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Mountain Center, California

Lake Hemet Campground

Mountain Center, California

56570 CA-74
Mountain Center, California 92561
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Sites: 289
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.670499930718
Longitude: -116.67757775925

Elevation: 4360' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park yes
  • Casino Casino no

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I have camped here many times 20+/- years ago. We came back in May in my RV. I forgot that you CANNOT swim in this lake, well unless you swim in their float areas (blow up slides) for an additional LARGE fee. Why??? We booked near where the map showed the floating toys were so the grandkids could go swimming, and they moved it to another location and couldnt enjoy it. The campground has a section of people who live in their RV's and it is very trashy looking. Spaces with old worn out fake grass around them and lots of clutter. Looks like a homeless camp. This is the main section for RV hookups. There other areas are dry or some service. I had google mapped it when I booked, and I could tell it was trashy looking, so we opted for dry camping. However, the spaces are not really big enough for RVs in most spaces. I literally had someone with their trailer not 5 feet from my RV. Horrible way to camp. Had I known that, I would have stayed in the city, at least there the neighbors are 20 feet away. There were far too few trees for a campground this old. In the summer you need shade. They have done nothing to provide shade for most of the camp sites. Last, I dont know if this is a California thing (I am a resident) or a Lake Hemet thing. The pot smell (skunk smell) was way too frequent. The neighbor (Mr. 5 ft) was smoking, as was someone a few camp sites away. They would walk around smoking, and once stood there on the other side of our camp with the wind coming directly at us. Even the young kids were commenting on what stinks! Lastly, for RV's, many of the sites are not very accommodating for the larger RV's, 5th Wheels and trailers. We saw many people struggle to get into their spaces. Ours was a back in, and I could barely get in. They place large boulders near drive lane with tight spaces. I dont think we will be back. Not the best way to get away from it all. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Large family-friendly park. A mixed-use park for sure. There were many permanent mobile homes, as well as long-stay trailers. There was a RV camp and a tent camp on opposite sides of the lake inlet. Camp 2 is where we stayed. We were originally given a spot in between two permanent homes, but we asked for a different spot in a more open area. We were reluctantly given the spot by a very unhelpful front-gate. The front-gate people were unfamiliar with the occupancy of their park and gave incorrect directions to our spot. The lake is fun, you can rent boats and fishing gear. The park is very peaceful at night. The roads are tight for a rig over 30ft. Will stay here again now that we know what lots to avoid. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Lake Hemet is a picturesque campground, but with a few problems: 1) Has very narrow camp access roads made backing into the site difficult. This was compounded by large boulders placed in front of each site. 2) Has lots of full time campers with semi-permanent set-ups, including storage sheds, porches, etc. This is not my cup of tea as it looked kind of shanty-town like. 3) It was surprisingly buggy, mostly at dusk. If you like fishing, folks were reporting good luck fishing the lake. Boat rentals are available. If you're into high tech, you'll be disappointed by the lack of cell coverage and Wi-Fi. If you can live without communications to the real world, and have a maneuverable rig, you may enjoy this campground. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is local retreat for our family. Always nice to visit when we want to get away for a weekend retreat. Campground has just introduced online registrations. We were here in the Group Camping area: dry camping with some great shade trees. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Lake Hemet Campground used to be one of our favorites. Over Memorial Day weekend, they changed the format and you are no longer allowed to pull up anywhere you wish and camp. You must park in designated campsites only. They have closed the peninsula and camp 6 for overnight use. Day use only. While the lake is still as beautiful as ever, it is disappointing that these changes have been made. Overall, this is still a great campground. It is, however, very loud as the rangers do not enforce noise rules. It tends to be windy as well, especially at night. We will go back, but are going to try out Hurkey Creek 1.5 miles down the road just to see if it is any better. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
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Date of Stay: February, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Small campground with lake, but the lake is a reservoir so you can't swim in it. There is boating and boat rentals, though, and you can camp within 15 feet of the lake if you don't mind dry-camping. Not a lot of shaded sites, but you can dry camp on any open area. There is a store with everything you would need. It gets a little hot in the summer. There aren't any employees around at night to enforce rules, so there are often people making noise and/or running their generators after quiet time. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Date of Stay: February, 2006 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped in 34' motor home. Very quiet. Many permanent campers. Lots of low overhanging tree branches. Housekeeping very poor. There is a dry camping area that charges on a per person basis $3.00. Fishing in lake, California fishing license required. Boats available for rental. We camped at Lake Hemet Campground in a Motorhome.

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