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Over 8000 pounds of Rainbow Trout Stocked this Spring/Summer at Lake Hemet!

Thanks to consistent monthly stockings this spring and early summer by the Lake Hemet Recreation company and a nice stocking from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, our Rainbow Trout stocking totals for this spring are now over 8000 pounds! The trout bite is obviously red hot now and we expect it to continue right through the end of summer.  Largemouth Bass are biting too and reports are coming in that dark colored plastic worms and creature baits fished slowly with white and yellow/lime green spinner baits and crank baits and producing fish. We’re also happy to announce that Lake Hemet is at full capacity for the first time in over a decade. Many campsites are now right at the waters edge delivering a lakefront camping experience that allows our guests to fish right from their campsites! Fresh caught trout and s’mores anyone? Whether you area first time guest to the lake or a longtime visitor … you will not want to miss the 2019 summer season at Lake Hemet!

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.

ROAD OPENING UPDATE: Currently Highway 74 from Hemet to Mountain Center is open from 4:00am to 8:00am and 6:00pm to midnight with a pilot car escort. Highway 243 from Banning is still closed to through traffic. Access to Lake Hemet is also available from Highway 74 from the Palm Desert and Highway 79/371 from Temecula (through Anza).

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. Most recently, Kim took her daughter, North, for her first camping experience 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 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.  (Cabins are located on Eagle Camp 3-Cabin Units Tab)

Learn More About The Lake View Cabins Here.

Gate Hours

Sunday- Thursday: 6:00am – 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday : 6:00am – 10:00pm 

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

Splashing Eagle Water Park Hours
Open: May 23
Thursday -Monday: 11:00am – 6:00pm (weather permitting)

Marina Hours
Monday through Thursday: 7:00am – 7:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 6:00am-7:00pm

**No Boat rentals after 4pm

All private boaters off the Lake by Sunset

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

Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 8:00pm

Friday & Saturday 6:00am – 10:00pm

Cafe Hours
Breakfast:  Sat – Sun: 7:00am – 10:00am
Lunch: Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Lunch: Mon-Friday – 11:00am – 2:00pm

Ice Cream Shoppe

Daily from 11:00am – Close

Lake Hemet Weather Station

10 Day Forecast and Current Conditions

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Lake Hemet just received 1500 lbs. of Trout today (June 5, 2019). Reserve your campsite today so you can fish tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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