Lake Skinner Recreation Area
Nestled in the rolling hills of Winchester, CA, beautiful Lake Skinner Recreation Area offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, splash pad, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, and fishing. All boating activities must be non-body contact (no swimming, skiing, etc.)
For day trips, Lake Skinner offers two shade shelters, picnic benches and barbecues throughout the park for picnics and other gatherings. Camping sites offers picnic benches and fire rings. Most away-from-home needs can be met with a visit to the well-stocked camp store.
First-Time Boater Registration
Inspections and decal issuance by appointment only. Call 951-926-1541 to make an appointment.
Ready for Birding Adventure?
Here's a handy field guide to Lake Skinner's 80 most common bird species among the 200+ species that call Skinner home.
Welcome sign at Lake Skinner
Fishing at Lake Skinner
Angler w large fish at Lake Skinner
Pontoon boat on Lake Skinner
Boat launch at Lake Skinner
Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival
Sunset at Lake Skinner
Foliage along Lake Skinner
Trail map kiosk at Lake Skinner
Kids enjoying splash pad at Skinner
RV camping at Lake Skinner
Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival
Large shelter at Lake Skinner
Abronia Villosa Aurita
Watch this one minute jam-packed video of fun things to do!
Click above to reserve a campsite at Lake Skinner
Due to a special event, public access to Lake Skinner is closed from Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:30 am through Oct. 10, 2022 at 5:30 am. Lake Cahuilla and Rancho Jurupa are open for your enjoyment!
Day Use Hours
6 a.m. to sunset | Daily
6 a.m. to sunset | Sunday-Thursday
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Friday-Saturday & Night before Holiday
Splash Pad Hours: March 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Tuesday -Sunday & Holiday Mondays
(closed non-holiday Mondays for maintenance)
DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL!
Prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra mussels!
Recreation activities are restricted at Lake Skinner to help prevent the spread of quagga and zebra mussels:
No Body Contact/Swimming
No Floatation Devices
Fishing equipment Inspections required upon entry
Vessel inspections required upon arrival to launch
To learn more about RivCoParks’ quagga containment and prevention program, please read the full policy Here.
To Learn more about RivCoPark’s Vessel Requirements, please read the full requirements Here.
Download this brochure of Lake Skinner Recreation Area.
Camping: $30-50 per night
(click the green fee box above for more details)
Day use: $6 per adult | $3 per child (12 and younger)
Fishing: $10 per adult – per day
$8 per child (12 and younger) – per day
Boat Launch: $7
Pets: $2 each, per day
Sewage Dump Fee: (non-camper): $20
Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest Services.
199 Full Hook Up Sites (Water, Sewer, and Electricity)
18 Developed Sites (Water and Electricity)
40 Developed Sites (Water Only)
Showers and Restrooms/Toilettes
Day use shade shelters
Picnic Tables and BBQ's
Annual day use passes available
37701 Warren Road, Winchester, CA 92596
Bicycle riders must wear helmet
No solid floor tents on grass
No ground fires allowed
Drones are not permitted in the park.
No more than 6 occupants and 2 vehicles per site
Maximum stay of 14 days within a 28-day period
Do not remove, deface, or disturb any part of the park features or wildlife
Do not gather firewood in the park
Do not attach anything to trees
Pets must be kept on controlled leashes (Maximum leash length – 6 feet)
Do not leave pet(s) unattended
Clean up promptly after pet(s)
16 and older must have valid State fishing permit
For a full detailed list of our rules please visit this link.