There’s lots of fun things to do at Lake Skinner Recreation Area near Temecula. This large reservoir located 10 miles northeast of Temecula. Activities include boating, fishing, camping, picnic area, horseback riding, hiking, and swimming.
Surrounded by the rolling hills of Winchester, this lake is easy to access via Highway 15 and 215. Lake Skinner is operated by the Riverside County Parks. Camping includes 41 developed campsites, 178 RV sites, and 18 developed equestrian campsites with electricity. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but there is a swimming pool.
Boats are available for rent and you can launch your own boat as well. Skiing is not allowed. During the summer months visitors can enjoy outdoor concerts, family movies, and star-gazing nights. Bird-watching is another draw to this lake. Visitors see a wide variety of birds, including herons, owls, and hawks.
Cool off at the Splash Pad where you can play on a large playground of equipment that sprays water at the participants. You will get soaked! The Splash Pad is open from April through Labor Day. It’s a popular feature of the park during the hot summer months. A new amphitheater has been built near the Splash Pad for special events.
This lake is the location of the annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.This is a popular festival. Enjoy wine tasting, a balloon launch, balloon glow, food court,and balloon rides. Rides should be reserved in advance. The event usually occurs in June. Click on the link just above for more information.
Skinner Lake – Contact Information
Reservations and Information
Address: 37701 Warren Road, Winchester, Ca 92596
Telephone: (951) 926-1541
Hours vary by the season.
From Interstate 15, exit east on Rancho California Road. Continue on Rancho California Road for approximately 10 miles. You will travel through the Temecula Wine Country as you proceed to Lake Skinner. The lake is just past the wineries. Turn right when you see the Lake Skinner sign.