Dates January 7 - 11
Campground Lake Perris State Park
Address 17801 Lake Perris Blvd.
Perris, CA 92571  
Telephone (951) 657-0676
Elevation 1658 Feet
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Directions and Maps

Get a map to the Lake Perris SRA campground and door-to-door driving directions at Google Maps.

Here's an aerial view of the lake and the surrounding area.

Click here for a map of the Lake Perris SRA Campground
with the Deer Owl loop highlighted.

Additional Information About Lake Perris SRA

Lake Perris
Perris Lake

Located 11 miles south of Riverside in northwestern Riverside County, the Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA) is an 8,800 acre playground that has something for everyone, including the 2,200 acre Lake Perris, formed by Perris Dam. Lake Perris is the southernmost reservoir of the SWP (State Water Project) and provides water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation. It is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the SWP system.

Special note to birders: more than a hundred different species of birds have been spotted at Lake Perris, some migratory and some permanent residents. Larks, loggerhead shrikes, roadrunners, California thrashers, quail, wrens, sparrows, hummingbirds, golden eagles, several varieties of hawks, ospreys, and even bald eagles may be seen. In addition, many
varieties of waterfowl can be spotted, including pintails, widgeons, teals, mallards, shovelers, various geese, and sometimes whistling swans and pelicans. Also, blacknecked stilts, avocets, killdeer, willets, kingfishers, egrets, and herons can sometimes be seen near the water's edge.

Also occasionally seen are mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and badgers. The
area is also home to a wide variety of lizards and rodents...and
rattlesnakes. So please take care when hiking!

Activities within the park include:

Lake Perris Sunset
Lake Perris and Alessandro Island

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Additional Information about Perris, California

The area surrounding and encompassing what we now know as Perris Valley was once home to various tribes of Native Americans (culture buffs will love the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum located right at Lake Perris SRA). Spanish and Mexican miners discovered gold deposits in the hills surrounding the valley, and the gold mines soon expanded to include tin and coal. But what really contributed to the growth of Perris Valley was the railroad.

In 1881, the California Southern Railroad decided to lay their tracks through the valley. A young British man by the name of Frederick Thomas Perris was in charge of surveying and constructing the route. When the route was completed in 1882, settlers began flocking to the valley.

By 1885, these same folks began discussing the feasibility of a creating a town. Land for the townsite was purchased from the Southern Pacific Railroad and Fred Perris returned to the valley to help. The future citizens of this new town offered to erect a depot, dig a well, and donate a number of lots to the railroad in exchange for establishing a station in the new town.

The town of Perris, named in honor of the surveyor who contributed to its construction, was officially designated as a stop on the Transcontinental Route of the Sante Fe Railway. By 1887, six passenger trains and two freight trains stopped in Perris every day.

Perris' resulting rapid growth was the early 1890s, heavy storms repeatedly washed out the railroad tracks in the Temecula Gorge. As a result, the railroad decided to abandon service to San Diego by way of Perris.

Perris, Elsinore and other communities in what was, at that time, the northerly part of San Diego County, were cut off from direct rail service to the county seat. A movement began to form a new county, and portions of San Bernardino and San Diego counties became Riverside County in March of 1893.

The railroad played a vital role in establishing the new town; the good citizens of Perris then turned to agriculture for their future development. Because of limited ground water, dry grain farming was the main crop before water was brought to the valley by the Eastern Municipal Water district in the early 1950s. Alfalfa, the King potato and sugar beets became the staples of farming in the valley.

The town of Perris was incorporated in 1911 and it now pays homage to its heritage with several museums displaying artifacts from the 1800s: the Perris Valley Historical Museum, the Orange Empire Railway Museumand the Ya'i Heki' (Home of the Wind) Museum

Which brings us to...

Good Things To Do in Perris

If you read the list above about all the activities that are available right in the park, then you know you don't really even need to leave Lake Perris SRA to find things to do. But if you're feeling in the mood for some exploring, here are some recommendations:

The March Field Air Museum

March Air Base

Over 60 historic aircraft are on display, both in and outside of the main museum building. Many famous record breaking planes such as the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" are represented, as well as the strategic bombers and fighters of the Cold War Period. World War II is well represented by planes such as the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the Douglas A/B-26 Invader, and the B-29 Superfortress.

The March Field Air Museum is located just off the I-215 freeway at the Van Buren exit in Riverside. Their orange and white checkerboard roof is visible from the freeway.

Admission prices are $10.00 for those 12 years and up, $5.00 for chldren ages 5 through 11, and free for children under the age of 5. Active Duty and Reservist personnel in uniform (with military ID) are free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 697-6604.

The museum is open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. six days a week (closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and Easter).

For more information, click here for the March Field Air Museum website.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum

Orange Empire Railway Museum

From the museum's website: "Explore the West's largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870's.

Ride streetcars, interurban cars and trains on the museum railway. Trolleys and trains operate every weekend and on many major holidays, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

We recommend visiting on a weekend if possible, as this is when our trains and trolleys are running and most of our display buildings are open. If you're planning to visit during the week, consider calling ahead to reserve a guided tour, available most weekday mornings for a small fee."

The Museum is located at 2201 S. "A" Street in Perris. Call 951-943-3020 for more information, or click herefor the Orange Empire Railway Museum website.