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Address: About 50 miles southwest of Palm Springs. Take Highway 111 to Highway 74, Palm Springs, CA
Description: Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of...
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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Day trip, with focus on birding

Lake Hemet has been a favorite birding stop for me in February for several years. This year I was hoping the birds had rebounded from the fire several years ago, but still, fewer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

A very old campground, with probably 75% of the vehicles full timers, their rigs were not only old, but Many were trashy. There are no 50 amp's, only 30 amp. No cable. We had two couples join us for lunch and they had to pay $25 for a day pass ($5 per person to get into the park, plus $5... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Lake Hemet has been a favorite birding stop for me in February for several years. This year I was hoping the birds had rebounded from the fire several years ago, but still, fewer species are found here now than pre-fire. Nevertheless, it is a good place to bird. The lake may have pelicans, several species of ducks, and coots are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

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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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 via mobile

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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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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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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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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