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 reservoirs. The following items are
required to kayak on Metropolitan
Reservoirs: whistle, flashlight, signling flag, and life jacket (PFD).
DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE
Diamond Valley Lake
Kayaks must be sit-inside, and
10’ or longer. No sit on tops are allowed. Kayaks also need
to be inspected after getting off the water at Lake Skinner for
quagga mussels. 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 kayak long distances and for kayak fishermen. All
kayaks must be inspected for quagga mussels before entering lake..
Inspections are from 6:15 am to 4:45 pm. daily at the entrance
to the east marina. Location: Hemet, CA (Domenigoni Pkwy turn
south onto Searl Pkwy, then turn right onto Angler Ave. and continue
to the East Marina.
The same rules apply for kayaks
as Diamond Valley Lake. Only sit-inside kayaks 10' or longer are
allowed on Lake Skinner.. Kayaks also need to be inspected
after getting off the water at Lake Skinner for Quagga Mussels.
Lake Skinner's water comes from the Colorado River which
has Quagga Mussels. 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
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.
(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
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 to practice rescue training. In 2018, the dam was
reinforced by Metropolitan Water District of So. California. As
of March, 2019, the lake is very full and quite beautiful. VWKC
offers monthly day trips to paddle 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. 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.
Entry Fee: $10.00 per vehicle includes everyone
in vehicle. NO FEE for launching a kayak. People 62
and over can buy
a yearly State Park pass for $20 at the entrance to the Lake Skinner
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.