2020 Guide to Lake Skinner Camping


Hello there! Today we are going to be discussing some things about camping at Lake Skinner, one of the most popular areas to go in the Temecula part of California. The topics that we will be covering today include what is it known for, when is the best time in a year to visit Lake Skinner, what campsites are there, some of the things that you should know before, as well as is it suitable for you to camp there? So, without any further ado, let’s dive into it together now!


What is Lake Skinner Known For?

To begin, Lake Skinner has always been well known for the famous Wine and Balloon Festival. It’s been happening for more than 35+ years and it’s always an incredible sight to see all of the balloons rising over the California horizon. Even better, the wine is always fantastic. Look for this festival to typically be held in the end of May.

Lake Skinner has always been known for its beautiful natural environment which offers a spectacular view to the visitors. Apart from that, there are also a lot of recreational activities that the visitors may choose to participate in. Examples of recreational activities that the visitors can take part in Lake Skinner are picnicking, camping, hiking, splash pad, horseback riding, fishing as well as sailing. There are also some picnic benches as well as two shade shelters that the visitors may use to have a picnic activity comfortably with their family members.

Next, there is a barbecue provided for visitors to enhance the experience of enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. On top of that, there is also a camping site that is available for visitors to stay for a night to enjoy the real experience of sleeping with the sounds of mother nature. Visitors may also be able to get the things that they need such as a fishing bait from the camp store that is available in Lake Skinner. Keep in mind that your current registration, license, and insurance is needed if you plan to camp in here so make sure you bring the documents along with you.


When is the best time of the Year to Visit Lake Skinner?

The best time for you to visit Lake Skinner is from the 1st of March to the 31st of October. The reason is that this is the time where the splash pad is opened and it will only be available during this time as it is opened seasonally. It will be closed from the 1st of November up until the 28th of February as well as on non-holidays Mondays. It will be opened on Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and on holiday Mondays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Apart from that, the Park Hours for the Day Use will start from 6 a.m. until the sunset on Sunday to Saturday.


What Camp Sites are There?

Skinner Lake currently has two campsites that have been listed as primitive and they are the group equestrian as well as equestrian campsites. The group site can hold for up to 12 camping units at a time. The fees that will be charged for loop A and B group sites are currently $150 and $320 respectively. On the other hand, the fees that will be charged for the primitive equestrian sites are only $15 per night and as for the group equestrian site, the fees that will be charged to visitors will be around $150 per night. If you would like to make any reservations for the campsite that you wish to reserve, then you may simply call (800) 234-7275 to be notified.

The Lake Skinner Campsites consists of two group camping loop which is loop A and B. Every loop has 16 available sites. For every single loop, a maximum of 16 rigs are permitted and for every rig, a maximum of 6 people are allowed to stay in there which makes the total amount of people that are permitted in every area of the group to be 96 people. Keep in mind that the group areas can be reserved for fewer people with the condition that all of the 16 sites have to be paid completely.


Things to Know Before Going?

The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that don’t forget to bring your current license, registration as well as insurance so that you will be able to camp in Lake Skinner without any problems. The area has been known to have an active DNR presence and frequently gives out tickets.

Next, if you ar planning to do any cycling activities in Lake Skinner then don’t forget to bring your helmet along with you otherwise you wouldn’t be able to have any cycling activities later on as the rules in Lake Skinner have made it compulsory for the bicycle riders to wear a helmet during their cycling activities. This is done to prevent anyone from having a fatal injury from any potential accidents that could happen here.

Moving on, if you are going to visit Lake Skinner with the intention that you would have some fishing activities with your family members then it’s highly recommended for you to bring along your valid State fishing permit so that you won’t have any problems fishing there.

If you plan to capture the beautiful landscape of Lake Skinner by using your drones then you need to change your plan as drones are not allowed to be used in Lake Skinner. Apart from that, the camping fees that you can expect is around $25 to $40 per night, the day-use fees will be around $6 per adult, $3 per child, the fishing fee will be $10 per adult, $8 per child for the whole day, the boat-launch fee will be $7, the pets fee will be $2 each for one day and finally the sewage dump fee for non-camper will be $20.


Should You Go Camping There?

Yes, you definitely should camp in Lake Skinner as it is the perfect place for you to have your camping activities as the campsites are full with hook-ups. The clean natural environment also makes Lake Skinner a great destination for you to spend some quality time with your family members by camping there. Some amenities may be helpful for you to have fun with your family members and it includes the camp store, running trails, equestrian trails, splash pad, fishing spots, barbecue place, as well as horseshoe pits.

Also, keep in mind that the weather conditions may affect the duration of the splash pad hours. Next, you may also be able to choose to have some picnicking activities with your friends and family members at the picnic benches and there is also a wide grass area which is open to be used by visitors. The main three campground areas are the perfect place for you to have your camping activities because they are spacious, clean and comfortable to be used. You definitely should go camping in Lake Skinner as it can be considered as one of the best places for you to camp. Just don’t forget to bring all the necessary documents mentioned previously to avoid any kinds of problems there.



In a nutshell, Lake Skinner is one of the best locations for you to appreciate the beauty of the green lush scenery while at the same time spending some quality time with your family members to have some fun. Outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, boating, picnicking, as well as horseback riding may help you to encourage your family members to practice a healthy lifestyle. Lake Skinner is without a doubt the perfect place for you to camp together with your friends and families.


We’ll see you there!

Article Author
Sean's an avid camper, kayaker, and RVer. He loves spending time finding new trails and campsites to take his family and friends.