Location and Directions:
Lake Hemet is located in the San Jacinto mountains, approx. 25 miles East of the city of Hemet in Riverside Co. From I-10 in Beaumont, exit on hwy 79 south (Lamb Canyon Road). Turn Left on Romona Expressway, then turn left at the end at hwy. 74 (Florida Ave.). Continue on Hwy. 74 18 miles to the lake.
Lake Hemet consists of 420 surface acres and has 4.5 miles of shoreline set at an elevation of 4,340 feet. It is part of the San Bernardino National Forest. Lake Hemet is a very beautiful lake with crystal clear water and the surrounding mountains provide spectacular scenery. The lake is open year round. Entrance fee is $8.00 per car for 1 or 2 persons. Additional for extra adults, children, pets. There is a free parking side but you need to have a Forrest Adventure pass displayed. There are six campgrounds with 900 developed sites for tents or RV’s. Camping rates begin at $17.00 per night. There are also picnic areas, horseshoe pits, a kid’s playground and hiking trails. There is a lake store for tackle and supplies. Swimming and wading are prohibited. (909) 659-2680.
There is a launch ramp available for $4. Boats must be over 10 feet and obey a 10 mph speed limit. Rental motor boats are available in summer season for an all day charge of $45.00 (or $30.00 for 1/2 day) and row boats rent for $20.00 and 15.00 respectively. Lower rates in winter season are available (-$5). Float tubing is not allowed.
Rainbow trout are stocked year-’round here by the DFG and county hatcheries. During the summertime, they like to congregate in the deeper holes near the dam. Channel catfish are also planted here during the summer months. There are also some Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill here.
* Rainbow Trout: 7-pounds
* Largemouth Bass: 11-pounds
Lake Hemet Campground
56570 Highway 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561
Summer 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
April through September
Winter 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on Friday)
Great Fishing even in the winter!