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Photo Credit Morris Neer

Southern California lake lined with pine trees and forest; with a large Campground & boat launch ramps. Nice for fishing and picnics. Located in San Bernardino National Forest near San Jacinto Peak, Toro Peak & Thomas Mountain. Lake Hemet is on California Hwy 74, near the tourist village of Idyllwild, California

  • Entrance fee, per person
  • Launch ramp available for a fee
  • Boats should be over 10 feet long
  • Boats must obey 10 mph speed limit
  • Rental boats available
  • RV Camps, Tent Campground, Cabins

Photo Credit Morris Neer

surface area: 420 acres
elevation: 5000'
vegetation: sage brush, pine trees
recreation: backpack, boat, camping, hike, horseback, off road, picnic
fish: trout, bass, catfish


Lake Hemet is -
8 miles south of Idyllwild, CA
12 miles south of Pine Cove, CA
20 miles east of Hemet, CA
30 miles west of Palm Desert, CA

Lake Hemet Recreation: Go Lake Hemet!

Large campground has 74 camp sites, plus cabins for rent; store, boat ramps.

Lake Hemet Campground

Lake Hemet RV Park & Campground
56570 Highway 74, (SR 74)
Mountain Center, CA 92561

Boat Ramp Camping Hike
RV Camping RV Dump hot showers
Kayak or Canoe Sailing Cafe


Idyllwild Ranger Station
USFS San Jacinto District
San Bernardino NF
54270 Pine Crest
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Lake Hemet Sunset

Pines to Palms Scenic Byway, Mountain Center, California

Lake Hemet, CA 1991

additional camping nearby

Hurkey Creek Park

Located less than a mile away from Lake Hemet, this meadow-like-park offers 130 camp sites, plus group campsites. Picnic area, BBQ, large grassy lawn w/ playground. Birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking trails. Contact 951-659-2050
(a recent wildfire has scared much of the land near this park, but the campground is still green w/ pine forest)

Thomas Mountain Camp Sites

The best remote, private and secluded camp sites are along neighboring dirt roads. Forest Service Rd #6S13 east of lake, explore more up on Thomas Mountain. Look for the yellow post camp sites. High clearance vehicle needed to access this area.


Toro Peak Camp Sites

Steep dirt road leads up to the big forest and wilderness boundary. Hiking trailheads for Toro Peak; a few small developed camp sites. High clearance vehicle needed to access this area.

Dirt Bike Trails

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