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.
Summer 2022 Catfish Stock schedules are set!
See info at the bottom of this page.
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!
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.
July 2nd is FREE FISH DAY!
Today you can fish without a sports fishing license, perfect for those new to fishing! And... we're stocking the lake with catfish on July 1, 2022! Come for the day or even make plans to camp for the weekend! Cahuilla offers all types of camping options - primitive, RV ready sites with hook-ups & equestrian camping. Call 1-800-234-7275 for reservations.
Kids Campfire Program - July 2, 2022
Come learn more about snakes at our fun campfire program for kids! Featuring a live Rosy Boa snake, a snake craft, snake storytime and ending with s'mores by the campfire with Ranger Sonny. Included in your day use fees ($6 adults, $3 per child under 12) or free to overnight campers. Registration is limited to 40 children. Click here for more info.
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)
Download this brochure of Lake Skinner Recreation Area.
Camping: $30-50 per night
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
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.
CATFISH STOCK SCHEDULE
Friday, May 27, 2022
Friday, June 10, 2022
Friday, July 1, 2022
Friday, August 5, 2022
Friday, September 2, 2022
2022 FREE FISH DAYS:
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Saturday, September 3, 2022
On these days, you may fish without a sport fishing license. Perfect for those new to fishing! Click here for more info