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Winchester, California

Lake Skinner Recreation Area

Winchester, California



Winchester, California
Phone: (951) 926-1541

Sites: 241
Recent Rate: $31 4/2015

Latitude: 33.5910014863918
Longitude: -117.036870718002

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • 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) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $4.99 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 4.99
  • 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 yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • 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 no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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39 Reviews

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phs2200

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $31.00
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Overall this is a nice campground. Not a lot of trees at the sites, but a couple. We stayed in the B campground. This is great for people who are camping with friends because most sites in this section you are able to park two trailers so the doors open into the same picnic table area. But if you are camping by yourself, you may want to look at area A or C, these are normal spots with the picnic table area facing the backside of the next door trailer. Lake level is not that low compared to others places we have been in CA and good fishing. Theres a splash pad for the kids, younger ones enjoyed it more than my 12 year old. A big jungle gym to play on next to area A. It was windy most of our week long stay, but we would come back in the future. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Smokinghawk49

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $25.00
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Nice place to stay if spending some time in the Temecula area. The lake is about 1/4 mile from loop A. Very few in the campground Sunday through Thursday but full on Fridays & Saturdays. Probably don't need reservations other than Fiday or Saturday. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Visit wine country, casino, ocean 45 min drive.

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Metamorphosis Road

Review Count: 88
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $30.00
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Based on others reviews we chose a perimeter site in the C Loop, with the hope that the Friday night in our 3 night stay would be quiet. Turns out, a week before Thanksgiving, the entire park was never even half full; even the Friday night was relatively calm. The only sounds we heard at night were distant coyotes and owls, very peaceful and pleasant. Walking near the lake I was disappointed to see all the trash left behind by visitors and not picked up by park staff. Decent Verizon signal. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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usmcman

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

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $48.00
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To us, this is everything an RV campground should be: beautiful setting on a large lake surrounded by mountains. There is a large camp store, firewood, gas, diesel, and propane are available, rental boats, kayaks, and pontoon boats for fishing, spectacular sunsets, paved walking and bicycling trails. Because we stayed here on weekdays in January, the place was only about 10% filled so the rowdiness other reviewers had mentioned was nonexistent. The only downside is a very active and vocal group of coyotes who one night were literally surrounding our motorhome. Also, cell phone service is spotty and data service nonexistent, even with a Verizon JetPack. We will definitely camp here again. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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zzzya

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
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If you arrive on a weekday & with a 90 percent chance of getting a decent site, you can get real quality value from your efforts. Gate people said Wi-Fi was independently offered at $5 per day. Beautiful spring days only interrupted by a noisy electrical generator outlet the 1st night. Moved to another site & things proved fine. Management warned of the crowded weekend ahead. Sorry I missed it. I will come again on another weekday stretch. Nice hiking trails & green picnic/park. A wonderful view of the lake at sunset. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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biosensai

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $16.00
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Rate reflects Passport America. On this, our second visit in as many weeks, we find the campground delightfully vacant.  Besides the 4 campground hosts in our loop, there's never been more than 2 other rigs.  And, they appear, as do we, to be looking for a safe, quiet facility to relax in.  Which is what this campground is usually not during the weekends.  Those working in the park freely acknowledge this.  Even complain about it.  Seems reflective of today's society.  The campground rules clearly identify quiet hours.  As a financially blessed California taxpayer, I'm offended that the public use facilities seem to be too often catering to the lowest common denominator.  Ironically, I head to the local casino's campground for a quiet weekend retreat. Definitely use this campground on the weekdays (please be respectful of those around you as you want them to be of you), but unless your tolerance for inappropriate behavior exceeds mine, avoid it during the high use periods. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Blackhawkpro

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $30.00
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Very nice County park in Riverside California. Clean sites, very large sites. We stayed for New Years. I would recommend this park to anybody that is visiting the Temecula Wine Country. Nice fishing lake as well. Home of the Balloon and Wine Festival each year. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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DHTut

