Lake Skinner Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Lake Skinner Recreational Area offers visitors an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, including kayaking, canoeing, camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, and fishing. Lake Skinner is located in Riverside County near the city of Temecula. Vineyards line the roads on the way to Lake Skinner. The scenic splendor of the lake will captivate all who take the time to paddle around its twelve miles of shoreline.
Nature lovers will enjoy many miles of well-maintained hiking trails, picturesque picnic sites, and everything from primitive campgrounds to trailer friendly campsites. The incredible views are well worth the drive. There is a lot of water craft on the water during the summer months.
Lake Skinner is a superb 'fishing honey hole'. It has been renowned for both largemouth bass and catfish action. Smallmouth and, largemouth bass, channel cats, sunfish and crappie are is enjoyed year round except for posted areas. A visit here to check out the fishing is time well-spent.
Open: The park gate closes at 10:00 p.m., and opens at 6:00 a.m. All boats need to be off the water by 7:00 p.m. The boat speed limit for all watercraft on Lake Skinner is 10 m.p.h. The maximum speed within one hundred feet of the shore, dams, other operational structures and in marina areas is 5 m.p.h. The equestrian trail is closed each year from December 1st through May 19th for environmental protection. Fees: There is a fee to launch, a day use, camping, pet and fishing fee.
Lake Facilities: No water body contact allowed, but there is a swimming pool, with 150 capacity at a time. Only sit-in kayaks are allowed. (Sit-on-top kayaks and SUP boards are not allowed.) Kayaks must be at least 10 feet long, non-bailing, and with seating for all passengers inside the boat. Private boats are allowed but there are some restrictions due to the Quagga Mussel infestation.
Fishing, hiking, bird-watching, boating, and swimming are all some of Lake Skinner’s favorite offerings. Lake Skinner offers shade structures, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, an on-site caterer, and some of the best views around. Space is also available for group events, such as company picnics, reunions and club functions. Alcohol is not be permitted on boats. Two shade shelters and picnic benches and barbecues throughout the park for picnics and other gatherings.