Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(760) 389-2281

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 31 Feet

Park Hours

April 1 - September 30: 6 AM - 9 PM daily

October 1 - March 31:  7 AM - 7 PM daily

All vessels must be trailered by sunset

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots and on boats. Dogs not allowed on beach or in the water. 

Driving Directions to Silverwood Lake SRA

The park is located via Highway 138, 11 miles east of I-15; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138.

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Food Service
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Park/Campground Closure - March 2023

Silverwood Lake SRA has been experiencing numerous closures recently due to storms and road closures.  When SR-138 is closed between I-15 and Silverwood Lake, the park will close.  Please follow our social media outlets for the latest updates.  You can also check road conditions by visiting 
Campgrounds at Silverwood Lake SRA are currently closed while we repair damage from recent storms.  We anticipate opening campgrounds in the coming weeks as soon as they are cleared of debris and damage is mitigated.  Any reservations cancelled by the park will be given full refunds.  We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.   

Park Hours

Park Hours:

Open daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  All boats must be off the water at sunset. 

Nature Center is open Friday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Effective April 1, 2022, alcoholic beverage consumption is PROHIBITED in all Day-Use Areas of the park. 

Violators are subject to citation and possible ejection from the park. (CCR T14 4326)

Park Fees

Day Use: 

Regular:  $10 per vehicle

Summer Weekend and Holiday:  $20 per vehicle (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)

Boat Launch:  $10 per vessel.


Standard (no hook-ups):  $45 per night

RV (full hook-ups):  $50 per night

Hike and Bike:  $10 per night

Group Campsites (Valle, Barranca, Rio): $350 per night 

Miller Canyon Group Camp: $250 per night.

Attention Boaters!

Silverwood Lake SRA wishes to remind everyone of California's new law requiring boat operators to have a California Boating Card. The card is required for anyone under the age of 51 to operate a boat in California's waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well.

All vessels entering Silverwood Lake SRA will be inspected for standing water and quagga mussels. Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch and may be turned away from the park. Please ensure your vessel is cleaned of vegetation and organic material, drained of any and all standing water (including the outdrive and live wells), and completely dry. Any amount of water found may constitute a failure. We do not want you to fail this free inspection! (Click here for more information)

Water Quality and Blue Green Algae Blooms

No Advisories at this time

Warning:  A warning means that you should not swim.  Stay away from scum or algae, do not drink or use water for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water. 

Silverwood Lake S.R.A 

As with any lake, ocean, or river in the nation, Silverwood Lake's aquatic ecosystem cannot be compared to a swimming a pool that is treated with chemicals to ensure water quality.  If you choose to use the lake for swimming, keep in mind that natural lake processes occur and there may be times that the water quality for recreation may pose a health risk.  Recently, the Department of Water Resources began to test State facilities for the presence of harmful algae. Prior to 2013, there was no way to test for the presence of this naturally occurring event though it’s presumed all bodies of water have had past blooms Now that weekly testing is occurring, we will likely see tests results of future blooms of blue /green algae that may be harmful.  Some general guidelines regardless of any elevated test include: 

Do not drink the water and try not to get water in your mouth

Do not eat algae or aquatic plants

Do not let pets enter the water (They are not allowed in the water by regulation)

Do not go swimming if you have open wounds or cuts

Shower after using the lake

Humans who drink or swim in water that contains high concentrations of cyanobacteria or cyanobacterial toxins may experience gastroenteritis, skin irritation, and allergic responses.  In conjunction with the State Water Board and the Department of Water Resources, three levels of advisories have been established so visitors can be informed about the current water condition in a particular area. 

First Level = Caution:    A caution warning indicates that you can swim in the water but you should avoid contact with algae and keep children away from algae.  Do not drink the water or use it for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water 

Second Level= Warning:  A warning means that you should not swim.  Stay away from scum or algae, do not drink or use water for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water. 

Third Level= Danger:  Stay out of the water including wading.  Stay away from scum or algae, do not drink or use water for cooking.   Do not eat shellfish.  Do not allow pets to enter the water. 

These advisories are recommendations based upon testing results and CA State Parks will post them and update them weekly at the entrances to parking lots, lifeguard towers and other areas where body water contact occurs.

Current testing results / impacts:  None

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Camp Fires / BBQ

Campfires are allowed in the campground in park-provided fire rings.  Use of charcoal is allowed in park-provided grills in the campground and designated picnic areas.  Portable charcoal barbeques, ground fires, or other portable wood-burning fire pits or devices are not permitted due to potential fire danger.  Use of personal propane gas grills, stoves, lanterns, and heaters are allowed. 

During periods of high fire danger based on weather, and in accordance with fire restrictions issued by the United States Forest Service, Silverwood Lake SRA may impose a fire ban.  Check this website and our facebook page for updates.


The park is located off of Highway 138 and Cleghorn Road, 11 miles east of I-15 heading east; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138.
Silverwood Lake, CA  Click here to see a Google Map of Silverwood Lake SRA

For best results navigating to Silverwood Lake type in Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area or 13990 Sawpit Canyon Rd, Hesperia, CA, 92345 into your GPS device.

Additional Visitor Services
  • Sani-Star, LLC. (Automated RV Dump Fee Collection System)