Silverwood Lake Camping – All You Need To Know About Silverwood Lake
There are many places to choose for family outdoor holidays but the Silverwood Lake Recreational Area has something for everyone and could be a great option for families with kids as well as groups of friends who wish to spend some time together.
The Lake boasts excellent camping facilities, both developed and primitive, an abundance of activities, both on the lake and in the surrounding area, and all located in a stunning setting with the San Bernardino Mountains rising in the background.
Here is my guide to everything you might want to know about Silverwood Lake to help you organize your next camping trip there.
What and Where?
Silverwood Lake is an artificial reservoir in San Bernardino County, California, that was created in 1971 by the building of the Cedar Springs Dam on the West Fork of the Mojave River, thus inundating the former town of Cedar Springs.
The flooding of the area has created an outstanding recreation area with numerous outdoor activities available, both on the lake and in the surrounding area, and offers beautiful scenic views and varied flora and fauna.
The area was previously home to the Serrano people who lived in the San Bernardino Mountains and traded with their neighbors, the Mojave and Tongva tribes. Only just over 100 are still there today.
The lake has a 13km shoreline and a capacity of 73,000 acre feet and is fed by snowmelt and rain from the upper Feather River Basin.
There are many outdoor activities on offer at Silverwood Lake to suit any tastes. If you want to get out on the water, hit the trails or simply relax around a campfire drinking beer and barbequing meat, everything is possible. Here are a few examples of what is on offer:
Silverwood Lake is an area rich in animal and plant life and a wonderland for those keen on tracking down local flora and fauna.
Animals to look out for include California mule deer which are active in the morning. At night, gray foxes, coyotes and even mountain lions are known to hunt in the area. Black bears, bobcats and golden beavers are also present.
Smaller mammals include squirrels, rabbits, ringtails, chipmunks and wood rats while rattlesnakes, among others, represent the reptiles.
For keen ornithologists, there is an abundance of birdlife to spot. The stars are surely the bald eagles but the lake itself also plays host to great blue herons, snowy egrets, Canada geese and others while in the surrounding area, red-tailed hawks, ospreys and roadrunners can all be found.
Trees include ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir, black oak, mountain mahogany, willow and sycamore.
Silverwood Lake Recreation Area lies on Highway 138, 11 miles east of 1-15 and 20 miles north of San Bernardino and can be reached via either Highway 18 or 138.
Temperatures range from around 90-100°F during the hottest months between June and September to 30-60° from December to March.
Peak Season, Off Season and When To Go
The official summer runs from May 1st to September 30th. Winter is considered to be from October 1st to April 30th.
The most popular time of year is during the summer when the lake can be quite busy. During this time, boating and camping reservations are essential as everything quickly gets booked up. During the spring and fall, the park is not so busy and this a more peaceful time to visit.
Spring and fall are perhaps the best time to visit for fishing as there are likely to be fewer recreational craft on the lake.
During the summer season, the park kiosk is open from 6am - 9 pm. During the winter season, it is open from 7am - 7pm. Day use of the park is from 6am - 9pm.
RV and Camping Facilities
The park has almost 40 sites with RV hook-ups. There is also an RV dump station.
There is a convenience store at the park along with other shops including a fishing tackle and bait shop.
Car parking facilities exist for day use and the fee is $10 per day.
The park includes five accessible campsites. The restrooms and showers may be usable but assistance may be required.
Some of the trails are accessible, the marina has an accessible vista point and there are accessible fishing areas and picnic areas.
Silverwood lake isn’t a lost wilderness, it’s a developed outdoor recreational area with a full complement of facilities. It’s a fantastic place to head with your family or friends for some outdoor relaxation, water sports and fresh air.
This is not the place to come if you want to get right away from civilization and spend time alone in the woods – this is a popular destination that can get busy and noisy at times. But sometimes those kinds of places and those kinds of trips can be fun and this is a wonderful place to do it.
Have you ever been to Silverwood Lake? What did you think? What activities did you try? Did you manage to spot a bald eagle or maybe a black bear? I’d love to hear from you so why not leave me a comment? And if you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share!