Local Lakes
Hemet/San Jacinto

Lake Hemet's website says, Only "sit-on-top" kayaks are permitted on Lake Hemet.
That is not completely true.
Here are the details.

Sit Inside Kayak Rules
To kayak on Lake Hemet with a sit-inside kayak you must pass a safety training course offered through Aqua Adventures or any other certified safety training kayak facility.  Please see the safety page (bottom portion) for information about safety training certification. The rules also require a sit-inside kayak to be at least 10 feet in length.

Sit-On-Top Kayak Rules
You can kayak at Lake Hemet without taking a rescue certification course as long as you use a sit-on-top kayak. You can bring your own sit-on-top or rent a sit-on-top at Lake Hemet. For rental rates go to http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing.php
General Rules for both Sit-Inside and Sit-On-Top kayaks
Children less than five years of age may not be in kayaks; those five to twelveyears of age may paddle only as passengers in tandem kayaks, while those twelve to fifteen years of age may pilot single kayaks under a parent's supervision. The minimum age for unsupervised kayakers is sixteen years.
For more information go to www.lakehemet.org or call Lake Hemet at (951) 659-2680

Gate fees and launch fees for Lake Hemet
Gate Fee: $12.00
Launch Fee: $10.00 per day, $60.00 per week

The Valley Wide Kayak Club has secured a drastically reduced price for kayakers.  You can purchase a card at Lake Hemet for $50 that will allow you in the gate and also up to 6 launches of a kayak. Each time you launch a kayak your card will get punched.  The card is good for 6 punches.  You could enter the gate and launch one kayak 6 separate days.  Or you could enter the gate and launch two kayaks on three separate days.  The 6 uses are for launching your kayak and they also include the gate fee with the launch of a kayak.  This comes out to $8.33 for 6 trips.  Normal rate is $22.00 for one day (gate & launch fee). Only a few $50 passes are still available. Call for availability.


Lake Hemet


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 Metropolotan Reservoirs: whistle, flashlight, signling flag, and life jacket (PFD).


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. Boats 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.
For information, call DVL Marina Office, (951) 926-7201
For more info on Diamond Valley Lake go to http://www.dvlake.com or http://www.dvmarina.com
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.
Contact info:
(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.

                           The lake is open for boating from 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM.
vessels entering Lake Perris will be inspected for standing water and Quagga mussels.

All vessels including kayaks must be off the water by dusk.         



Contact : info@valleywidekayakclub.org