Launching is currently available at the East Marina only. Launch Fee is $6. Only boats with four-stroke engines or 2001 and later model direct-injection two strokes that comply with CARB emission requirements are allowed.
Only gasoline free of the additive MTBE is allowed. Boats containing MTBE fuel will be turned away. The California Air Resources Board has reported that MTBE was removed from all gasoline refined for sale in California in Nov. 2003. Therefore, all gasoline must be purchased in California and proof of purchase will be required for boats with out-of-state registration. Refueling is prohibited except in designated areas.
Sail, electric and man-powered boats are permitted. Float tubes and kayaks are not allowed. Rental boats are available at the marina. Visit Diamond Valley Boating Rules and Diamond Valley Marina Website for additional boating info.
"All boats-power boats, fishing boats, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and certain types of catamarans-and respective engines must pass inspection and be registered to be allowed on the lake."
- Diamond Valley Lake Marina - 8am to 3pm daily.
- Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road, Temecula. 6am to 2pm daily.
The lake has been stocked with large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, red-eared sunfish, blue and channel catfish and rainbow trout. There are also a few striped bass and crappie here which entered through the aquaduct. Fishing permits are $3 per person. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.
Fish Planting History:
Fish stockings began back in 1998 in an 80-acre rearing pond at the reservior site. A total of 217 Florida-strain largemouths to 8-pounds were captured, mostly from Hodges lake in San Diego, and released into the pond. Also included were stockings of 15,000 Florida bluegill, 17,000 northern bluegill, 10,000 redear sunfish and at least 2,000 fingerling largemouth bass. As the lake rose during the filling process in 2000, the rearing pond became submerged, releasing the bass and panfish into the reservior. At this time channel and blue catfish, crappie, smallmouth bass (2,200 in the 6-12 inch range), and rainbow trout (as many as 300,000) were planted. To provide forage for these fish, silverside minnows, shiners, tule perch and two types of crawfish were also included in the plantings. In 2001, an additional 1,500 1-pound rainbow trout and 500 4-5 pound rainbows were also introduced.
According to Mike Giusti, DFG Biologist assigned to the Diamond Valley Fishery, the fish in the reservior have experienced a tremendous growth rate. There was a successfull bass spawn in 1999 and by the end of 2001 these fish had reached close to 5-pounds each. The rainbow trout that were planted in Nov. and Dec. of 2000 were small sub-catchables consisting of 6 to 15 fish to the pound. By May of 2001 these fish were in the 1.5-pound range! Although the DFG is trying to keep them out, striped bass have also made their way into the lake and specimens to 8-pounds have already been caught.