Lake Skinner is a picturesque lake located 10 miles north east of Temecula in Riverside County. The lake is a great location not only for paddling and boating but also hiking, horseback riding and famed hot air balloon tours. The lake hosts a Balloon and Wine Festival during the spring. The vibrant vegetation covered hills that line the shoreline make a stunning backdrop against the edge of the water. The way the green hills surround the lake gives it a very rural vibe, considering that Skinner is only 10 miles from Temecula. The lake also hosts 240 campsites which can be reserved on the Riverside County Parks website. There are also convenience stores and playgrounds available for lake visitors.
Sit on top kayaks are not allowed on the lake. Any launched kayaks must also be at least 10 feet long and be non bailing. Quagga mussel inspections are carried out before and after launch, although the lake is already infested with them.
Stripers, largemouth bass, catfish and crappie are all fishable in Lake Skinner. Trout is stocked from time to time by Riverside County. Throwing a lure into a striper boil here can be an exhilarating experience. Anglers should keep an eye out for bass boils as they can pop up randomly throughout the lake.
Air temperature in Lake Skinner ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 80s to high 90s or even 100 in the summer.
Lake Skinner Launch Ramp 1 (Lake Skinner)