Lake Perris

The Lake Perris State Recreation Area is one of California’s most popular recreation destinations, with an average attendance of 1.1 million visitors per year.  Lake Perris Park is located about 65 miles south of Los Angeles; located 11 miles south of Riverside off Highway 60 or the I-215.  The lake is 3 miles long and 2 miles across with about 10 miles of accessible shoreline.  The lake elevation is 1,560 feet and the average water temperature is about 70° degrees. Lake Perris is surrounded by mountains which have a vast amount of wildlife for you to explore.

The Department of Water Resources has identified a potential seismic safety risk in a section of the foundation of the Lake Perris Dam.  There is no imminent threat to life or property, however in the interest of ensuring that maximum public safety is provided for those using and living downstream of the lake, the state determined that it was necessary to lower the water level while additional analysis were performed.

It is expected that design work, environmental documentation and permitting will take approximately two to three years, followed by construction work before the project is completed. 

*** During this time, Lake Perris Marina will be open to the public. ***
For more information please visit the Department of Water Resources.

For your convenience, there is a camp store, which carries ice, firewood, toys, and other general merchandise in case you left something behind on your vacation.  The store is open daily from 6am to 6pm.

On our marina you will find live bait, tackle, 35 overnight slip rentals, fishing boat and pontoon boat rentals, and fishing licenses. 

We also provide 200 monthly wet slip and 70 dry storage spaces so that you may store your vessel or trailer on location.

Lake Perris also has 2 paved boat launch ramps which have 4 lanes for your use. Around Lake Perris you will find guided tours, miles of paved and unpaved trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing areas (please climb at your own risk). Birdwatchers will find activity all year long as Lake Perris is a migratory stop for over 300 species of birds.  There are almost 300 picnic areas and 2 beaches to go swimming, scuba diving, and windsurfing.  In addition, the beaches have lifeguards on duty from spring until fall (we encourage all swimmers to swim in front of the lifeguards and parallel to the shoreline).  There are changing rooms, showers, and restrooms available for your use.  There is also a regional Indian Museum showing the rich Native American history of the Park.  For a complete list of activities at Lake Perris click here.

Lake Perris produces a variety of fish which continue to bite throughout the year. Anglers 16 years of age and older must purchase a California Department of Fish and Game fishing license. The limit for all species is five fish per person per day.  You may fish off the Lake Perris Marina dock for an additional fee:

$3 per Adult / $2 per Senior (+60) or Child under 12.
Dock fishing only during store hours

The Department of Fish and Game regularly stocks Lake Perris with Rainbow Trout during the winter months. You may also call (562) 594-7268 for pre-recorded trout plant information.

Other species of fish include Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass (rare), Bluegill, Red Ear Sunfish, Black Crappie, Carp, Channel Catfish and Bull Catfish.  You can call the marina for the most recent fish report.

For fishing regulations, visit the California Department of Fish & Game.

To rent a fishing boat or a pontoon boat, you must provide a valid drivers license, be at least 18 years of age, and have the deposit amount available by credit card.  All boat rental fees include fuel, personal flotation devices, paddles and an anchor. The maximum lake speed limit is 35 mph. You will need to follow all the rules posted

Boat Type Deposit
Minimum Each Add'l Hr
All Day
Small Boat
(4 person max)
$80 $30/ 2 hrs
Thurs $30 /3 hrs
$8/hr $80

Fishing Pontoon
(10 person max)

$250 $85/ 3 hrs $20/hr $225
Deluxe Pontoon
(10 person max)
$250 $100/ 3 hrs $25/hr $225
Kayak (single) $40 $10/ 1 hr $7/hr $38
Kayak (double) $40 $12/ 1 hr $9/hr $38
Overnight Storage  $20/per night (maximum stay 7 days)
Boat Storage Per Month Annual Discount
Wet Slip $100* $1,100**
Dry Storage $60* $660**
Wet Slip w/ Dry Storage $160* $1,580**


*A Minimum 3 month contract is required.  The start up contract can vary in price, depending on pro-rated days at time of contract.

**In January, an additional 10% discount is given to existing customers as a loyalty discount off the annual price if paid in full by February 1st.

All prices are subject to change without notice.

May – September Daily: 6am to 6pm
October – March Thursday-Monday: 7am to 5pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: Closed

The family campground has 167 sites for tent camping (non-hookup sites) and 264 paved sites for recreational vehicles up to 31 feet long (hookups sites).  Each site has a table, fire ring with a grill and water access. A maximum of 8 people per site only!

A minimum of 50 people constitutes as a group.  For family or group reservations please call (800) 444-7275.  Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and can be made up to 7 months in advance.  For more information on prices and rules for campsites click here.

Per Vehicle (9 persons or less per vehicle) $10
Per Watercraft (no fee for canoes and kayaks) $8
Per Vehicle Senior citizens 62 years and older $9
Per 1 Vehicle and 1 Watercraft $10
Per 1 Vehicle and 2 Watercrafts $26
Per Bus (10-24 passengers) $30
Per Bus (25 or more passengers) $60
Annual Vehicle Pass (per vehicle) $195
Golden Poppy Pass (per vehicle) $125
Annual Watercraft Pass (per watercraft) $100
Annual Day Use & Boat Use Pass $295
Poppy & Boat Use Pass $225

Rocky Mountain Recreation operates under a special use permit as a concessionaire for the Lake Perris State Recreation Park.  Rocky Mountain Recreation has no authority to override the above listed fees.

If you store your watercraft and/or trailer with Rocky Mountain Recreation, you will need to purchase an annual pass from the Lake Perris State Recreation Park.  For more information on Park entry fees and annual passes click here.

All Vessels must be on their trailer by designated lake hour time.  All vessels wanting to stay out past sunset must have navigational lights on and the lake speed limit is reduced to 5 mph.


Camping information and reservations:
(800) 444-7275.

Marina Store:
(951) 657-2179

Jet Ski Rentals:
Fun-2-Go (951) 657-3113

Bike Rentals:
Family Fun Bike Rentals (951) 760-3118

CA Fish & Game
Licenses Sold Here

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