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USA-Lake Perris Recreation Area, Hemet, California


Lake Perris State Recreation Area has 8,800 acres of broad valley, fringed by low ridges. It is home to Bernasconi Hills Russell Mountains. You can view the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, snow-capped in winter months, in the distance. It is also rich in a variety of wildlife.In the middle of the lake there is a rocky island.


Lake Perris is 65 miles south of Los Angeles and 11 miles southeast of the city of Riverside, Visitors enjoy clean white beaches, blue water and magnificent views. Activities in this popular park include fishing, water sports, bird watching, hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, and visiting the Ya’i Heki’ (pronounced yahee ehkey) Regional Indian Museum.

The lake is 3 miles long and 2 miles across with about 10 miles of accessible shoreline. The lake elevation is 1,560 feet and the average water temperature is about 70° degrees.

WEATHER Summers are hot and arid and temperatures can climb to 100, so carry plenty of water. Rains fall in winter, bringing cool weather.

DIRECTIONS From the Pomona Freeway (60), a few miles east of its intersection with I-215, exit on Moreno Beach Drive and proceed 4 miles to the park. From the parking kiosk, turn into the parking lot of the Regional Indian Museum or the first available parking lot. A visit to the Ya’i Hek’i Regional Indian Museum is a great way to kick off the hike, as the trailhead is located at the western edge of the parking lot.

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