Metropolitan Water District Reservoirs
(Diamond Valley Lake & Lake Skinner)
Valley Wide Kayak Club successfully
lobbied The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to get
kayaking approved on their
The following items are required to kayak on Metropolotan Reservoirs: whistle, flashlight, signling flag, and life jacket (PFD).
DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE
The lake is 4 ½ miles long, 2
miles wide, with an average depth of 200’. It is excellent for
the paddler who likes to paddle long distances and for kayak fishermen. All kayaks must be inspected to enter the lake. Inspections are from
6:15 am to 4:45 pm. daily at the entrance to the east marina.
that pass inspection receive a sticker, which means you won't have to
be inspected again. Kayaks must be sit-inside, and 10’ or longer. No sit on tops are allowed. Rates: $7 for entrance/parking,
$12 boat launch, $3 fishing.
Location: Hemet, CA (Domenigoni Pkwy turn south onto Searl Pkwy, then turn right onto Angler Ave. and continue to the East Marina.
Diamond Valley Lake
The abundant wildlife along the shores offers Southern California's
paddler's an opportunity to explore a new waterway, while experiencing
the natural setting Lake Skinner has to offer. The north shore of Lake
Skinner borders the Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve, which connects
Lake Skinner to Diamond Valley Lake. The same rules apply for kayaks as Diamond Valley Lake (they need to
be inspected and must be sit in side and 10 or longer). Kayaks also need to be inspected after getting off the water at Lake Skinner for quagga mussels.
|Camping at Lake Skinner: 41 developed campsites, 18 developed equestrian campsites
with electricity, 178 full hookups(water, elctric, sewer). Reservations are recommended http://www.rivcoparks.org/reservations/camping-reservations/. Splash Pad (open Memorial Day weekend
through the third weekend in September), 2 launch ramps (use launch ramp # 2 for kayak launching, equestrian
trails, group picnic area, hiking/interpretive
trails, boat rental, camp store, dry storage area.
|Location: 37701 Warren Road, Winchester, CA (from Hemet, go south on Winchester Road, turn left onto Washington, continue to Borel Road, turn left onto Warren Road)
|Hours: 6 a.m. to dusk.
Fees: Day use: $6.00 per car (car must have a seat belt for each person)
Camping: $12-$26; Fishing: $4, age 16 and up; $2, age 5 to 16. Launch fee: $2.
(951) 926-1541 (General Information)
(800) 234-7275 (Campground & Reservations)
(951) 926-1505 (Boat rental & Concessions)
(951) 926-3046 (Ranger Station)
For more information go to http://www.rivcoparks.org/parks/lake-skinner/lake-skinner-home/
Lake Perris is located in Perris, CA (about 25 minutes from Hemet).
Lake Perris Web Site
|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.
There are no restrictions as to what type of kayak can be used at Lake Perris.
The Valley Wide Kayak Club often uses Lake Perris for safety/rescue training courses.
Entry Fee: $10.00 per vehicle. NO FEE for launching a kayak.
lake is open for boating from 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM.
All vessels entering Lake Perris will
be inspected for standing water and Quagga mussels.
All vessels including kayaks must be off the water by dusk.