Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(760) 389-2281

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
Day Use: 6 AM - 9 PM
Boating: 6 AM - Sunset

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.

Camping and Lodging

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.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Water Quality and Blue Green Algae Blooms

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:

Sawpit Beach - Caution

Cleghorn Beach - No Advisory

https://water.ca.gov/News/News-Releases/2019/August-19/Silverwood-Lake-Algal-Bloom-Reduces-to-Caution-Level

Park Hours

 Silverwood Lake SRA is open 6:00am to 9:00pm daily. All vessels must be off of the lake and trailered before sunset.

Attention Boaters!

As we get closer to summer and boating season approaches, 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 25 to operate a boat in California's waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well. http://californiaboatercard.com/

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)

Camping at Silverwood Lake

Mesa Campgrounds (Click here for map)

Each campsite in Mesa Camp Groups includes a table, BBQ and fire ring. These sites hold up to 8 persons including children and 3 vehicles. The reservation include 1 per paid vehicle. Each additional vehicle is $10.00 per night. CLICK HERE FOR RESERVECALIFORNIA WEBSITE

Campsite with Hook-ups

$50.00

Campsite no Hook-ups

$45.00

Seniors (Discount)

-$2.00

Additional Vehicle

$10.00

Hike and Bike

$5.00

                                                                       

Check out is at 12:00 Noon

Maintenance cleans campsites from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM 

Check in is at 2:00 PM

 

Large Group Camps (close proximity to the lake) (Click here for map)

Valle, Barranca and Rio group camp are located ¼ mile west of the park office on Cleghorn Road. Each of these sites accommodates a maximum of 100 persons and 30 vehicles. These sites include tables, BBQ, large fire ring and shade ramada. They also include showers and restrooms on site. CLICK HERE FOR RESERVECALIFORNIA WEBSITE

 

Valle Group Camp

$325.00 Per Night

Barranca Group Camp

$325.00 Per Night

Rio Group Camp

Closed for season

 

Large Group Camps (4 miles from lake) (Click here for map)

Miller Canyon I, II and III are located 4 miles from the park entrance. Each of these sites accommodates a maximum of 40 persons and 20 vehicles. These sites include tables, BBQ and restrooms. Miller Canyon I, II and III do not have showers. Discounts do not apply for group camping. CLICK HERE FOR RESERVE CALIFORNIA WEBSITE

 

Miller Canyon I

$200.00 Per Night

Miller Canyon II

$200.00 Per Night

Miller Canyon III

$200.00 Per Night

Fishing

Silverwood Lake SRA Limit of Take

Type

Possession Limit

Size Limit

Striped Bass

10

None

Largemouth Bass

2

15 Inches

Crappie

25 (combined with any other sunfish)

None

Trout

5 (combined with any other trout species)

None

Catfish

10

None

Bluegill

25 (combined with any other sunfish)

None

Carp

None

None

 

Complete Fish and Wildlife Regulations are available at California Department of Fish and Wildlife website

 

Anglers 16 years and older must have a valid California State Fishing License in their possession.

Summer Visitation

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area experiences high visitation beginning in April and continuing through October. On holidays and all summer weekends, the park may fill to capacity and, if so, will be closed. Please note that if you park on the Highway 138 on or off ramps, or are blocking any part of the roadway outside of the park, your vehicle may be subject to citation or tow. If you arrive and find the park entrance closed, please return at a later time, typically after 4:00pm. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Location-Directions

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

 

Camp Fires / BBQ

Campfires are allowed in designated campfire rings in the campgrounds only. Charcoal BBQ's are allowed in the established BBQ's in the Day Use areas and the campgrounds. No groundfires are permitted in the day use areas or anywhere outside of the provided campfire rings.

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