RV Camping Lake Skinner

RV Camping at Lake Skinner Recreation Area (Winchester, CA)

Whether you are a tent camper, hauling a trailer, or cruising the country in an RV, Lake Skinner is a must-stop. Tucked in between the San Jacinto Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the broad sweeping campground is ripe with activities— both at the campground and in the city of Temecula, California — right around the bend.

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RV Camping at Lake Skinner Recreation Area – Things to Know

The campground itself is split into three arms, all level, ideal for “drive through” set up. Full hook-ups, partial, or dry camping are all available, depending on your preference (accessible for reservation through the county of Riverside, California web site).

lake skinner campground mapFull showers are available between campsites, as are washers and dryers up at the main camp center.

An aquifer, the lake has no body contact allowed. However, pontoon and skiffs can be rented for cruising the lake or fishing for bass, striper, or trout. Multiple hidden coves and inlets provide private beaches for shore fishing. Picnic tables surround, as do the broad, grassy hills.

Each separate campground borders on a large swath of grass, ideal for kite flying, bocce ball, volleyball, or tossing a Frisbee. The county has also provided an “all ages” jungle gym, with curling twisty-slide, climb-across stepping poles, elaborate enough to keep even pre-teens entertained. If that doesn’t suit, try renting bikes, a “four-seater bike car.” Then, there’s always the arcade or karaoke at Sweet Lu’s Barbecue (usually open on weekend nights) will surely please. Nights can be spent under the crystal clear, California sky—fire rings are present in each site, and if you forgot your firewood, you can pick some up at the well-stocked camp store.

Is Temecula City Worth Seeing?

If you choose to venture out, the city of Temecula is ripe with activities. The old town is filled with restaurants, boutique shops, and antique stores. You’ll dive into that old west feel, as you stroll down plank wood sidewalks and can even see a wild west show on a Saturday afternoon. On Saturday mornings, you’ll find the farmers market abuzz with activity. You can fill your basket with fresh produce and armfuls of growers bunches from area florists. Artisans display their wares, everything from jewelry to fine art.

Temecula wineriesTemecula is most famous for the plethora of wineries tucked into the rolling hillsides and valleys in between. Temecula is renowned for its similarity to the Piedmont region of northern Italy, and the ability to grow and harvest Italian red grapes. Wineries offer everything from five-star dining and spa treatments – such as those you’ll find at South Coast Winery – lunches under a cool patio, like you’ll find at Ponte Vineyard – or outdoor movie experiences you can enjoy at Miramonte. Most weekends offer jazz or blues bands playing on outdoor patios, where you can taste phenomenal area wines and take in excellent music while the sun sets out over the Pacific Ocean.

Close by:

  • The Pacific Ocean, and the city of San Diego—40 miles southwest
  • Disneyland in the city of Anaheim—less than an hour’s drive to the north
  • The city of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Universal Studios — 90 miles northwest.

If you time your visit right, book a champagne breakfast ride on a hot air balloon. Early June is the annual Balloon and Wine Festival; hundreds of balloons take to the skies. (Dry RV camping for the event is booked months in advance, however, watch for sites such as Craigslist or eBay for spots for sale).

Temecula hot air balloon

Main stage bands performing in 2009 include: James Otto, Chuck Wicks, Sugar Ray, Scandal (featuring Patty Smyth), and Starship. Every winery is represented, and for a meager entry fee, you can stroll through the fairgrounds. For slightly more, you can enjoy the feasts of food and wine pairings as prepared by award-winning chefs.

Here you can actually see whole Lake Skinner Recreation Area Campground area in 360 Video Tour.

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Backpacking / Hiking Meal Tips

Hiking Meal Tips

Preparation is key. The most common mistake hiker’s make is bringing too much food for short trips and too little food for long trips.

Writing up a meal plan is the best way to make sure you won’t forget anything crucial as well as making the actual meal preparation simpler. Write out what you want to have each day and bring it with you. A little forethought goes a long way and is never a waste of time.

hiking mealSimple overnight trips leave your menu fairly wide open. Fresh foods aren’t a problem so you can have quite the feast if you don’t mind carrying it. For trips of 3 to 4 days, you’ll need to be a bit more careful and diligent about what you pack.

A good rule is to pack what you’ll eat and eat what you pack. It’s probably not the best time to experiment with new foods. Stick to what you like and know you’ll eat. An upset stomach or lower intestine is not fun on the trail.

Dehydrated foods can save a lot of weight but aren’t always the tastiest. Having at least one “backup” meal wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Cooking at altitude can be tricky and you wouldn’t want to ruin the only meal you had for the night!

Make sure that you pack out all your trash. A good way to reduce the amount of waste is to repackage foods that you buy, as they tend to come with a lot of extra packaging from the store.

purifying WATER on the Trail

There are essentially three different ways in which to purify your water while on the trail. These being, boiling, chemical disinfectants and water filters.

  • Probably the most effective way to purify your water is by boiling. The rule used to be that you should boil the water 3-5 minutes, now we know that merely bringing it to a boil is enough to kill whatever cooties might inhabit it. This can be a lengthy process, however.
  • Another, more simple option is the use of chemical tablets such as iodine and chlorine. While quick and easy, these can leave your water tasting less than pleasant. Adding a powdered drink mix can help, but even then it’s often a nose-pinching process to get it down. (Perhaps this is just a particularly scarring childhood memory for me.)
  • Water filters seem to be the most popular method as the flavor is maintained and some say actually improved by the use of a filter. (How do you improve on fresh from the earth?) There are many different brands and types of these so further research are necessary in order to choose the type most effective for your personal use.

Take it from this one-time victim of giardia, whatever method you use is well worth the effort!

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