Lake Perris is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. All vessels have to be off the lake by 8:30 PM. Vessels without running light need to be off the lake by sunset. Bernasconi entrance is open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Here are some guidelines for people visiting Lake Perris State Recreation Area.
What is open now?
Lake Perris SRA is open to the following activities:
- Park open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (vessels need to be off the water by 8:30 p.m.); Bernasconi Day-use open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Campground will open June 22. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of arrival date.
- Swim beaches with daily lifeguard service.
- Perris swim beach lot 1 and 4 and Moreno Swim beach lot 9 and 10.
- PWC, Jet Ski’s, Ski Boats, Fishing Boats, Kayaks, Sail Vessels, Float Tubes, SUP are allowed. Vessel capacity on the lake will be capped at 350 vessels
- Use of picnic tables and umbrellas, coolers, and picnics. These activities must be limited to a single household and must distance themselves away from other picnic small family gatherings.
- Equestrian, Biking, Hiking, Shore Fishing, and Rock Climbing.
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
- Perris swim beach lot 2 and 3 will remain closed to ensure social distancing space on the beach.
- Moreno Swim beach lot 8 and 12 will remain closed to ensure social distancing space on the beach.
- Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
- Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
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Lake Perris wishes to remind everyone of California's new law requiring boat operators to have a California Boating Card. The card is required for anyone under the age of 36 to operate a boat in California's waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well. http://californiaboatercard.com/
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 and may be turned away from the park. Please ensure your vessel is cleaned of vegetation and organic material, drained of any and all standing water (including the outdrive and live wells), and completely dry. Any amount of water found may constitute a failure. We do not want you to fail this free inspection! Please learn more by visiting Lake Perris Quagga Inspection Information
Did you know that Lake Perris brings educational ADVENTURES directly to your home?
We offer professional, engaging, and fun park videos on our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram (@lakeperrissra) pages!
Adventures include: Virtual Hikes, Lectures, Jr Ranger Programs, and the popular "Lake Perris Adventures" series!
About Lake Perris
"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..."
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 retention when encountering 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.
Provided to Lake Perris SRA by a generous grant from the Supporters of Wildwood Canyon State Park
Lake Perris is pleased to offer a new fun and educational game to visitors, Agents of Discovery! Download the app, and prepare your family for a great time hiking while learning about the natural wonder of Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Questions?; Download the FAQ and Info document HERE or contact the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum (951) 940-5657.
Begin your journey in Parking Lot 8 and follow the bike path east towards Lot 9 to explore the diverse habitats of the park. This is an easy and flat route.
Pick up your badge at the on-site Yai'Heki' Regional Indian Museum on Fridays from 10am-2pm, or Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.