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Diamond Valley Lake

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2615 Angler Ave, Hemet, CA 92543-9703
+1 951-926-7201
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Spectacular wildflowers

I visited in March and viewed incredible displays of wildflowers. Went back a couple of times that... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Hemet, California
via mobile
Not too crowded

It's been several years since we first went there. We came back there a few weeks ago expecting... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
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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.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“water park” (3 reviews)
“porta potties” (3 reviews)
“hiking trails” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2615 Angler Ave, Hemet, CA 92543-9703
+1 951-926-7201
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I visited in March and viewed incredible displays of wildflowers. Went back a couple of times that month and the flowers kept getting better. There is a parking fee at the marina lot or you can park free at the wonderful science center and hike...More

Thank randymellinger
Reviewed 11 October 2017

It's been several years since we first went there. We came back there a few weeks ago expecting more. I thought they were supposed to be a restaurant & hotel there but there wasn't. The view point was pretty & all the crowds are gone...More

Thank Muzzysgirl
Reviewed 7 September 2017

At this time fishing was very poor, after all day did not get a bite, although people in boat house and store were helpful, boat was dirty and had not been cleaned

Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Nice lake but cant go in the water and you are not allowed dogs on the premises or in your boat. Wish they would open up to swimmers.

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

I read somewhere that this ride is considered to be of moderate difficulty. It is! Much of the 21.8 mile look is hard packed dirt, loose rock, soft sand and/or washboard. The roads over the three dams are refreshingly paved and easy. There ARE some...More

1  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

So we finally made it back to the DVL and believe it or not, we had an even worse experience than the first time. So three weeks prior to Easter Sunday I find out I will be off Easter and call to book my Deluxe...More

5  Thank John W
Hollie P, Public Relations Manager at Diamond Valley Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Dear John W., thank you for providing your feedback on your experience at Diamond Valley Lake this spring. I am the one that issued you the certificate in 2016, which is valid through December 2017. The terms do state that advanced reservations are required and...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful day on the water. Kids all had a blast on the boat. Fun was had by all. We also enjoy biking around the lake.

1  Thank PLSSoCal
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Diamond Valley Lake this time of year is bearable heat wise, but the wildflowers are all but gone. Best time to view them is in March and early April. Next year perhaps!

1  Thank JosephEllis
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We wanted to walk the flower trail. Price was $2.00 with plenty of trails. We could have walked for hours around the lake. Paying $9.00 to park at the marina was ridiculous. Lots of free space. Anyway we spent an hour walking the flower trail...More

1  Thank Dave T
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I wanted to give this wonderful place five stars as it is a beauty. The flower trail was magnificent and we did walk always on it - but not far enough to pay $13 for parking and $2 more for each person -$17 for about...More

2  Thank Crt1943
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21 March 2017|
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Response from sandrafU9172NY | Reviewed this property |
Diamond Valley Lake is closed Monday and Tuesday. There is a path to view wildflowers and there is a $2 charge to walk the trails.