Campfire Programs

State Parks will continue to use a monitor and adapt strategy to meet any new guidance it may receive from local and state public health officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly, especially for the elderly, immune-compromised and the unvaccinated.

Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

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of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick

Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.

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Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at

State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the

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California Department of Public Health

: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.

: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.

Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

Lake Perris is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Last boat launch is at 5:30pm; all vessels have to be off the lake by 7:30 PM. Vessels without running light need to be off the lake by sunset. Bernasconi entrance is open 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Dogs not allowed on unpaved trails and on the sand (beach areas) because the water is used for municipal drinking water, and not allowed on Allesandro Island or the Bernasconi Beach area. Dog may go on your boat, but can NOT have any body contact with the water at any time.

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date based on availability and the parks maximum stay rules.


The Same Same but Different Festival is happening this week at Lake Perris through Tuesday. This 4 day music festival has been sold out for months and will be occupying the entire west side of the park from the Perris entrance to Launch ramp 6. Closed areas include the dam, fishermans lot, sail cove, moreno swim beach, lots 1-4, the old marina lot and launch ramp 5. These areas are closed starting Wednesday, Sept 8th and can only be accessed with festival credentials.

The east side of the park is open to the public. Launch ramp 6 and 7 will be open for public launching as well as Moreno swim beach (lot 8) and lot 11-14. Hunters lot, bernasconi and the campground are also openWELCOME TO LAKE PERRIS SRA

Lake Perriswishes to remind everyone of Californias new law requiring boat operators to have a California Boating Card. The card is required for all persons age 40 and under to operate a boat in Californias waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well.

All vessels entering Lake Perris SRA will be inspected for standing water and quagga mussels. Vessels that fail inspectionwill notbe allowed to launch and may beturned away from the park. Please ensure your vessel is cleaned of vegetation and organic material,drained of any and all standing water (including the outdrive and live wells), andcompletely dry. Any amount of water found may constitute a failure.We do not want you to fail this free inspection!Please learn more by visitingLake Perris Quagga Inspection Information

Did you know that Lake Perris brings educational ADVENTURES directly to your home?We offer professional, engaging, and fun park videos on ourYouTubeFacebook, andInstagram(@lakeperrissra)pages!Adventures include: Virtual Hikes, Lectures, Jr Ranger Programs, and the popular Lake Perris Adventures series!

The untended areas of Lake Perris may seem rocky and barren at first glance, but an amazing variety of natural wonders are waiting to be found by those who seek them out. The predominant plant community, coastal sage scrub, is home to a variety of birds and wildlife. Mule deer, roadrunners,bobcats, coyotes, cotton tail, jack rabbits, quail, gopher snakes, and rattlesnakes may sometimes be seen by day, though they tend to shy away from people. More frequently seen are a wide variety of lizards, rodents, water fowl, and birds of prey. Beautiful displays of wildflowers occur during the rainy season- generally November through April.

Lake Perris is ringed by various hills and small mountains. The coastal sage scrub community is predominant on the south-facing slopes of the Russell Mountains and Bernasconi Hills and is characterized by shrubby plants including desert encelia, brittlebush, sagebrush, black sage, white sage, buckwheat, and cacti. Conditions are somewhat shadier on hillsides that face north or northwest so that chaparral plants such as chamise, penstemon, and–caution!–poison oak are apt to be found. Remnants of the original perennial grasses that once flourished in this region can still be found in the flat interior of the park surrounding the lake, but the majority of plants that now make up the valley grassland community (including Russian thistle) were imported from Europe by early settlers. Riparian areas near springs and seeps, and on east and south lakes include willows, cattails, elderberry and nettles.

Most plants and animals at Lake Perris are well adapted to the hot, dry environment. Chamise leaves are tiny and waxy to maximize water retention when encounteringevaporation. Some grasses and wildflowers rush from bloom to seed in just a few short weeks and are able therefore to complete their life cycle within the brief wet season. Kangaroo rats are so well adapted to dry environments that they seldom drink water, and manage to extract the moisture they need directly from their food. The plants and animals of Perris valley have changed considerably over the last two hundred years due to human activity, but the natural history of this area can still intrigue the observant visitor.

More than a hundred different 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. In addition, 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 waters edge.

Day and night, hawks and owls are frequently seen hunting for mice, moles, wood rats, and other rodents. These animals provide food not only for hawks, owls, and snakes, but also for coyotes, long-tailed weasels, skunks, badgers, and bobcats. 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.

Foryour safety, and the safety of the animals please do notharass orinteract with the wildlife andalwaystred carefully.

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General Information, Records requests, Special event information:

Kathy Bachafor special events, employment information, and all other inquires.

Stephanie Gutierrezfor record requests.

The Marina is closed and will be under construction until further notice. There are no rentals, slips, camp store ect.

Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer spreading throughout San Diego County and into Riverside County,nooak 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.

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