Lake Perris is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. All vessels have to be off the lake by 7:30 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
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community from COVID-19 by following these prevention measures while recreating in California’s State Park System:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick.
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Keep Your Distance – Avoid crowds. If there are too many people at a park or beach, please visit on a different day.
Wear a Mask – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Everyone: In indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.
What is open now?
- Lake Perris is open to day use and camping.
- Allowed activities include: Camping (Up to 8 persons per site), fishing, boat launch, boating, swimming, biking, picnicking, hiking, kayaking, float tubing, wind surfing, SUP, rock climbing, and equestrian.
- The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bernasconi day use entrance is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
- Park office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Friday
- Special events if the group size is consistent with State and Riverside County Public Health mandates for outdoor group gatherings.
What is currently closed?
- Regional Indian Museum, group picnics, and group camping.
- The Marina is under construction and is not open. There are no boat rentals or store in the park.
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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 all persons age 40 and under 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.