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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.

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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

Welcome sign at Lake Skinner

Brodiaea Pulchella

Brodiaea Pulchella

Fishing at Lake Skinner

Fishing at Lake Skinner

Angler w large fish at Lake Skinner

Angler w large fish at Lake Skinner

Pontoon boat on Lake Skinner

Pontoon boat on Lake Skinner

Boat launch at Lake Skinner

Boat launch at Lake Skinner

Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival

Sunset at Lake Skinner

Sunset at Lake Skinner

Foliage along Lake Skinner

Foliage along Lake Skinner

Ceanothus Tomentosus

Ceanothus Tomentosus

Trail map kiosk at Lake Skinner

Trail map kiosk at Lake Skinner

Kids enjoying splash pad at Skinner

Kids enjoying splash pad at Skinner

RV camping at Lake Skinner

RV camping at Lake Skinner

Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival

Cirsium Proteanum

Cirsium Proteanum

Large shelter at Lake Skinner

Large shelter at Lake Skinner

Abronia Villosa Aurita

Abronia Villosa Aurita

Watch this one minute jam-packed video of fun things to do!


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

Quagga-Mussels or


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.

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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

Camp Hours:

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

Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest ServicesObserved park holidays can be found here.

click above or call

1-800-234-park (7275)


  • 199 Full Hook Up Sites (Water, Sewer, and Electricity)

  • 18 Developed Sites (Water and Electricity)

  • 40 Developed Sites (Water Only)

  • Fishing

  • Camp Store

  • Boating

  • Boat Rentals

  • Hiking

  • Biking

  • Running Trails

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Splash Pad

  • Horseshoe Pits

  • Showers and Restrooms/Toilettes

  • Amphitheatre

  • Group Camping

  • Playgrounds

  • Day use shade shelters

  • Picnic Tables and BBQ's

  • Annual day use passes available


37701 Warren Road, Winchester, CA 92596

(951) 926-1541


  • 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

  • No fireworks

  • No firearms

  • 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.


  • Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Friday, June 10, 2022

  • Friday, July 1, 2022

  • Friday, August 5, 2022

  • Friday, September 2, 2022


  • 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

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