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Address: 2615 Angler Ave, Hemet, CA 92543-9703
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!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2015
Erin G
Hemet, California
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 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
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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 John W
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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50 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 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 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Pontoon boat and a group of red hatters. Fantastic day.. Lots of great memories made that day, and what fun the lake offers to reat and felax.

Thank Cece C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

I guess I miss the point. A giant no body contact lake seems silly. Has one of the most advance cleaning systems. There should be water sking

2 Thank Jamesinthe405
Saskatoon, SK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

Travelled from Palm Springs to DVL for the half marathon event. The event is very well done and the drive to DVL is quite nice. The lake itself is beautiful although I'm not sure what someone would do here without a boat. I was there for the race, of course, and it was a challenging enough course over winding, gravel,... More 

2 Thank MrJeph

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