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Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(951) 940-5600

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

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

Driving Directions to Lake Perris SRA

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

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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.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps


Lake Perris SRA is 100% booked for camping for Labor Day weekend 2016. There are no walk-in sites available. Day Use and Boating will be First-Come First Serve all weekend. It's going to be hot here in our desert, so bring plenty of water, shade, and sunscreen.

Boaters: Due to the drought, we have only one boat launch ramp working so lines to get on or off of the water are long! Delay can be reduced if boaters spend as little time on the dock as possible

When launching: get all of your boating and fishing gear into the boat prior to launch, don't refuel at the dock, etc.
When coming off of the water: get your boat out of the water and return to the parking lot before you get your gear out of the vessel.

The less time each boater spends at the ramp and the dock, the faster the lines will move for everyone.

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New exhibit at our Museum from the Smithsonian!

On Saturday, August 15 Lake Perris State Recreation Area will be showcasing a new exhibit that is on loan from the Smithsonian at our YA'I HEKI' Regional Indian Museum.


This exhibition — the first of its kind devoted to indigenous science — provides a Native perspective on global climate change. Through photographs, video, and audio of tribal communities from the Arctic to Brazil, this exhibition reveals the environmental impact of pollution, including imposed mitigation and its consequences on local livelihoods

Activities for Kids!

The Museum has weekend workshops for the kids, Campfire Programs, and a Junior Ranger program available this summer. For more information, please visit this link. We can't wait to see you!

Attention Boaters (Information in order to Launch at Lake Perris)

Quagga Inspection:

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! Please click the links below for more information on quagga mussels and details on how you can ensure your vessel will pass.

Quagga Information Video

Quagga Inspection Guidelines

Volunteers Wanted:

Lake Perris is always seeking volunteers to work as Camp Hosts or Museum Docents. Contact the park office at (951) 940-5600 for more information.

Firewood Notice:

Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer spreading throughout San Diego County and into Riverside County, no oak firewood will be allowed into Lake Perris SRA. Wood can be purchased inside the park. Other species of firewood, such as pine or eucalyptus, is still allowed. For more information, contact park staff at (951) 940-5600.

A notice about the grass and use of water toys at Lake Perris

Due to the ongoing drought, and the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency, Lake Perris has been required to stop irrigating all grass areas until further notice. Grass at the Day Use and Group Picnic areas is dead and brown.

Also due to the ongoing drought, the park will not allow visitors to bring and use water toys including, but not limited to, swimming pools, wading pools, water slides, slip-and-slides, sprinkler toys, dunk tanks, etc.

Please be water wise. Do not waste water.

Update on Dam Construction and Water Levels:

There has been a lot of concern over the status of the water level and the dam construction project. For the most recent updates, please visit our own Lake Concerns page. Updated: 4-16-15

For more information on the dam remediation project please visit the California Department of Water Resources at the Perris Dam Remediation Program site.

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