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Lake Hemet is Open and Accepting Reservations!

Recent rains have filled our lake and streams are running at Lake Hemet. The park is open for business and accepting reservations for what is going to be a great spring camping and fishing season. Reserve your campsite or cabin today by calling our Lake Hemet reservation staff at (951) 659-2680 or book online!

Road Closure Notice: Currently Highway 74 from Hemet to Mountain Center and Highway 243 from Banningis closed to through traffic. Access to Idyllwild is available from Highway 74 from the Palm Desert and Highway 371 from Anza.

 Trout Stocking at Lake Hemet!

We have done two stockings so far this spring at Lake Hemet there will be more stocking throughout the spring and early summer. The most recent stocking (March 12, 2019 – see photo below) included some very big Rainbow Trout that appeared to be in the 5-7  pound range! This is obviously going to be a great season for camping and fishing at Lake Hemet so make plans to visit and enjoy the benefits of abundant water and fish 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.

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.  (Cabins are located on Eagle Camp 3-Cabin Units Tab)

Learn More About The Lake View Cabins Here.

Gate Hours
Sunday- Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm

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
Thursday -Monday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Marina Hours
Tues through Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday and Monday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

No Boat Rentals after 2:00pm

All private boaters off the Lake by Sunset

Lake Hemet Market
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday & Saturday 8:00am – 7:00pm

Cafe Hours
Breakfast:  Sat – Sun: 8:00am – 10:00am
Lunch: Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Lunch: Mon-Friday – 11:00am – 2:00pm

Ice Cream Shoppe

Daily from 11:00am – Close

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Lake Hemet was just stocked with 1,350 lbs of Rainbow Trout. Several large trophy sized fish (6 - 7lbs) flew into the lake yesterday. It is the second plant of the year for rainbow trout with more to come.

You can also fish for bass, blue gill and catfish here. Make your plans to visit before everyone else. The fishing is going to be spectacular this year.
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Lake Hemet is Open and Accepting Reservations!

Recent rains have filled our lake and streams are running full capacity at Lake Hemet. The park is open for business and accepting reservations for what is going to be a great spring camping and fishing season. Reserve your campsite or cabin today by calling our Lake Hemet reservation staff at (951) 659-2680 or book online!

Road Closure Notice: Currently Highway 74 from Hemet to Mountain Center and Highway 243 from Banning is closed to through traffic. Access to Idyllwild is from Highway 74 from the Palm Desert and Highway 371 from Anza.
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We're expecting 1300 pounds of trout on the week of the 10th, and we will post an update as soon as they arrive! ... See MoreSee Less

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All the snow over the last week has made for some amazing sites and views! It's sunny and warming up now, but we are expecting showers this Saturday. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Lake Hemet Campground

Milky Way over Lake Hemet May 2017

A series of six shots stitched together in Lightroom.
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