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Lake Hemet

About 50 miles southwest of Palm Springs. Take Highway 111 to Highway 74, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #32 of 64 attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Bodies of Water
Description: Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of 4,500 feet offers overnight camping, hiking, fishing and boating.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

We went up there with our 4 year old to spend Sunday and Monday.it wasn't too bad good amount of space for your tent and car.They have a fire ring and picnic table at every site great for night campfires.When we got there Saturday night it was all booked and crowded,but majority of people left on Sunday morning.Only couple of... More

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Hemet, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Campsite restrooms are well maintained - that's always a plus! There are different types of water vehicle rentals, our mates rented a double kayak. The water is low (CA is obviously in a drought). This was our first camping trip since we had our baby, now 1yo. She had a great time. The weather was great for flying her new... More

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Astoria oregon
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724 reviews 724 reviews
166 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Traveling high up into the mountains about an hour away lies a whole new world. Beautiful lake and country side, if one continues on to Idyllwiod reminds me of Government Camp at Mount hood. Just sayin' ! Come see for yourself, once you have been here you must come back!

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California City, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a pretty little lake off the 243 near Idyllwild. No swimming, no kayaks, no this, no that. It's $15 just to enter into the Lake area but you can rent boats there and be enclosed by chain link fence with barbed wire across the top. However - there is a picnic area before you get to the actual... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The campground continues to improve , with a swim area & frisbie golf just added .Boat rentals are easy & cheap .Nice showers are a plus.Every spot I've camped in has been great ,& so are the people there .Love it!

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La Canada, California
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426 reviews 426 reviews
97 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This reservoir (it is not a natural lake) is not located in Palm Springs...it is located an hour away up a twisty (but spectacular) highway in the mountains. The facilities there are privately owned so there are lots of fees and rules. I didn't find it particularly beautiful...it seems to be a place mainly to fish and boat.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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84 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Can't really say on the camping, but as a place to stop for a while and relax with a nice walk around the lake area watching people picnicking and fishing and relaxing.. it was great. Nice and picturesque, a nice find on the way to Idyllwild, from Palm Springs.

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Hemet, California
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32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Its a shame you can't go in the lake! the fishing is ok from what I hear, the camping is not the greatest. The site are small and people tend to walk right through your camp to get to the bathroom. FYI, only one bathroom so expect to wait a while

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Woodcrest, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We just got back from a family trip, and had a blast. the people there are super nice and helpful. My nephew some how worked them and got all kinds of fishing stuff from the park rangers free. My mother in law and I went on a nice bike ride, we got to go out in a paddle boat, and... More

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Thermal, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Well recommneded for a get away and spend time with the family away from everything and let your brain at ease

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