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Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Lake Perris
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17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, California
33.8375 /-117.1400
Elevation:  1560 feet

Open 7 days a week, year round.

Summer Hours 

04-10 through 10-31
 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Watercraft off of the water by sunset.

Winter Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Lake Perris State Recreation Area is a reservoir that was completed in 1973. Situated in a mountain-rimmed valley between Moreno Valley, and Perris, it is the southern terminus of the California State Water Project.

The park offers a wide variety of activities including boating, swimming, camping, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, hiking, rock climbing and sailing. Because of this and the lake's proximity to major population centers, it is a very popular recreation destination during the summer months.


Lake Perris has hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. Rainy weather is limited almost completely to the months between November and April.

The area lies at a crossroads of weather influences. Coastal fog (and smog) comes from the west, while “Santa Anas”—strong, hot dry winds—come from the deserts to the east and northeast.

Things You May See..

More than a hundred 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. 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 prey. 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.


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Page last updated:
September 7, 2012