Hemet Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Lake Hemet is surrounded by towering pines, Manzanita, sage, giant oaks and the San Jacinto Mountains. Remember to pack a camera and keep an out for eagles soaring above and around the lake. There are also plenty of Red Hawks throughout the forest and campground.
Lake Hemet provides paddling, camping, and kayak fishing opportunities year round. The lake now allows sit on top kayaks to launch but you are only allowed to launch from Marina Cove. Prior non water body contact safety training cards had be shown to campground personnel upon arrival at Lake Hemet.
Trout and catfish are the primary attraction although Lake Hemet holds a fair population of bluegill and bass as well. Rainbow trout are stocked year-round. During the summertime, they like to congregate in the deeper holes near the dam. There are also some Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill here. You may fish at night on the shoreline of Lake Hemet. No watercraft is allowed on the lake past 4:30 p.m. during the winter months, and past 6:00 p.m. during the summer months.
Open: The lake is open all year. Summer hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. April through September. In the wintertime from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. on Friday) 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit.
Fees: There is a day use, launch, and camping fee.
Lake Facilities: The lake’s facilities consist of picnic areas, horseshoe pits, a launch ramp, rental boats, row and motor boats, a kid’s playground and hiking trails. There is a general store for boat and tackle and supplies. Swimming and wading are prohibited. Boating is limited to fishing boats, kayaks and canoes. NOTE: The lake’s rules require kayaks of at least ten feet in length. Sit-on-tops or inflatable kayaks are now allowed. Children under five years may not be in kayaks, those five to eleven may paddle only as passengers in tandem kayaks, while those twelve to fifteen years of age may paddle single kayaks under a parent’s supervision. The minimum age for unsupervised kayakers is sixteen years.