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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.

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.

Lake Hemet Lodging

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. Only ten (10) lake view cabins are available. They are very popular and usually book up fast. Reserve 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)

Learn More About The Lake View Cabins Here.

Gate Hours
Sunday: 6:00am to 8:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 6:00am to 11:00pm

Splashing Eagle Water Park Hours
Thursday-Monday 11:00am-6pm
*Open Memorial Day through Labor Day

Marina Hours
Mon – Thursday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
Fri – Sunday: 6:00am to 7:00pm

No Boat Rentals after 5:00pm

All Boats off the Lake by 7:00pm

Lake Hemet Market
Sunday: 6:00am – 8:00pm

Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 8:00pm

Friday & Saturday 6:00am-10:00pm

Cafe Hours
Breakfast:  Thurs – Monday: 7:00am to 10:00am
Lunch: Thursday – Monday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Ice Cream Shoppe

Daily from 11:00am – 7:00pm

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24 hours ago

Lake Hemet Campground

Wow, it's already mid-July. But there is still time to reserve a cabin at Lake Hemet before school starts. Midweek rates reduced to $129 night when you book Sunday through Thursday. No minimum required. Cabin sleeps up to six people. Two pets welcome. Tent sites are available too! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Lake Hemet Campground

FISH PLANT ALERT! 500 lbs. of Rainbow Trout just dropped at Lake Hemet! Just in time for FREE FISHING DAY tomorrow, July 7, 2018. California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) offers two Free Fishing Days each year (July 7 and September 1, 2018. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Splashing Eagle Water Park will be open this Wednesday for the Fourth of July! Come by for the day or for some overnight camping! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Lake Hemet Campground

Oh, no big deal...just my first time driving a pontoon boat at Lake Hemet with my two co-captains, Arthur (Nemo) & Bella (Lifeguard). The three of us had such a blast cruising the lake and taking in all the natural beauty. We missed seeing the Bald Eagle so it's time to plan our next Lake Hemet adventure! #captainHollie #arthur💙 #bella💞 #arthurapproved #andbellaapproved #lakehemet #lakehemetcampground #petfriendly #tcpcroadtrip #daythree #calparkscodotcom #lovewhereyouwork #freedom #pontoon ... See MoreSee Less

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