Lake Perris State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


Located about 65 miles south of Los Angeles and 11 miles southeast of Riverside, Lake Perris State Recreation Area is 8,000 acres of broad valley with clean, white beaches and enticing blue waters. The chaparral and river sage scrub area is the perfect habitat for raccoons, bobcats, deer and California quail. In addition, Lake Perris is the home of more than 100 species, such as roadrunners, bald eagles, loggerhead shrikes and more. 

The weather at Lake Perris State Recreation Area is hot and dry in summer with short, cool and moist winters.

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Spring 43-80 F
Summer 56-94 F
Fall 44-90 F
Winter 39-67 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Perris State Recreation Area

There are many camping options available in and around Lake Perris State Recreation Area, including both tents and RVs. If you're not someone who enjoys sleeping on the hard ground, perhaps you would prefer the comforts of an RV. If you don't have an RV of your own, consider renting from RVshare where you can select a rig that suits your individual needs. 

Lake Perris State Recreation Area has both family and horse campsites. The campground provides electricity and water hookups for paved RV sites. Since Lake Perris Recreation Area is a well-liked and popular place, both campgrounds can fill up quickly, so here are some alternative campground options.

Camper Resorts of America

Located between the communities of Riverside and Sun City, Camper Resorts of America is a 2.5-mile drive from Lake Perris State Recreation Area. The resort has well over 260 campsite spaces for all class sizes of RV. Here, you can play horseshoes, mini-golf and basketball as well as join in on the clubhouse activities. Guests have access to a swimming pool, spa and playground for active children and adults. Outside the park, you can go boating, sailing or water skiing.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: No

• Other amenities: RV dump station, RV storage, laundry facility, BBQ grill and picnic tables

Happy Camp Campground

Located in Canyon Lake, Happy Camp Campground offers beachfront camping with an amazing lake view. The camp features 55 RV sites that can house large RVs and is only a short 17-mile drive from Lake Perris. Other features include boat docks, a gas dock, a roped-off area for swimming and shaded picnic areas.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: No

• Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, horseshoe pits and RV dump station 

Wilderness Lake RV Resort

Located just 20 miles from Lake Perris, Wilderness Lake has 523 sites that include RV sites, cottages and cabins. Centrally located near hospitals, shopping and California highways, the resort has a lot of amenities, including a fitness center, tennis court, softball field, volleyball court and more. 

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Swimming pool, RV storage, laundry facilities, hot tub and more

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What to Do at
Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Lake Perris State Recreation Area is ringed by many hills and small mountains that offer more than a unique place for camping. It also gives outdoor enthusiasts a place to escape into the nature of the land. Many visitors come here to enjoy the scenic landscape, wildlife, nature and more.

Inside Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Picnicking – Lake Perris has about 300 picnic sites throughout the park. Some are shaded, but all have tables and grills to help make your picnic successful. The most popular areas are near Perris Beach and Moreno Beach.

Horseback riding – One of the perks of this park is that it has its own campground for horse owners and their horses. There are seven primitive horse campsites at Lake Perris separate from the family sites. Amenities include water troughs, corrals and chemical toilets. Each campsite can accommodate up to two horses and eight people. Horses are permitted on the trails that circle Lake Perris. Your horse is sure to love the outdoors, exercise and fresh air found at Lake Perris, so don't hesitate to bring them along. 

Swimming – There are two designated swimming areas at Moreno Beach and Perris Beach. No lifeguards are overseeing the beaches.

Boating – Lake Perris can accommodate up to 200 vessels daily. You are required to get a launch reservation due to the limited space on summer mornings.

Hiking and bicycling – The park has 9 miles of hiking and bicycling trails that circle the lake. Another great trail designated for hiking ascends to the top of Terri Peak. 

Scuba diving and snorkeling – Lake Perris permits scuba diving and snorkeling at the west end of the beach. You'll be able to explore what lies beneath the surface, including different species of fish, coral reefs and more.

Rock climbing – Big Rock is open year-round. It gives climbing opportunities for both beginners and advanced climbers. The park has a climb-at-your-own-risk policy. Bring plenty of water as California State Parks don't maintain any fixtures or equipment at Big Rock.

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How to Get to
Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Lake Perris is south of Moreno Valley and southeast of Riverside. Follow major highway 60 through Moreno Valley, take exit 65 and then travel south toward Perris Reservoir. Follow Moreno Beach Dr. beyond John F. Kennedy Dr., and then the road will change to Via Del Lago toward your destination. The roads coming from Moreno Valley are smoothly paved with some mild curves leading up to Lake Perris. Inside the park, the roads leading to the campground are wide enough to maneuver an RV safely. 

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Entering Lake Perris State Recreation Area

The operating hours for Lake Perris State Recreational Area are Sunday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $10.0

We're delighted for you to have the chance to escape your everyday lifestyle in one of the amazing state parks in California. You surely will have an incredible time at Lake Perris State Recreation Area regardless of what leisure activity you decide on. Don't forget to tag RVshare when posting your images on your social media accounts, or you can send us a snapshot photo with a few interesting details about your trip at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Perris State Recreation Area

What is the climate of Lake Perris State Recreation Area?

Summers at Lake Perris State Recreation Area are hot and dry, while winters are cool, moist, and short. Throughout the year, temperatures range from 41 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit and rarely reach higher than 100 or lower than 33.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lake Perris State Recreation Area?

You can see more than 100 different species of animals at Lake Perris State Recreation Area thanks to the inviting clean water and surrounding valley. These include California quail, raccoons, deer, bobcats, loggerhead shrikes, and roadrunners.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lake Perris State Recreation Area?

Lake Perris State Recreation Area contains 254 designated RV campsites. These campsites offer both water and electric hook-ups. An additional seven equestrian campsites are more primitive sites that don't offer electric but can accommodate RVs.

Are pets allowed at Lake Perris State Recreation Area?

Pets are allowed at Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Pets can't be left unattended and must either be kept on a six-foot leash, in a cage, or in your RV. Dogs should be kept off the unpaved trails.

Is Lake Perris State Recreation Area accessible for disabled visitors?

Both of the designated RV campsites in the Lake Perris State Recreation Area are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms and shower facilities nearby are also accessible. The equestrian campsites aren't accessible, and the outdoor areas generally aren't accessible.