Lake Perris Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #20 Miles of Shoreline: 9 Lake Surface Acres: 2000 Elevation: 1564’ 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 similarly 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.
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.
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. Kayaks will be inspected for Quagga and Zebra Mussels. Only clean, drain, and dry kayaks will be accepted for inspection.
Terrain: Lake Perris is located in a valley between rocky brush-covered foothills. This two-and-a-half hour paddle 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. 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 Department of Water Resources has identified a potential seismic safety risk in a section of the foundation of the Lake Perris Dam and lowered the water level while additional analysis were performed. 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: 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 is 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 is a full-service marina, a store, boat rentals, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, jet and waterskiing, sailing, fishing, power boating, swimming, and a bicycling, hiking and horseback riding trail around the entire lake.
Resources: 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 Camping Information
Campground: Luiseno Campground Ph: 951 940-5605
Facilities: There are 164 tent and 264 RV sites with flush toilets, water, coin showers, and full hookups. Each site has a table, fire ring with a grill and water access. A maximum of 8 people per site.
Required: May to September
Check-in Time: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 noon
Minimum Stay: 3 nights on a holiday weekends.
Maximum Stay: 15 days summer, 30 days during the winter.
Reservations #: 800 444-7275