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Address: 2615 Angler Drive, Hemet, CA 92545
Phone Number: +1 951-926-7201
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Diamond Valley Lake is a drinking water reservoir built, owned and operated...

Diamond Valley Lake is a drinking water reservoir built, owned and operated by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This reservoir is an important component to providing water for 18 million Southern Californians, and is a critical lifeline in times of drought.

To protect this resource, no body contact with the water is permitted. However, the Diamond Valley Aquatic Center, located near the entrance to the lake, allows for plenty of fun in the water. The Diamond Valley Visitor Center and the Western Science Center, which houses 1 million paleo and archaeo artifacts found during the construction of the Lake, are also located at the entrance to Diamond Valley Lake.

The Lake and the surrounding hills have also become known for the spectacular wildflower blooms each spring, and are popular among hikers. Non-motorized bicycles are also permitted on the Lake View Trail, and equestrians can enjoy the North Hills Trail.

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Beautiful lake, value depends on your activity

If you're planning to spend a full day, and bringing your own boat, it's probably 5 stars for value and experience. The lake itself is truly a picturesque gem. If you're just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're planning to spend a full day, and bringing your own boat, it's probably 5 stars for value and experience. The lake itself is truly a picturesque gem. If you're just looking for a place to take an exercise walk less than a couple hours, the fees are excessive. There isn't an hourly rate for parking or walking, it's... More 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Rena, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a very beautiful lake, but it is sad that we cannot swim in it. There is some places you can fish from shore or in a motor boat in the lake - but NO swimming! It is hot here most of the year so to be able to swim in the lake would of been nice.

1 Thank HappyTravellers20105
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was introduced to DVL about 3 years ago. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful lake! The water level was low, but that was the same for most lakes. Then things got better! I got to know the Staff! I met Sarah, who works the marina office. Sarah has always been so helpful in getting me and my... More 

2 Thank rookie58
Alexandria, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Low water levels are a sad fact of life at the lake. Not much to see unless you want to view an unusable launch ramp.

Thank Joyce S
Murrieta, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

So we got there late (7:30) so we got the last Deluxe Bass Boat that we had reserved and paid for three weeks prior. The motor trembled and shut itself off every 20 yards or so. There was no cell coverage to call for help so we tried to limp accross the lake knowing it was this boat or nothing.... More 

1 Thank johnw22016
Hollie P, Guest Relations Manager at Diamond Valley Lake, responded to this review

Dear Johnw22016, we are so sorry about the bass boat motor. You are 100% correct. We were having some trouble with the motors in May and tried to contact everyone that rented a boat during that time to offer a rain check. We will send you a private message and hope you will consider returning to Diamond Valley on us.... More 

California Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Went to DVL to enjoy the views. Rented a boat and had a day filled in fun. Make se to take lots of water to drink as it gets warm I the area.

Thank Cece S
Hemet, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This lake is really beautiful with many activities to do. My husband and I have gone for a bike ride around the lake and that was nice. There are picnic benches and port-a-potties on the route if needed. Very relaxing!

1 Thank Erin G
Lake Forest, California
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309 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

What can you say about a HUGE man made lake that is designed to supply Southern California with much needed water all by gravity-flow. The water therefore is pristine. They have a very cool exhibit that shows off some of their "finds" as they were digging including a very cool prehistoric skull ... Pretty neat.

Thank Dave H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Loved it. Was there on a Saturday for high school bulldog cross country meet and then again on Sunday for 14 and under. My kids did great for there first time and no real practice. Trees are still small so not a lot of shade. Take umbrellas or canopies.

Thank ontfran
Hemet, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great place to get outdoors. Easy to find, something for everyone to do. Fresh air , sparkling water. Be sure to visit the museum too.

Thank Sallie T

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