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About Lake Skinner

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.

    Park Hours

    Day Use Hours

    6 a.m. to SunsetDaily

    Camp Hours

    6 a.m. to SunsetSunday-Thursday
    6 a.m. to 10 p.m.Friday-Saturday & Night before Holiday

    Splash Pad Hours: Available April 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023

    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Tuesday -Sunday & Holiday Mondays (Closed Non-Holiday Mondays for Maintenance)

    Park Fees

    Camping: $30-50 per night. See our fee card for more information.
    Day use: $6 per adult and $3 per child (12 and younger).
    Fishing: $10 per adult, per day and $8 per child (12 and younger), per day.
    Boat Launch: $7
    Pets: $2 per dog, per day.
    Sewage Dump Fee: (non-camper): $20.

    Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest Services.

    Park Features

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

    • 18 Developed Sites (Water and Electricity)

    • 40 Developed Sites (Water Only)

    • Historic Alamos Schoolhouse

    • Camp Store

    • Fishing

    • 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


    Park Rules

    • 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.


    2022-2023 Fish Stocking Schedule

    • May 26, 2023- 900 lbs catfish 

    • June 30, 2023- 900 lbs catfish

    • July 21, 2023- 900 lbs catfish 

    • August 11, 2023- 900 lbs catfish

    • September 1, 2023- 900 lbs catfish


    First-Time Boater Registration

    Inspections and decal issuance by appointment only. Call 951-926-1541 to make an appointment.

    More Information

    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.

    Red Tailed Hawk

    DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL! Prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra mussels!

    Recreation activities are restricted at Lake Skinner to help prevent the introduction and spread of quagga and zebra mussels:
    * No Boats
    * No Body Contact/Swimming 
    * No Floatation Devices
    * Fishing equipment Inspections required upon entry
    * Unopened and unused baits only. Baits available on site.

    For more information about quagga and zebra mussels, please download this fact sheet and Quagga education pamphlet from CVWD in English & Spanish.

    To learn more about RivCoParks’ quagga containment and prevention program, please read the full policy Here.

    Quagga Sign