices is prohibited within the park's boundaries.

Campfires - Campfires are only permitted in the campground in park-provided fire rings. Open ground fires are not permitted.  

Motorized vehicles - Motorized vehicles driven in the park (e.g., cars, motorbikes, miniature motorcycles, and golf carts) must be registered with the DMV and have a street-legal license plate. All vehicles must obey posted speed limits. the speed limit in the campgrounds is 15 mph.   

Vending/Concessions - The vending and selling of items, food, or services within park boundaries is prohibited without a permit or contract with the State.

Dogs - Dogs are permitted on all trails but must be on leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the water. Dogs are not allowed on Alessandro Island.   

Fishing - Anglers must possess a California State Fishing License inorder to fish at Lake Perris. Fishing is prohibited in any designated swim area and from any launch ramp, courtesy dock, or from a boat moored to the courtesy doc.

Day Use Parking - Parking is allowed in designated spaces only. No double parking is allowed and vehicles may not park in pull-through spaces at the launch ramps unless pulling a trailer. Please keep vehicles on the pavement at all times. Driving off-road is prohibited except for the launching of sail and hand-powered watercraft. Vehicles must display disabled plates/placards when parking in disabled spaces. Vehicles displaying disabled plates/placards may park on the beach at Sail Cove.  

Hunting- Hunting is only allowed in the designated upland hunt zone. The designated Lake Perris hunting area is Lake Perris Designated Upland Hunting Map Only shotguns may be used in these designated areas; shooting in other areas of the park is prohibited. All hunters must park in hunter's lot and sign-in. Shooting hours are from 6:00 a.m. until sunset. Only three rounds permitted in a shotgun at one time (Must have plug). Valid California State Hunting License is required at all times. An Upland game stamp is required for dove, pheasant and quail. Lake Perris upland hunting follows the same season that CA Department of Fish and Wildlife publlishes.

Boating - Lake Perris Boating Rules are as follows:

  • A California Boating Card is required for anyone under the age of 61 to operate a boat in California's waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well. Learn more at
  • No vessel shall launch that has not been inspected for dreissenid mussels or have a properly attached inspection re-entry seal.
  • No vessel shall attempt to launch which has failed inspection and/or is subject to a dry-out period.
  • No person shall tamper with an inspection seal
  • Vessel operators must follow all CCR-Title14 and applicable Boating Laws, Lake Perris Posted Orders, Harbors & Navigation Laws and Federal Inland Navigation Rules.
  • Direction of travel is counterclockwise (except vessels under sail, kayak, or canoes).
  • Maximum speed limit on the lake is 35 MPH.
  • 5 mph zones are non-directional. 5 mph zones are from shore line to buoys and on the east end (island side) of the lake, due to hidden hazards and shallow water in that portion of the lake.
  • 5 mph max speed and running lights are required during restricted visibility, before sunrise, and after dark.
  • Vessels are not allowed within 50 feet of posted swim areas.
  • Free style/Trick riding is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to: 360’s, 180’s, submarining, jumping boat wakes within 100 feet of a vessel.
  • All persons, except water-skiers (etc.), must be in the passenger compartment while vessel is under way.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach, in the water or on the island. Dogs are allowed on vessels but not in the water.
  • Shoreline refueling is Prohibited, Refuel in parking lots - Protect our water and our beaches.
  • ALCOHOL possession and consumption is allowed from your vessel only. You may not bring alcohol on shore in day use areas. Alcohol is also permitted in your registered campsite.
  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI) will be subject to arrest and booking into County Jail.
  • Boaters are required to know and follow all California State boating laws, even if not listed above.

 A full list of the park's posted orders is available here: LAKE PERRIS POSTED ORDERS

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Quagga and zebra mussels are small invasive freshwater mussels. These small mussels have the ability to rapidly reproduce, sticking onto both boats and lake infrastructure used to transport drinking water, causing millions of dollars of damage. To help keep our reservoir free of these invasive species, all vessels must be inspected before entering the lake. Your boat must be cleaned, drained, and dry upon inspection in order to pass. Any water, including rain and hose water due to our inability to test the water, will be subject to a failed inspection. If water or mussels are found, the boat will be placed on a eight day quarantine in which boaters will be unable to launch from both Lake Perris, Silverwood Lake, and Diamond Valley Lake. Learn more on our boating page

2024 Junior Lifeguard Program

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Lake Perris State Recreation Area Jr. Lifeguard Program runs from June 17 through June 28, 2024. The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers. Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate.

Junior Lifeguards will accomplish activities through instruction including: Team building, open water swimming, beach running, paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking, first aid / CPR training, aquatic rescue techniques all while having FUN!

Marina Store and Watercraft Rentals

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Rec-Out SoCal at Lake Perris Marina is the proud concession operator at Lake Perris SRA. Rec-Out SoCal provides Lake Perris visitors with a convenient marina store, cook-to-order food options, and rental amenities such as fishing boats, kayaks, and paddleboards through Adventure Sports @ Lake Perris. Lakeside RV Glamping and Pontoon boats set to launch Summer of 2024. The Marina Store offers ice, firewood, cold drinks, bait, tackle, snacks, games, sand toys, & much more. The Rec-Out Café is equipped with a state-of-the-art food trailer that curates flavorful, SoCal food favorites that will satisfy your hunger.

Located in the Marina parking lot is the fenced, dry dock storage yard; limited availability – Inquire at Marina Store or visit Rec-Out SoCal website for details. Marina Rental Services include a fleet of fishing boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Pontoon boats scheduled to launch Summer 2024. For more information, including pricing and food options, click the button below.

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