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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Perris

Frequently Asked Reservation Questions:


How Do Reservations Work?

Family Camping reservations are not made through the State Park.  These reservations are made through a company called Reserve America, who has a contract with the State of California to handle the reservations for the State Park System as well as numerous parks in the United States and Canada.

Reservations can be made with a credit card from 2 days to 7 months in advance.  The Reserve America Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (pst) on the first of each month.
March 2nd- Sept. 30th:  8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7 days a week
Oct 2nd - Feb 28th:  Monday-Friday 9 a.m- 5 p.m,  Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m

1-800-444-7275
(TDD: 1-800-274-7275)

Reserve America charges a $8.00 non-refundable reservation fee.

In the busy and hectic summer weekends and holidays reservations are the best way to assure yourself a campsite.  You will be charged up-front for the number of days you intend to stay at the park.

What is a Hook-up Site?: These sites are known as 31 foot Standard Hookup sites on Reserve America. They have water and electrical hookups. We do not provide sewer hookups but there is a dump station inside the campground. Dumping blackwater in the grey line will only clog the line.

The paved area of the site is 31 feet long and 31 feet wide. We ask that you park normally in your site. If you park sideways then you may not be able to vacate your site if there are other RV's parked on either side of you.

RVs must not hang out of their site and hinder the flow of traffic within the camping loop.

We allow tents on the hook-up sites but you will not find the same seclusion here as in the non-hookup sites.

What is a Non-Hookup Site?: Known as the 31 foot Standard Developed site on Reserve America, these sites only have access to water. There are no electrical hookups here.

The paved area here is roughly 30 feet long but only one car length wide. Trailers and RVs are allowed but may have difficulty maneuvering.

Vehicles must not hang out into the road way and hinder the flow of traffic. Vehicles may not be parked on the dirt.

Can I Reserve Both of My Sites Side By Side?:  When you make a reservation at Reserve America then you are making a reservation for a specific site number so be sure to specify that you want them side by side. At our parks there are some sites that are side by side but the numbers will not be consecutive. Example: RV sites 120 and 122 are side by side. Be sure to pay attention to the campground map when making reservations. Site changes will not be allowed during the summer months.

My Reservation Said That I Paid For THREE Vehicles: Reserve America only asks you to estimate the number of vehicles that will be in your site, they do not charge the fees for extra vehicles and watercraft. 

Campsite fees include 1 vehicle and 1 tow (car, 5th wheel, or trailer) that is actively towed when it enters the park. Any vehicles (up to the maximum of three per site) will pay full use fees for each day they are at the park. The tow is not charged but counts as a vehicle in the site. Boats and Personal Water Craft are charged their daily fees but do not count against the number of vehicles in the site, each trailer does.

What Are The Fees?: 
Park Fees and Pass Information
Family and Horse Camp Fees
Group Camp and Picnic Fees
Water Craft Information

Where Do I Call to Make Reservations?:

Camping:  Reserve America: 1-800-444-7275 (1-800-444-PARK)
Cancellation: 1-800-695-2269

Picnicking: Regular Picnicking Areas are available to the public on a First-Come First-Serve basis. There are 2 beach picnic sites in lot 3 that can accommodate up to 50 people each. These can be reserved, or rented on the same day, at the campground kiosk like other group sites.

Group Camp and Group Picnic: You must make Group Camp and Group Picnic reservations in person or through the mail. They can not be reserved over the phone and reservations are made on a First-Come First-Serve basis. In Person reservations take priority over Mailed reservations and payment must be in full.

Horse Camp: You must make Horse Camp reservations in person or through the mail. They can not be reserved over the phone and reservations are made on a First-Come First-Serve basis. In Person reservations take priority over Mailed reservations and payment must be in full.

Can I Call the Park Directly to Make My Reservation for Camping?:  Reservations can not be made by calling the park directly. You need to call Reserve America or use their Online system.

How Do I Make Reservations Online?: You need to go to www.ReserveAmerica.com

Reserve America does allow customers the option of making their reservations online, and there is a rough map of how our campground is constructed, which is a great way for you to know how to find your way around the campground even before you get here!  The Online Reservation system is updated every half hour.  Since reservations must be made 2 days in advance, those two days before your arrival may not be accurate since all sites that are not booked before that two day mark will be on a first come first serve basis.

What if I Need to Cancel My Reservation or I Want to Leave Early? Can I Get A Refund?:  Cancellations may be made prior to check in time on the day of arrival, if you made reservations online you can cancel online.  If you made reservations over the phone you must cancel over the phone.  To cancel a reservation after that time, call Lake Perris directly. There is a $8.00 fee to cancel until 5 p.m the day before your arrival.  After that time you will also be charged one night's use fee.  All fees are for each site reserved.  Accepting responsibility for these fees must be agreed to online before the website will allow a reservation to be completed.

If you have reserved a number of days for camping and you have to leave the park permanently earlier than expected, be sure to check out at the Campground Kiosk.  If we are informed of your permanent early departure and collect your vehicle Campground Tags, then we can inform Reserve America of your early check-out and you may be entitled to a refund for the days that you did not use, however, you will be subject to the same fees as for a late cancellation.

Can I tow an innertube behind my boat?  YES!!!!!!!    The rules have been changed and you can now tow an inflatable.  Riders must wear a coast guard approved life jacket and the vessel must have a spotter with an orange flag observing the riders.  The spotter can not be the driver of the vessel and must be over 16 years old.