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $28.00
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We just love this place. Quiet with large sites and great fishing. I wish they would add Wi-Fi because we've been here 6 times this year. It is very relaxing. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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User1608

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $22.00
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They now have Wi-Fi that you can pay for. We have a hotspot so didn't use theirs. In a valley surrounded by mountains, beautiful. The sites are dirt/sand but there is grass other places. We enjoyed our time there and would camp there again. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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NiMo

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $20.00
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We actually stayed here in October of 2011 but I didn't know about this website to write a review and I feel so strongly that I need to warn people about this park. BEWARE! We will never stay here again unless there is no other option and then we would only stay here on Sunday - Thursday. We will park in a Walmart parking lot before we camp here again. On Friday and Saturday it turns into drunken partyville and the rangers go home at 10pm so they can't control it. Their information says that quiet hours are 10pm - 8am and that they are "strictly enforced." That is a bold-faced lie!!! They aren't here to enforce it and the park hosts just put in their ear plugs and turn on their white noise and ignore it. After several polite attempts to ask our "neighbors" to quiet down we had to pound on the door of the camp host at 1:30am. He was only 2 sites away so their is no way that he shouldn't have heard it. They did quiet down some after the host talked to them. The partiers obviously had been here before and they told us that they always come there and party until early morning and that "everyone does it." We didn't see any other lights on in the section we were in. The next day we complained to the rangers and they apologized and said that they would talk to the hosts. But like I said: they go home at 10pm so there is no enforcement of "quiet hours." The partiers left that next morning so the rangers never could have talked to them. Oh and by the way: we also got invaded by ants. If you have to stay here: talk to the rangers when you come in and tell them you are concerned about weekend parties and they probably know who they are so they could talk to them ahead of time. I would also talk with the park hosts ahead of time so they are forewarned that they will be awakened by me: if not the partiers. Beware!!! We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Meanderman

Review Count: 286
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $26.00
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Although a fair distance from the interstate, this large, well-maintained park is worth the stop for an overnight or extended stay. Three campground loops offer a full range of hookups, pull-through, and back-in sites and are ample in size. Interior roads are paved, sites are mostly level dirt with shade trees, tables, and a fire ring. The back-in sites have the advantage of being on the edge of large grassy fields. A fairly large store has a limited selection of groceries, and there's a cafe that is open on weekends. Plenty of bike and hiking trails, playgrounds, and room for kids. It was quiet during our stay during the week, but very busy, with lots of children, during the weekend. No wireless in the campground loops, but Verizon cell service and 3G, sometimes 4G, worked well. Very dark at night, and quiet during the week. A reasonable price for the area makes this an attractive stop. We'd stay here again. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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nosek

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $26.00
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Very nice country setting makes this park a come back again park. Beautiful lake. Large dirt parking spaces but very level. The bugs were an issue but that is normal for a true outdoor setting. A perfect park for family gatherings. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Old Detective

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
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A park with lots of grass and trees. There is a lake but no water contact is allowed. They have a children's water splash area that was a welcome relief for the kids in the 108 temps while we were there. Park is well maintained with boating and fishing available. They also have a store and restaurant there happened to be a concert on the weekend we were at this park and it was free to campers! A nice bonus to a good park One important note we made, even though it was very hot and the park was almost full, there was no electricity interruption. Made for a good air conditioned weekend for the oldsters while the youngsters played in the water. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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TedandJan

Review Count: 93
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $25.00
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We agree this is a very nice park. Large sites with 50 Amps. Kids climbing frames with slides. Summer splash park. Nice fishing lake. Small boat rentals. Very user friendly reservation web site. Web site shows site size, orientation, and availability. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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smogdodger

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $35.00
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This is a very good campground for the money. We camped by the grassy park area this last time, as opposed to by the lake. The campsites are large with plenty of room. Good local place to get away for a week-end stay. We will be back. We camped at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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