Lake Perris Boating

Riverside County

Lake Perris, Riverside County, California
Lake Perris, Riverside County, California

Lake Perris Boating

Riverside County

Lake Perris Boating in a Nutshell

  • Personal Watercraft, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding
  • Pleasure Cruising, Patio Boats, Fishing Boats
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing

Lake Perris is a popular boating destination in Southern California. All kinds of boating are permitted on the lake, but there are a number of regulations with which you will want to be familiar before launching your boat. See Boating Regulations.

Because of potential seismic safety risk in a section of the foundation of the Lake Perris Dam, a major retrofit of the dam was initiated and completed in 2018. Water levels have since been returned to normal.

Park Hours:   Check Perris Lake SRA website for current opening and closing hours.

Boating Hours: Summer: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Winter: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm
Entrance Fee:   $10 per vehicle (9 people) seniors 62+ $9
Per Watercraft:  $10 (canoes and kayaks are free)
Annual Passes:   Vehicle - $195, Watercraft $100 (good at most State Parks)

Lake Perris Marina

Lake Perris Marina is closed until further notice:

Lake Perris SRA: "Our Marina Concessionaire has ended and we will start to improve the facility by removing all of the Marina docks and we will demolish the old bait store and old restaurant. Unfortunately, this facility is over 40 years old and there is no way to refurbish it. Once the demolishing is complete (3-6 months), we will work on a new concession contract and advertise the opportunity for a private business to come in and establish a new Marina operation. Our goal is to hopefully have a new operator by the summer of 2021." (1/30/2020)

Boating Reservations

Boating reservations are recommended on summer weekends and major holidays. If the lake capacity is reached, only boats with reservations will be admitted to the park. Reservations are likely not needed on weekdays or during the off-season. Sailboats, canoes, and kayaks do not need a reservation.

Reservations: 1-800-444-7275 or ReserveCalifornia

Lake Perris Quagga and Zebra Mussels
Boat Inspections

All boats must undergo a mandatory inspection. This inspection is to prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels. All vessels must be clean, drained, and dry prior to entering Lake Perris.

Inspections include canoes, kayaks, sailboats, rafts, fishing waders, scuba gear, etc. If you are coming from a Quagga Infected body of water you must wait 7 days before bringing your boat to Lake Perris. You will automatically be quarantined for 7 days if you have not waited 7 days to bring your vessel to Lake Perris from a quagga infested lake or river. If your boat or any object, including but not limited to sails, life vests, and skis, on your boat is wet, damp, or moist, your vessel will be quarantined for 7 days.

Do not wash, rinse, or hose your boat before coming to Lake Perris. Your watercraft will not be allowed in the park. Let the boat dry for 5 days minimum after washing.

Check for the most current and complete information at Lake Perris SRA: Boating.


Old Lake Perris Marina, California

Old Lake Perris Marina

Key Lake Perris
Boating Regulations

  • All boats must be off the lake and on their trailers by the lake closing time.
  • Lake Perris now allows the towing of inflatables behind vessels. Riders must wear lifejackets and a spotter must be in the boat with an orange flag.
  • Free-style/trick riding in not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, 360s, 180s, submarining, jumping boat wakes, etc.
  • The speed limit for all watercraft on Lake Perris is 35 MPH. Before sunrise and after sunset the speed limit is 5 MPH. Running lights are required at those times.
  • Vessels are not allowed within 50 ft. of posted swim areas.
  • The east end of the lake will be a 5 mile per hour zone only. Travel will be counter clockwise only in the west basin due to hidden hazards underwater in the east end.

For a complete list of Lake Perris boating regulations, see California Boating and Watercraft Regulations - Lake Perris

Launching Small Boats By Hand

A hand-launching site at Lake Perris for small sailboats, kayaks, and canoes is located at Sail Cove.

Marine Services

Elite Marine
781 W. La Cadena Dr.,
Riverside, CA
(951) 784-6562

Elite Marine

Ken's Boat Repair and Parts
32501 Highway 74, Hemet, CA
(951) 926-4637

M K Hammer Speed and Marine
3878 S. Pershing Ave., San Bernardino, CA
(909) 888-0055

M K Hammer Speed and Marine