Diamond Valley Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #21 Miles of Shoreline: 21.8 Reservoir Surface Acres: 4500 Elevation: 1737’ Address: 2615 Angler Avenue Hemet, CA 92545 Ph: 951 926-7201
Paddle Notes: Diamond Valley Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Southern California. Its capacity is more than six times that of Lake Perris. Diamond Valley Reservoir can handle about 300 boats at one time but with ongoing drought and lack of recreational development, it rarely reaches that traffic level. Swimming and personal watercrafts are not allowed on Diamond Valley Reservoir.
Kayak Fishing: Chances are that if you are heading to Diamond Valley Reservoir, you are doing so to fish. The Department of Fish and Game started stocking the reservoir with the best largemouth bass it could find as soon as the reservoir was deep enough to support the fish. The reservoir opened to fishing in October 2003. Growth of lake fish populations has been unmatched so Diamond Valley Reservoir has quickly become a premier fishing spot for bass and trout in Southern California. In addition to largemouth bass and rainbow trout, the reservoir is home to blue gill, catfish, crappie, pan fish, smallmouth bass, and striped bass. The record largemouth bass, reeled in back in 2007, weighed in at more than sixteen pounds. If you area hoping to catch a rainbow trout you can bank on a six-to-ten-pound fish. Hiking and biking is another way to enjoy lake and mountain vistas of Diamond Valley Reservoir.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The reservoir provides a reliable supply of water to the eighteen million people in Southern California. No water body contact is allowed. Temperature in the early spring are in the 60’s in the morning and rising to the high 80’s in the afternoon. There is a lack of shade, and trees around the reservoir, and in the launch area to escape the scorching sun, when the temperature soars into the upper 90s and low 100s during the summer months.
Terrain: Diamond Valley Reservoir sits in the middle of a wilderness. It is four-and-a-half miles long, and two miles wide. While the reservoir and the surrounding hills are known for the spectacular wildflower blooms each spring, during the summertime the hills dry out and turn brown.
Open: The reservoir opens at sunrise and close at sunset. All boats need to be off the water one hour before the posted closing time. The speed limit for all watercraft on Diamond Valley Reservoir is 25 m.p.h. The maximum speed for boats within 200 feet of the shore, dams, other operational structures and in marina areas is 5 m.p.h.
Fees: There’s a fee to park, to camp, to launch and to fish.
Lake Facilities: Swimming and personal watercrafts are not allowed on Diamond Valley Lake. Kayaks that meet lake guidelines for quagga/zebra mussel prevention are permitted to launch as long as the water level is high enough for launching from the docks. Due to water quality issues, sit-on-top kayaks are not allowed. Kayaks and canoes must be at least ten feet long, non-bailing and have seating for all passengers. All kayaks must be registered to enter the lake. Inspections are from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily at the Searl Parkway entrance to the east marina. This is the first gate once you turn off of Domenigoni Parkway. Boats that pass inspection receive a sticker, which means you won’t have to be inspected again, Pets are not allowed. There is a children's play area. Residential development is planned in the lake area, including restaurants and shops.
Resources: Diamond Valley Lake Marina 2615 Angler Avenue Hemet, Calif. 92545 Ph: 951 926-7201
Lake Directions: From the city of Hemet, off of State Street, head south three-point-three miles. Turn left at Domenigoni Parkway. Drive 1.3 miles. Turn left on Searl Parkway. Drive point-four miles to the marina entrance. Map
Diamond Valley Reservoir Camping Information
Campground: There aren’t any camping facilities at Diamond Valley Reservoir. Camping by permit is available at Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness Park.
Most of Mount San Jacinto State Park is wilderness, containing three mountain peaks, higher than 10,000 feet in elevation. The mountain's high point offer spectacular views of nearby desert and mountain ranges. Visitors can ride into the park from the park's west side or ride a tram 2.5 miles up the mountain. Hikers and backpackers need wilderness permits.
Stone Creek and Idyllwild are separate campgrounds. Idyllwild is within walking distance of the town of Idyllwild, and Stone Creek is 6 miles north on Hwy 243.
Campground Facilities: Fire Rings, fishing (nearby), Hhking trails, nature trails, picnic tables, restrooms, and showers at Idyllwild.