Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

EFFECTIVE (Oct. 9, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area:

What is open now?
  • The park is open for day-use 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Campground are open. Maximum number per campsite is 8 people, 3 vehicles. For more information about camping, visit To make a reservation, visit or call 800-444-7275. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of arrival date.
  • The following activities are available: boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and swimming.
  • Boat-in and Boat beaching areas

What is currently closed?
  • Group Camping.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit

Phone Number

(760) 389-2281

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

Open daily 7 AM - 7 PM

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.

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.

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


 All wood and charcoal campfires and grills are restricted at this time in all areas of Silverwood Lake S.R.A. including campgrounds.  These restrictions are due to dangerous weather and fire conditions and in cooperation with current San Bernardino County Forest restrictions.  Propane or natural gas grills, fire pits, heaters and lanterns are permitted in designated campsites.

Attention Campers

Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Silverwood Lake has been experiencing Southern California Edison Public Safety Power Shutoffs during red flag and high wind events likely to increase fire danger.  During these events, the park will remain open, however power service can be interrupted for an unknown duration of time.  If power service is interrupted, there will be no electric hook-ups, no streetlights, no lights in restrooms and no hot water. Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips properly by taking flashlights, lanterns, and batteries or generators for RVs and trailers.  For updated information on areas that could be affected by these shutoffs, visit  Silverwood Lake SRA is in San Bernardino County and listed under the “Cedar Pines Park” Edison service area.

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 Forrest Service, Silverwood Lake SRA may impose a fire ban.  Check this website and our facebook page for updates.

Park Hours

Open Daily 7:00am - 7:00pm. All vessels must be trailered before sunset.

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 36 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

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:  No Advisories


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Silverwood Lake SRA Limit of Take


Possession Limit

Size Limit

Striped Bass



Largemouth Bass


15 Inches


25 (combined with any other sunfish)



5 (combined with any other trout species)






25 (combined with any other sunfish)






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.


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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