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Diamond Valley Lake

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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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Great bloom

We went to see the wildflower bloom and were not disappointed. It was a stunning display of California Poppies and others with a variety of colors.

Reviewed 2 April 2017
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Murrieta, California
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 Pontoon Boat that Hollie graciously extended to us to make up for last time. She... More 

1 Thank John W
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank PLSSoCal
Redlands, California
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70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank JosephEllis
Sacramento, California, USA
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111 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 which was gorgeous. The next day we went to the other end of the lake... More 

1 Thank Dave T
Rio Vista, California
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385 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
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 thirty minutes of looking at the lake and the flowers. Also, took it down because... More 

1 Thank Crt1943
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

So to get to the place the cars are lined up to wait for their turns to get charged for admission. There are 2-3 people waiting at the entrance. It's $9 for parking and $2 each to hike. Overall we paid $13 for less than an hour trip. When asked why are they charging so much, their answer was, "it's... More 

Thank Curious_bystander
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We saw the beautiful photos of the wildflowers other people had taken, so we drove up from San Diego just to do the 2 mile hike around the poppy fields. It was march 20th. There was no information on the website saying they were closed certain days. When we got there the gate was closed and there was separate typed... More 

1 Thank DARRYL B
Hollie P, Public Relations Manager at Diamond Valley Lake, responded to this review

Dear Darryl B. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Diamond Valley Lake. We are sorry that you were not informed in advance that we are closed on Monday and Tuesdays. I do hope you consider returning again in the next few weeks as the wildflowers are really spectacular and they won't last long. Should you... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We went to see the wildflower bloom and were not disappointed. It was a stunning display of California Poppies and others with a variety of colors.

1 Thank sndovale
Placentia, California
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28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

With the heavy rains that California had, all sorts of wild flowers of various colors and shapes have made the area around the Lake look so beautiful. You pay for your pass at the visitor center at the entrance to the lake, and then hike. Many fishing and leisure boats were out in the lake. Be sure to bring a... More 

1 Thank Henry H
Jacksonville, Florida
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111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

The walk and the views around the lake would ordinarily be OK to pretty good, but with the winter and spring rains being higher than normal, rate the wild flowers spectacular.

Thank Bill C

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