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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(760) 389-2281

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet

Park Hours

Park is open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

As a result of the extreme fire danger caused by the prolonged drought, California State Parks is implementing restrictions at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area effective, Monday, June 29, 2015, until the fire season is over.

Fire restrictions and guidelines include:
  • Backcountry areas and the Miller Canyon Day Use Area are closed to the public.
  • Open fires, including campfires and barbecues, are prohibited. Portable propane or gas stoves are still permitted for cooking within designated campsites and day use areas.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Smoking is only permitted within designated areas of developed facilities or vehicles.

These restrictions are in conjunction with similar restrictions put in place by the U.S. Forest Service.

Starting November 1, 2015, the Cleghorn, Sawpit Beach (Lots 1 thru 3), and Black Oak  Day Use areas will be closed to the public until March 30, 2016 for the winter season.  The main boat launch parking will be open to the public for park use.  If you have any questions, please call the Silverwood Sector Office.  

Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam.  At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project.  The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing.  The lake has trout, large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill.  There is a marina with a launching ramp, boat and equipment rentals, and a store.  The park has picnic areas, including three that can only be reached by boat.  The lake attracts waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.  Canada Geese and an occasional bald eagle can be seen in the area.

Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is the jewel in the crown of America's scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states.  The trail passes through five California State Parks:  Castle Crags and McArthur-Burney Falls in Northern California; and Silverwood Lake, Anza Borrego Desert and Mt. San Jacinto in Southern California.

Pacific Crest Trail Association


All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables, and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection. This inspection is to prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels. This invasive species threatens the recreational opportunities of the general public, the water delivery infrastructure of California, and the aquatic habitat of Silverwood Lake. These inspections are required to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of Silverwood Lake. Failure to allow inspection of any watercraft will result in the refusal to launch.

All boats must be clean, drained, and dry!
If you fail inspection you will not be able to launch for 7 days!
Click here to find out more about vessel inspections.

Quagga Zebra Mussel
Click the above link for more information on Quagga Mussels!


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

Available Activities and Facilities at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

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
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Food Service
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible