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, large mouth 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.
Camping— The Mesa Campground has 136 family sites with tables, grills, and fire rings. Each campsite has an eight-person limit. Restrooms and showers are nearby. Seven walk-in sites are for bicyclists and hikers. Three group sites have barbecues, tables, and restrooms with showers. These siteseach hold up to 120 people and 30 cars. Miller Canyon’s three group sites (without showers) hold 40 people and 20 vehicles.
Boating— The northern part of the lake has a waterski area; a marina and launch ramps are at the south end. Boats are inspected.
Hiking/Bicycling— The park has 13 miles of paved hiking and bicycling trails. Bicyclists under 18 years of age must wear safety helmets. Watch for trail debris, slow down around blind curves, and carry water.
Waterskiing— Only commercially designed water floats, aquaplanes, wakeboards or waterskis are permitted. