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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 34.304700 / Longitude: -117.312500

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Camping Guide Continued

The campground at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area has 136 campsites, each with a table, barbecue grill and access to bathrooms and showers. All sites are non-hookup sites. A maximum of 8 people per site only! A minimum of 50 people constitutes as a group, there are only 2 group sites available. Campsites 1 thru 95 are available by reservation. Reservations are recommended year round because each reservation is site specific. Rio, Valle and Barranca group camps are available for reservations.

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service! This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range of the Kiosk located at the entrance of the Park. Starting April 1st the Park moves to summer hours and will be open 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. all week long. October 1st thru March 31 park hours are 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

  • Showers are coin-operated using quarters.
  • There is a maximum of 8 people per family site at any time day or night, infants and children are counted as a person.
  • Camping fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer. Extra vehicles will be charged an additional fee per night when they arrive at the park. Boating reservation fees do not cover entry fees for vehicles or vessels, these fees will be collected upon arrival.
  • You may now reserve 7 months in advance for the use of the lake.
  • The lake is within hiking distance from campsites. There are no lakeshore campsites.
  • All campers and boaters must wait in line to register and obtain a park pass.
  • If you need SPECIAL ASSISTANCE please contact the park prior to your arrival. There are no hook-ups to run medical devices. Your site will be mixed with tent campers so generator hours need to be observed. We can assist you with prior notice.
  • Family Campgrounds: Reservations are year round.
  • Boat Use: Reservations are year round and these reservations are for your vessels.
  • For boat or boat slip rental info, call the marina at (760) 389-2299.
  • If you have a family camp site reservation, you do not need a Boat Use reservation, unless you arrive on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday. Boat reservations are very strongly recommended due to possible sellout conditions.
  • Group Sites: Reservations for the group camps are as follows:
    • Valle Group (year round)
    • Miller Canyon Groups I, II, III (04/1-9/30)
    • Barranca Group (04/1-9/30)
    • Rio Group (04/1-9/30)
    • Barranca Group, Rio Group, and Miller Canyon Group I, II, III are closed during winter 10/01 - 03/31.
    • Rio Group, when open, may be reserved by campers with or without horses.
    • To book a Group site, you must have at least NINE occupants
Location – Directions

Silverwood Lake SRA
Hesperia CA 92345
Phone: 760-389-2281

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

Points of Interest & Attractions

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, largemouth 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.

For your convenience there is a marina which will provide you with grocery items, ice, hot and cold drinks, snacks, toys, swimming apparel, camping goods, and firewood. In addition, the marina provides daily California Department of Fish & Game fishing licenses, bait and tackle, a boat rental fleet of motorboats and patio boats, wet slips, and dry storage spaces for the monthly or nightly visitor. Any size boat may be launched at the paved boat ramp, which offers 7 lanes for your use. The maximum lake speed limit is 35 mph.

The park features 2 swimming beaches, 4 picnic areas, 3 of which can only be reached by boat, nearly 100 miles of paved and/or unpaved trails, 6 miles which are along the southern end of the lake, or you can sit and watch the wildlife that Silverwood Lake attracts, such as waterfowl, raptors, songbirds and the occasional Canadian Geese or Bald Eagle.

Fishing is excellent at Silverwood Lake. Anglers 16 years of age or older must purchase a California Department of Fish & Game fishing license. Regular trout plants take place throughout the year by the California Department of Fish and Game. Other species of fish include Largemouth Bass, Stripper Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and Channel Catfish which bite throughout the year. You can call the marina for the most recent fish report. You may also call (562) 594-7268 (562) 594-7268 for pre-recorded trout plant information.

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.

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