Diamond Valley Reservoir
Diamond Valley Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Diamond Valley Reservoir, located near Hemet, was created by building long dams at the mouths of two valleys that drain off the north end of Black Mountain. The dams block off the Diamond and Domenigoni valleys to create 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.
This lake reminds me of Lake Elsinore, except Lake Elsinore has more scenery. It doesn't offer much in the way of scenery to enjoy around its 21 miles of shoreline. Hiking and biking is another way to enjoy lake and mountain vistas of Diamond Valley Reservoir but start early, and bring plenty of water.
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 as soon as the reservoir was deep enough to support the fish. . The reservoir spans more than 4 miles in length and 2 miles in width, can handle hundreds of additional boats and fishing pressure..
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.