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Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(951) 940-5600

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
Day Use: 6 AM - 10 PM
Boating: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
(Running lights after sunset)
Summer Hours in Effect until 11/06/16

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

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

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Park Alerts and News

Aquatic Adventure Camp Signups from April 15-30th

















Aquatic Adventure Camp is a FREE program designed to teach children how to swim, improve swimming techniques, basic first aid, what to do during an emergency, healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, kayaking, snorkeling, and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. This program is for children ages 7-15. Staff from the Lake Perris State Recreation Area will conduct two (2) Aquatic Adventure Camp sessions in 2017. The first session will be offered June 19 through June 30, 2017 and the second session will be offered July 10 through July 21, 2017 (weekends excluded). The Drop Zone is located at 2165 Trumble Road, Perris, CA. Lake Perris State Recreation Area is located at 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA. The following is the schedule for each two week session:

The first 7 days are held at Drop Zone and the last three are at Lake Perris.

The following is the schedule for each two week session:

Week 1:

Location: Drop Zone
Hours: 8:00AM -12:00PM

Week 2:

Location: Drop Zone
Hours: 8:00AM -12:00PM

Location: Lake Perris
Hours: 8:00AM-2:00PM

Location: Lake Perris
Hours: 2:00PM -8:00PM ( End of Session Fun Day with Barbeque)


Click Here to Sign Up For Aquatic Adventure Camp

Please note that participants are chosen by lottery. Priority is given to first time applicants / participants. Past participants will only be selected if there is room in the program. there are 75 spaces in each session. Last year there were 600+ applications. If your child attended last year they most likely will not be able to attend again due to popularity. We will be announcing Junior Lifeguards at Lake Perris next week this program is $200 per child and $180 for any additional children from the same family. This program is 800 AM to 3 PM  and runs from 7/10 - 7/28


We have a real-time weather station!    It is located near the lake on top of our Lifeguard Headquarters at Point Number 6.  Please click here for the latest conditions  Real-Time Lake Perris Weather

Attention Boaters!

  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 >>

Updated 4-12-17 on Closures, Dam, and Water Levels: Big Rock Climbing Rock, Fisherman's Lot, the Dam, and the Bernasconi Day Use/Camping areas are closed to all public access until further notice due to the construction at the dam. More >>

Firewood Notice: Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer spreading throughout San Diego County and into Riverside County, oak firewood will not be allowed into Lake Perris SRA. Wood can be purchased inside the park. Other species of firewood, such as pine or eucalyptus, are still allowed.

About Lake Perris

Lake Peris

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 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.

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.

Gopher Snake 

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Available Activities and Facilities at Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
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
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible