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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.

Lakes of Hemet VIP Club

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

About the Lakes of Hemet VIP Club

The Lakes of Hemet VIP Club is a loyalty card program for Lake Hemet, Little Lake, and Diamond Valley Lake. Just bring your VIP card to any of our Hemet Locations (Lake Hemet, Little Lake and Diamond Valley) present it at the time that you are paying for Day Use and we will stamp it for each visit. After your 10th visit, your next trip is on us. The VIP Club is free to join and is for Day Use only, not camping.

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.

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



New Cafè: Fresh, Delicious Food

good eatsThe Soaring Pines Cafè is a fun place to find fresh, delicious meals! 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, and red onions on sourdough bread! It’s worth the trip to just taste this popular sandwich. Perhaps you may be into something more leafy. Try our Tree Hugger Wrap full of veggie goodness. Visit our cafè page to learn more and the see the full menu.


Popular Vacation Spot for Camping, Waterpark, Fishing, RVing, Weddings and Festivals.

Lake Hemet Lodging

New for 2017: Lake View Cabins

Rest. Peace. Nature. Fresh air. Stars. Campfires. Unforgettable family memories. This is what you will experience when you book one of our charming rustic cabins. These “glamping” cabins are equipped to sleep up to six guests and we offer different packages to accommodate your needs. Two cabins are available now for immediate booking. Up to ten (10) cabins are available starting March. Book your cabin today by calling our Lake Hemet reservation staff at (951) 659-2680 or by reserving here. (Cabins are located on Eagle Camp 3-Cabin Units Tab)

Note: These new cabins are extremely popular. Reserve early.

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Gate Hours
Sunday 6:00am – 8:00pm
Monday- Thursday 6:00am-7:00pm
Friday-Saturday 6:00am – 10:00pm


Cali Parks Grill

Saturday & Sunday


(We are right next to the Splashing Eagle Water Park)

Splashing Eagle Water Park Hours
Opening May 25th, 2018
Thursday-Monday 11:00am-6pm
*Open Memorial Day and Labor Day

Marina Hours

No Boat Rentals after 7:00pm

Lake Hemet Market
Sunday 7:00AM-7:00PM
Monday-Thursday 8:00-7:00pm
Friday & Saturday 7:00am-9:00pm

Soaring Pines Cafe Store Hours
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm
Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am-5:00pm

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