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In the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, Silverwood Lake Recreation Area is located on State Highway 138, approximately 45 minutes from the High Desert, and reaches an elevation of 3,378 feet above sea level.
This lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam, which holds back the waters of the west fork of the Mojave River as it passes through the San Bernardino Mountains.
Silverwood Lake is the perfect day trip outing with temperatures averaging between 90 and 100 degrees from June to September, with dry breezes prevailing during the summer months.
The lake waters begin in California's upper Feather River Basin as rain or snow melt. From the water storage facility at Lake Oroville, the water is released in regulated amounts, flowing down the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, joins the 444-mile State Water Project, and ends in the mirror reflection of Silverwood Lake.


  • Camping - The Mesa Campground has 136 family sites with tables, grills, and fire rings. Restrooms and showers are nearby. Larger group sites are also available.

  • Boating - The northern part of the lake as a waterski area; a marina and launch ramps are at the south end. Boats and Personal Watercraft are inspected upon entering.

  • Hiking/Bicycling - 13 miles of paved hiking and bicycling trails make for a great family adventure. Bicyclists under 18 years of age must wear safety helmets.

  • Swimming - Two swim beaches are located at the southern end of the lake. Lifeguards are on duty.

  • Fishing - During the Spring and Fall when boating activity is minimal is when fishing conditions are the best. All anglers 16 years of age or older must carry a valid California fishing license.

    For boat launch and camping reservations visit or 800-444-7275

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Silverwood Lake: About
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