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
*** 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
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
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.
BOAT RENTALS & RULES:
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
The maximum lake speed limit is 35 mph.
You will need to follow all the rules