Lake  Perris               

Kayaking Lake Perris 
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Lake Perris Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Area Map #20   Miles of Shoreline: 9 Lake Surface Acres: 2000 Elevation: 1550’  Address: 17801 Lake Perris Drive Perris, CA 92571 Ph:951 940-5603 or 951-657-0676     

Paddle Notes: Lake Perris is similar to Lake Elsinore in many ways. They are shaped sKayak Fishing Lake Perrissimilarly and are very popular lakes for power boating, jet and waterskiing. Because they are both located in extremely hot regions, I would recommend paddling these lakes during the spring or early fall. Both lakes allow all types of boating recreation and each has a 5 m.p.h. buoy zone around the perimeter of the lake.

A few differences are: Lake Perris provides more shady shoreline pullout access locations; it is not as large as Lake Elsinore; there is a bicycle and horseback riding trail around the entire lake; and Lake Perris has a small island to explore in the middle of the lake. All boats, including kayaks and canoes, must travel in a counter clock-wise direction.

 Lake Perris is surrounded by rocky foothills which have a vast amount of wildlife. In addition to the abundant wildlife,. birdwatchers will find  over 300 species of birds at Lake Perris. Around Lake Perris has miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding.

Kayak Fishing: Lake Perris boosts excellent kayak fishing opportunities throughout the entire year for striped, Alabama and largemouth bass, carp, sunfish, bull and channel catfish. It also offers a good population of rainbow trout which the Department of Fish and Game stocks regularly during the wintertime.

The limit for all species is five fish per person per day. For recorded trout plant information call Ph: 562 594-7268 or you can call the marina for a recent fish report at Ph: 909 657-2179. Fishing is permitted from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. during the summer and from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the winter. The best fishing action is near the dam of on the back side of the island.

Kayaking Lake Perris

Wind & Weather Conditions: The summer daytime high air temperature can easily top 100 degrees. The rainy months are from November to April. Santa Ana wind conditions bring on strong gusty winds. There is occasional morning fog and choppy waters from the speedboat and jet ski traffic, especially on summer weekends. The average water temperature is about 70° degrees. Kayaks will be inspected for quagga and zebra mussels. Only clean, drain, and dry kayaks will be accepted for inspection.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 66  680 70 77 83 92 98 98 03 84 74 68
Low 36 38 41 44 50 54 59 60 57 49 40 34

Terrain: Lake Perris is located in a valley between rocky brush-covered foothills at  1,560 feet elevation.  This unique destination offers a variety of landscape scenery to explore. A dam covers the entire western shore of the lake. The northern shore has a large white sandy beach swimming area and a shady picnic area. The campground only has a few shady site, and it can get extremely hot in the summer months. The southeastern shore has a number of day use boat-in picnic sites.

SUP Boarding Lake Perris

Off to the eastern side of the lake is an island which presently has a 5 m.p.h buoy area around entire island, and section of the lake, due to the lake’s low water level condition.

The 5 m.p.h section is the perfect location for novice paddlers to explore, but be on the lookout for rattlesnakes and fish hooks when pulling your craft onto the island’s shore. It is will take approximately two to three years, followed by construction work before the project is completed and the water level is increased.

Open:  Lake Perris SRA will inspect all vessels for Quagga Mussels prior to entering the park. The lake is open daily all year from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 7th - March 13th, and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 13th - November 7th. Your kayak must be off the water at that time. The campground Canoeing Lake Perrisis open year-round. There is a 35 m.p.h. boat speed limit and 5 m.p.h. within 200 hundred feet the shore on Lake Perris.

Jet skis and powerboats need boat reservations for day use on the weekends beginning in May to September. NOTE: Kayaks and canoes do not require boat reservations.

Fees:  There is a day use, launch, and fee to camp.

Facilities: There are almost 300 picnic areas and 2 swimming  beaches. The beaches have lifeguards on duty from spring until fall.  There are showers, and restrooms available.. Lake Perris has 2 paved 4 lane boat launch ramps, a full-service marina, a store, and boat rentals. Recreational activities include windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, jet and waterskiing, sailing, fishing, power boating, swimming, kayaking, and a bicycling, hiking and horseback riding trail around the entire lake.  Marina Boat Rentals Ph 951 657-2179  

Directions: From the city of Riverside, take Interstate 215 south. Exit Ramona Expressway heading east. Turn left on Lake Perris Drive to reach the lake entrance. Map

Lake Perris Kayaking



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