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Wilderness Lakes RV Resort – Menifee, Calif.

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$49 (non-members)
  • 80%


Wilderness Lakes, an Encore Thousand Trails RV Resort, is located approximately 3.5 miles east of I-215 off Newport Road in Menifee, Calif. This is one of my favorite RV resorts because of the many positive features which are enjoyed by families and adults.

In the past, there was a large dairy with associated animal odors, flies and other insects that invaded the park. That dairy has been sold, moved and cleaned thereby reducing greatly the negative features created by living near a large herd of cows. However, a portion of the dairy acreage is now a subdivision.

Primary features of the resort are the narrow canals or lakes which are spaced so that RVs may be parked along the sides. Each lake is aerated, stocked with fish and serves as a home for a variety of waterfowl. Fishing is encouraged and permits may be obtained at the Wilderness Lakes store.

This resort has approximately 535 RV spaces. Approximately 150 sites have been upgraded to 50 amp service. The remainder of the sites offer 30 amp service. Many are pull-through sites and virtually all are well spaced. Leased sites are located around one of the canals and also in the rear of the park. In fact, I have leased one of the sites in the rear for 2015 and find it quiet and peaceful with less traffic and waterfowl than other sites. Eucalyptus trees and other shade trees are well dispersed throughout the park.

The resort is family-friendly and there are abundant children, dogs, cats and other pets at the resort. The usual RV resort rules including quiet hours, pick up after your pets, controlled fire pits and similar rules apply.

Temperatures are relatively mild and pleasant throughout most much of the year. During May/June 2014 and early April, 2015 the weather has been pleasant with daytime temperatures in the 80s and low 90s and very nice sleeping weather when the sun goes down.

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  • Two lodges, one for families and one for adults.
  • Family lodge has a kitchen from which meals are served two to three days per week.
  • A kid’s play room.
  • An activities office with loaning library are in the family lodge.
  • A family swimming pool and hot tub are near the family lodge.
  • Miniature golf.
  • Basketball court.
  • Nature center.
  • The adult lodge has a TV room, game room, administrative offices, large pool room, puzzle room, coffee daily and is well used by clients.
  • Near the adult lodge is a fitness center,
  • Tennis courts.
  • An adult swimming pool and hot tub.
  • Several horseshoe pits,
  • Volleyball court.
  • Tennis/pickleball courts.
  • Shuffleboard courts.
  • Tent and group camping sites.
  • Baseball/softball field.
  • Hiking trails begin at the Resort.
  • A park store is centrally located.
  • A large storage area is available at $75 per month as of spring 2015
  • Park models are available to rent.
  • Open year round


  • Ducks and geese and shorebirds defecate on the roads, on RVs and autos.
  • The park serves as a semipermanent home for workers and non-transients.
  • Children are abundant and often noisy during the summer season.
  • The park/country store and cafe are open only a few days per week.
  • Free Wi-Fi has been removed from the adult lodge and is very slow in the main lodge.

About Dr. Bob Gorden

Dr. Bob Gorden is an RVer, hiker and writer. He has a PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is a retired research scientist from the University of Illinois Natural History Survey. He has owned and operated more than 55 RVs of various types, and has visited every state, except Hawaii, in his RV. He also traveled by RV in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. He currently owns and travels in a 1978 GMC 26-foot Class A and 2013 Thor ACE 30.1 Class A motorhome. He has a compelling desire to be “On the Road Again!”

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