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 your gaze travels. Tall pines, manzanita trees, sage, and giant oaks abound. Remember to pack a camera and binoculars, and keep a watchful eye, as the eagles are often seen soaring above and around the Campground. There are also plenty of Hawks soaring overhead throughout the forest and campground. Come and enjoy camping, fishing, boating and the breath-taking scenery all year round.

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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.

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Gate Hours
Friday – Sunday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am — 4:30pm
Note: Late Reservations, please call
(951) 659-2680 for gate access.

Water Park Hours
Open May 27th
Thursday – Monday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Must be at least 48” tall.

Marina Hours
Friday – Sunday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am — 4:30pm

Marketplace Store Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am — 5:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 6:00pm