Open daily 6 AM - 9 PM
All vessels must be trailered by sunset
Current Water Quality Advisory is at Warning Advisory. Due to the advisory, swim beaches are closed and swimming is not permitted.
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: Warning
For more information, visit https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/what/index.html
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 41 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)
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 Forrest Service, Silverwood Lake SRA may impose a fire ban. Check this website and our facebook page for updates.
Open Daily 6:00am - 9:00pm. All vessels must be trailered before sunset.
Nature Center Open Thurs-Sun 10 am to 4 pm.
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.
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
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