Christmas Come To Lake Hemet


Lake Hemet: Local Mountain Lake Escape In Idyllwild

Lake Hemet is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains, in Mountain Center, near the mountain town of Idyllwild. The scenery is breathtaking no matter which direction you look. Tall pines, manzanita trees, sage, and giant oaks abound.

Lake Hemet is one of the most popular spots in Southern California for camping and fishing. The recent additions of the Soaring Pines Cafe serving delicious food and Splashing Eagle Waterpark has made Lake Hemet the vacation spot to be during the spring and summer months.

Remember to pack a camera and binoculars, and keep a watchful eye, as majestic eagles, hawks, and other wildlife are often seen soaring throughout the forest and campground. Come and enjoy camping, fishing, boating and the breath-taking scenery all year round.

Fun Fact: Halle Berry said she celebrated her birthday here. The whole Kardashian and Jenner clan filmed an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians at Lake Hemet. Classic shows such as Airwolf and Bonanza also had episodes filmed at Lake Hemet.


Lake Hemet along with Little Lake and Diamond Valley Lake offers a frequent fisher promotion called the “VIP Card”. Please ask for details when you check in at any of the three Lakes of Hemet.

Note: Swimming is allowed in designated areas only.  The speed limit is 10mph for both boating and driving in the campground. No fireworks allowed. Fireworks are not permitted.

Low water warning: As many already know, California is in a drought and we are in a low water situation. Our launch ramp is still accessible and open to private boaters, but the launch conditions are less than ideal. Currently boaters are launching in 3.5 feet of water off the ramp.

handiHandicapped restrooms and showers are available in Camps 1, 2, and 4. Upon request, special assistance can be given to handicapped persons.


Soaring Pines Cafe

The Soaring Pines Cafe is a fun place to find delicious eats! Enjoy eating on the deck with grassy meadows and beautiful mountain views while nibbling on our crowd pleaser, the Bonanza hot sandwich. It is full of mouthwatering BBQ pot roast, two cheeses, & red onions on sourdough bread! You may be into something more leafy. Try our Tree Hugger Wrap full of veggie goodness. Click the logo below for more information!


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Gate Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday-Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm

Note: Late Reservations, please call
(951) 659-2680 for gate access.

Splashing Eagle Water Park Hours
Closed for the Winter
Open Seasonally: Memorial Day to Labor Day

Marina Hours
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday – Thursday
No Boat Rentals after 4:00pm

Lake Hemet Market
Sunday 7:00am-6:00pm
Monday-Thursday 8:00-6:00pm
Friday & Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm

Soaring Pines Cafe Store Hours
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm
Closed Monday – Thursday

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December 10th!!!! Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, hayrides, hot cocoa, and much more!!! Come up and spin our holiday prize wheel to win great prizes!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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GOING ON TODAY!!! A birds eye view of the town if Idyllwild from the 100 foot Christmas Tree #smallbusinessSaturday Come up to the awesome little town of Idyllwild, cruz the shops in town...there is a little bit of everything up here, shop a little, eat a little, and when you have shopped till you dropped...stay for the 56th Annual Tree lighting Ceremony
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What are we thankful for???!!! ANOTHER FISH PLANT!!!! Just in time for Thanksgiving!!! Come on up, we will be open on Thanksgiving till 4:30.
Don't forget you can get FREE DAY USE!!! (the car and the first two people 6 years) by bringing in an unwrapped gift (worth at least $15). Must come up with gift during normal campground hours to receive free day use. :). All toys and proceeds will be donated to the local communities.
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