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Address: Riverside, CA 92561
Phone Number: +1 951-659-2680
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Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of...

Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of 4,500 feet offers overnight camping, hiking, fishing and boating.

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Great location

Even the drive to get here, up from the Coachella Valley is fabulous. Once here the facilities are superb. Loads of parking and picnic areas, BBQ stands to enable cooking at the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bungay, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Even the drive to get here, up from the Coachella Valley is fabulous. Once here the facilities are superb. Loads of parking and picnic areas, BBQ stands to enable cooking at the lakeside.

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Riverside, California
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If the water is clear it is beautiful to swim in. It's a big Lake and lots of sand around it. You can boat, fish, and picnic areas.

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Thank Janet M
Riverside, California
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2,128 reviews
704 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This looks and feels like a mountain lake although it's actually a state reservoir. There's a campground and a public access picnic area. The two of them are separated by a lengthy barbed fence such that it's a long drive to get to/enjoy the picnic area.

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Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Scottsdale, Arizona
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were just passing through on our way back to AZ. We took a detour and just happened upon this lake. We waded on the shore and had a picnic. It was lovely weather. Lovely weather this time of year, water is very clear. We did not see any wildlife unfortunately beyond a few ducks. Really gross bathrooms though!

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Thank desertbarb94
Palm Springs, California
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107 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I don't even know how to say or what to say, for water everywhere, especially in this part of the world, in this heat, is always a blessing. The water is clean, and you find boat rentals around. The mountains are not far from it either. Palm Springs resort town is within reach. Good to spend a couple of days... More 

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2 Thank Dudy D
Irvine, California
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We rented Eagle Crest RV directly from the Lake Hemet Campground for the weekend. It was our first time in an RV and it was great. We loved that it. There was an outdoor area with a fire pit and a picnic table. We also signed the kids up for their free FitKids adventure. This month, they went for a... More 

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2 Thank Kim L
Idyllwild, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

good fishing, cat fish, bass, perch family, rental boats, small water theme park to play in the water, have fun and cool off

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2 Thank Cantaketheheat
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

My friend, her 17 year old daughter and I went to this beautiful lake on Memorial weekend. Not only was it incredibly hot, but it was also crowded. Trying to find kayaks for the three of us proved a bit of a challenge but the great people at the new water park recommended for us to go to the marina... More 

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2 Thank CarolM4U
Hemet, California
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85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

I think this place is so majestic and if you love nature this is the place to go. I love the clean water and the forrestry around it.

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2 Thank Jasmine L
California
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

When we went there was a very peaceful ambiance. It was not crowded and there were lots of birds to watch. Great for a day trip if you live close by, worth visiting if your already visiting Idyllwild.

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