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Locations: Lake Perris

Scenic view of Lake Perris at twilight rock climbers climbing Horseback riding Fishermen fishing off a pier at dusk Father and sons grilling at campsite

Lake Perris is the southernmost reservoir of the SWP. Lake Perris provides water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation in northwestern Riverside County. It is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the SWP system.

Directions: Located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215.

Activities: picnicking, swimming, horseback riding, sailing, power boating, camping, water skiing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, hunting and rock climbing

More Information: The Lake Perris State Recreation Area is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, 17801 Lake Perris Drive; Perris, CA 92571; (909) 657-0676.


Lake Perris was the first lake in Southern California to be stocked with Alabama spotted bass. Other planted fish include rainbow trout, channel catfish, and Florida bluegill.

The lake offers many scenic trails for equestrians. Areas suitable for rock climbing are available south of the dam.

Alessandro Island, within Lake Perris, is a day-use, boat-in-only area and has picnic tables with cooking grills. The island is accessible only by boat.