Contact Number

  • (760) 389-2281

Park Accessibility Information

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

    Nature Center Hours:  Fri., Sat., Sun. 10am-4pm

Park Activities

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Dogs allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots and on boats. Dogs not allowed on beach or in the water. 
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
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding

Park Facilities

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Food Service
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals

Park Directions

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

Welcome to Silverwood Lake SRA

Welcome to Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, where nature's beauty meets outdoor adventure! Nestled in the scenic foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, Silverwood Lake offers a pristine oasis for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and nature lovers alike. Whether you're seeking thrilling water sports, peaceful hiking trails, or simply a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area has something for everyone.

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Basic Information

Click on the dropdown boxes to learn about the parks fees, accepted passes, park address, and operating hours.

Day Use Fees

  • Regular: $10 per vehicle
  • Senior: $9.00 per vehicle (ages 62+)
  • Summer Weekend and Holiday: $20 per vehicle (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
  • Summer Senior Rate: $19.00 per vehicle (ages 62+)
  • Boat Launch: $10 per vessel.
  • Small Bus: $30
  • Large Bus: $60
Please pay kiosk attendant (credit card and cash accepted *exact change is appreciated) or with the Yodel parking app.

 

Camping Fees

  • Standard (no hook-ups): $45 per night
    • Additional Vehicle: $10.00
  • RV (full hook-ups): $50 per night
    • Additional Vehicle: $10.00
  • Hike and Bike: $10 per night
  • Group Campsites (Valle, Barranca, Rio): $350 per night
  • Miller Canyon Group Camp: $250 per night.
  •  *Reservable through ReserveCalifornia.com

Passes

The following State Park Passes are accepted at Silverwood Lake SRA:

  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass*
  • Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass*
  • CA State Parks Boat Pass*
  • Golden Bear Pass
  • Limited Use Golden Bear Pass (not valid Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day)*
  • Disabled Discount Pass (1/2 price day use and camping)
  • Distinguished Veteran Pass
  • Library Pass (must have Library hang tag)

* Can be purachased at the Kiosk

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

Nature Center Hours: Fri., Sat., Sun. 10am-4pm

13990 Sawpit Canyon Rd, Hesperia, CA, 92345
 
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.
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Alcohol - 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). 

Inflatable Rafts -  Inflatable floats, boats, pool toys, tubes, rafts, loungers and kayaks are prohibited. *Does not pertain to kayaks, inflatable boats, paddle boards or float tubes outside the swim area.

Drones - The use of powered unmanned aircraft, drones, or other remote controlled aerial devices is prohibited within the park's boundaries.

Campfires & BBQs - 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.  

Camping - A maximum of three vehicles (including towed vehicle) are and 8 persons are allowed to occupy a family campsite. onsecutive occupancy limits for all campgrounds at Silverwood Lake SRA are as follows: April 1 – September 30: 14 consecutive nights, October 1 – March 31: 30 consecutive nights.

Scuba Diving - Scuba Diving is prohibited at Silverwood Lake SRA.

Dogs - Dogs are permitted on all trails but must be on leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the water.  

Fishing - Anglers must possess a California State Fishing License inorder to fish at Silverwood Lake. Fishing is prohibited in any designated swim area, from a vessel within the area designated as the marina, and from any launch ramp, courtesy dock, or from a boat moored to the courtesy doc.

Day Use Parking - Vehicles parked within the park must remain on the pavement at all times. Parking off-road and within a designated campsite is prohibited. Parking in the Sawpit Boat Lot is restricted to vehicles displaying proof of payment of State Park Boat Fees when posted. Vehicles parking outside the park are restricted from parking along off/on-ramps and in emergency parking zones. 

Hunting- Hunting is prohibited at Silverwood Lake SRA; possession of firearms, bows and arrows, slingshots, or other weapons is prohibited. 

Boating - Silverwood Boating Rules are as follows:

  • A California Boating Card is required for anyone under the age of 61 to operate a boat in California's waters, which includes Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and all other inland waterways as well. Learn more at http://californiaboatercard.com/
  • No vessel shall launch that has not been inspected for dreissenid mussels or have a properly attached inspection re-entry seal.
  • No vessel shall attempt to launch which has failed inspection and/or is subject to a dry-out period.
  • No person shall tamper with an inspection seal
  • The maximum speed on the lake is 35mph
  • 5mph is the maximum speed within buoy lines, before sunrise or after sunset, during restricted visibility
  • Water skiing, wake boarding, inflatables and all other towable aqua planes may only be towed behind a vessel in the open zone at the north end of the lake. No towing in the channel.
  • All vessels must travel in a counterclockwise direction in the open zone at the north end of the lake
  • No vessels shall enter buoyed swim areas
  • Submersible vessels are not allowed
  • Vessels shall not operate if the lake has met maximum capacity.
  • Vessels with less than 6 inches of freeboard may not operate in gale warning conditions (wind 39mph +)
  • No vessel shall operate in full gale wind conditions (55mph +)

 

A full list of the park's posted orders is available here: SILVERWOOD LAKE POSTED ORDERS

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Quagga and zebra mussels are small invasive freshwater mussels. These small mussels have the ability to rapidly reproduce, sticking onto both boats and lake infrastructure used to transport drinking water, causing millions of dollars of damage. To help keep our reservoir free of these invasive species, all vessels must be inspected before entering the lake. Your boat must be cleaned, drained, and dry upon inspection in order to pass. Any water, including rain and hose water due to our inability to test the water, will be subject to a failed inspection. If water or mussels are found, the boat will be placed on a eight day quarantine in which boaters will be unable to launch from both Silverwood Lake, Lake Perris, and Diamond Valley Lake. Learn more on our boating page

Water Quality and Blue Green Algae Blooms

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Current Advisory Level :   No Advisory

Silverwood Lake, like other natural bodies of water, may experience natural algae blooms. Algae blooms are rapid increases in algae populations in water bodies, often due to nutrient pollution. They can produce toxins harmful to humans and wildlife.The Department of Water Resources, the agency responsible for managing the water at Silverwood Lake, conducts weekly tests for harmful algae, enhancing our ability to detect potential risks to swimmers. Some general guidelines regardless of current advisories 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.  Wash filets of caught fish with clean water before cooking.

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.

For more information, visit https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/what/index.html

Marina Store and Boat Rentals

Silverwood Lake offers boat rentals, dry storage, wet slips, fishing licenses, and more through our park concessionaire, Explorus. The marina store also provides ice, firewood, snacks, camping equipment, boating fuel, and other recreation supplies. For information about boat rental prices, boat slip reservations, and more, visit the concessionaires website.

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