Lake Skinner Recreation Area


Lake Skinner Recreation Area is located in the rolling hills of Winchester, CA. It offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including a picnicking, splash pad, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, and fishing. It also has a good campground located at the park or few campgrounds located in the local vicinity. 


Lake Skinner Recreational Area provides any van or RV nomad a fun and adventurous place to explore and stay at. Activities at the lake include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and exploring.

The park area consists of two shade shelters, picnic benches, and barbecues throughout the park for picnics and other gatherings. There is also a camp store that is well stocked and can meet most of van your needs.

Lake Skinner

The main attraction of the park is the lake. The lake allows you to take a boat out and fish for bass, carp, trout, catfish, and bluegill. Although there is no swimming allowed, there is a marina that provides rentals. 


There are a few good trails located in the recreational area that you can enjoy. The trails are easy and not that long. The main trails are:

  • Lake Skinner Loop Trail
  • Lake Skinner Trail


Lake Skinner Campground offers a great place to park the van and RV and spend a few days enjoying the lake. The campground has 257 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents with 199 full hook-ups, 18 with water and electric hook-ups, and 40 have only water hook-ups.

  • Developed campsite: $30 per night
  • Developed site with water and electric hook-up: $40 per night
  • Full hook-up site: $50 per night Weekly rates are available

References and Other Adventures


Warner Springs Gliderport

Warner Springs Airport is one of the premier glider ports in Southern California and is located a mile north of Warner Springs. If you have ever dreamed about soaring among the birds and clouds without an engine, then flying in a glider is for you. Located at Warner Springs Airport is Sky Sailing. They offer glider rides, tours, and instructions every day of the week.

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Skydive Perris

Skydive Perris is a fun place to visit for any van lifer looking to jump out or watch other jump out of a perfectly good airplane. As one of the biggest skydive center in southern California, Skydive Perris offers everything from actual skydiving lessons, indoor skydiving, cafe, and much more.

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