Fishing in Idyllwild

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Lake Fulmor in fog. Photo by Ellen Feeley

LAKE HEMET

Lake Hemet, the largest lake in the San Jacinto Mountains, is a fisherman’s paradise, stocked throughout most of the year with rainbow trout by the State Department of Fish and Game. Natural channel catfish, big-mouth bass and bluegill also provide good sport fishing.

Located at an elevation of 4,340 feet, the lake is 1-1/2 miles long, 1/2 mile wide and 135 feet deep when full.

The lake is about 4 miles east of Mountain Center on Highway 74 in Garner Valley. It is owned and operated by the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District.

Two public recreation areas are on the lake’s shores.

The U.S. Forest Service maintains a picnic area for day use only along the north shore. The entrance is west of Lake Hemet Market, on Highway 74. You do need an Adventure or Recreation Pass to park in the Forest Service area. See the section, “Adventure Pass,” on page 30 in this magazine for more information.

The water district also owns and operates the Lake Hemet Campground. It has been open to the public on a fee basis for more than 30 years along the north shore, toward the eastern end of the lake.

The campground also encourages family recreation, with a water playground, camping, picnic areas, boating and kayaking along with fishing. No swimming or water skiing is allowed because they conflict with fishing.

Lake Hemet offers scenic mountain views and quiet lakeside mo­ments to many visitors to the Hill area.

Contact the camp­ground personnel at (951) 659-2680 for more information.

LAKE FULMOR

About 10 miles north of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Lake Fulmor is stocked with trout by the Department of Fish and Game from spring through summer.

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