San Jacinto Valley Lakes

There are a variety of lakes to be found in and around the San Jacinto Valley.  Some are for fishing only, some are for boating.  Whatever your water passion, you’re sure to be satisfied with the variety of lakes found in the San Jacinto Valley area.

Diamond Valley Lake

Fishing at Diamond Valley Lake

Courtesy Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Diamond Valley Lake has two entrances. At the west entrance, where it costs to enter the lake area, visitors will find a boat ramp (open depending on the depth of the lake), access to the 21-mile lakeview trail (for bikes and hikers), and access to a shorter wildflower hiking trail and horse trail with outstanding views of the San Jacinto Valley. The fantastic, and free, Center for Water Education Museum sits just outside the West entrance next to the Western Center for Paleontology and the Diamond Valley Community Park and Aquatic Center. The eastern entrance is free and leads visitors to a beautiful view of the lake and valley. From the parking lot begins a very short and accessible trial that leads to a covered seating area and informational plaques.

Diamond Valley Lake Marina
2615 Angler Avenue
Hemet, Ca. 92545
(951) 926-7201


Lake Hemet

Lake Hemet is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. The scenery is breathtaking no matter which direction your gaze travels.Lake Hemet

Tall pines, Manzanita trees, sage, and giant oaks abound. Remember to pack a camera and binoculars, and keep a watchful eye, as the eagles are often seen soaring above and around the Campground. There are also plenty of Hawks soaring overhead throughout the forest and campground. Come and enjoy camping, fishing, boating and the breath-taking scenery all year round.

Lake Hemet Campground
56570 Highway 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561
(951) 659-2680

Little Lake

Little Lake

Little Lake is a five-acre facility located in East Hemet, California. Surrounded by citrus groves and eucalyptus, it’s a quintessential Inland Empire setting, and a beautiful place to catch trout, catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill. Although most folks come to take advantage of Little Lake’s great fishing, many visitors come simply for the serenity and natural beauty, and to walk the trail around the lake. It’s a great place for fishing and families! Little Lake is open for day use Wednesday through Sunday, and can be reserved for private group outings and fundraising events.

Little Lake
42625 Stetson Avenue
Hemet, Ca.  92544
(530) 526-7937


Lake Skinner

Nestled in the rolling hills of Winchester, CA, beautiful Lake Skinner Recreational Area offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, and fishing.Lake Skinner This popular regional park is located just a few short miles east of the Temecula Wineries, close to the bustling communities of Murrieta and Menifee, and within easy access of Interstates 15 and 215.

Lake Skinner
37701 Warren Road
Winchester, Ca 92596
(951) 926-1541


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. Lake Perris 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.

Lake Perris
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, Ca 92571
(951) 940-5600

Check-in begins 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Call 1-800-444-7275 for Reservations

Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake RV Park and Fishing Campground is near several recreational areas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well as a host of activities. The San Bernardino National Forest and Lake Perris State Recreational Area are ideal for hiking, swimming, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. There are also several public golf courses Reflection Lakein the area, as well as a handful of wineries that offer tours and tastings. The town of San Jacinto is very vibrant with a variety of shops and restaurants, and an exciting downtown area.

Reflection Lake
3440 Cottonwood Ave.
San Jacinto, Ca. 92582
(951) 654-7906

Hurkey Creek

Beautiful Hurkey Creek Park, located off of Hwy 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains just 4 miles southeast of Mountain Center, is the perfect locale for reconnecting with nature and our local mountain ecology.Hurkey Creek This idyllic getaway boasts a seasonal creek, majestic pine trees, awe-inspiring mountain views, and all the charms and tranquility of a classic woodland recreation area. Hurkey Creek is a popular destination for hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts and hosts two well-known mountain biking competitions each year.

Hurkey Creek
56375 California 74
Mountain Center, Ca 92561
(951) 659-2050




For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211