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Silverwood Lake is a Reservoir in San Bernardino, California.

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Silverwood Lake is a large reservoir in San Bernardino County, California, located on the west fork of the Mojave River in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was created in 1971 by the construction of the Cedar Springs Dam as a forebay on the 444-mile (715 km) long California Aqueduct, and has a capacity of 73,000 acre feet (90,000,000 m³).

Fishing Description: 

Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Trout, Catfish, Bluegill and Carp can be found in Silverwood Lake.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Spring and fall, when lake and waterskiing activity are minimal, provide the best fishing conditions. From February through early June, trout fishing is good, and the lake also has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and striped bass. In spring boat and shore fishing are available.

Recreational Activities: 

The lake offers camping, picnicking, boating, waterskiing, fishing, swimming, biking, and hiking.


The campground has 136 sites for tent camping and recreational vehicles. All site are non-hookup sites. Each site has a picnic table, fire-ring, and barbeque grill. A maximum of 8 people per site only! A minimum of 50 people constitutes as a group, there are only 2 group sites available. For family or group reservations please call (800) 444-7275. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and can be made up to 7 months in advance.

Boat Ramp: 

Any size boat may be launched at the paved boat ramp, which offers 7 lanes for your use.


California mule deer, gray foxes, coyotes, cottontail and brush rabbits, jackrabbits, western gray and ground squirrels, ring-tailed cats, skunks, chipmunks and wood rats thrive here. Mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and occasional golden beavers may be sighted along the Mojave River.

In winter bald eagles are occasionally seen gliding silently above the lake, fishing for their next meal. Water-oriented birds include great blue herons, snowy egrets, avocets, western grebes, loons, Canada geese, mergansers and several varieties of ducks.


Beginning April 1, all boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables, and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection. This inspection is to prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels. This invasive species threatens the recreational opportunities of the general public, the water delivery infrastructure of California, and the aquatic habitat of Silverwood Lake. These inspections are required to ensure the continued health and well being of Silverwood Lake. Failure to allow inspection of any watercraft will result in the refusal to launch.

All boats must be clean, drained, and dry!
Boats that fail inspection will will be quarantined from launching for 7 days.


April 1 through September 30 park hours are 6:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
October 1 through March 31 park hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
14651 Cedar Circle
Hesperia, CA 92345-9799
(760) 389-2303.

Directions to Lake: 

Via Highway 138, 11 miles east of I-15 or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138

Silverwood Lake
Waterbody type: 
San Bernardino
United States
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