Lake Perris State Recreation Area is your closest "beach". It's a lot of fun! Also, Lake Gregory up by Lake Arrowhead offers swimming and paddleboating. Have you been to either?

Ahem... you've just given me a great idea for an article....

I'm in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley, so we're not so far away from each other!

"....and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - John Lennon