We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Hemet

Address: About 50 miles southwest of Palm Springs. Take Highway 111 to Highway 74, Palm Springs, CA
Improve this listing
72%
Ranked #29 of 59 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of 4,500 feet offers overnight...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of 4,500 feet offers overnight camping, hiking, fishing and boating.
Write a Review

25 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    10
    8
    6
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hemet, CA
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Astoria oregon
Top Contributor
977 reviews 977 reviews
203 attraction reviews
435 helpful votes 435 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
California City, California
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
56 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
La Canada, California
Top Contributor
446 reviews 446 reviews
101 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
289 reviews 289 reviews
102 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hemet, California
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Lake Hemet also viewed

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs
 
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs
 

Been to Lake Hemet? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Hemet and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Lake Hemet staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?