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.
  • There is a launch ramp available for a fee
  • Boats must be over 10 feet and obey a 10 mph speed limit.
  • Rental boats are available
  • Camping is available. Fee.
  • There is a lake store.


Photo Credit © Morris Neer


8 miles south of Idyllwild, CA

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

Idyllwild Ranger District, San Berdu NF
909-659-2680

Lake Hemet Campground

Lake Hemet RV Park & Campground
56570 Highway 74, (California SR 74)
Mountain Center, CA
951-659-2680

Lake Hemet Recreation
Higher elevation for SoCal - large lake campground has 74 sites; store, boat ramps.

Thomas Mountain Camp Sites

The best remote, private and secluded camp sites are along neighboring dirt roads. Try Forest Service Rd #6S13 east of lake, explore up on Thomas Mtn. Look for the yellow post camps!



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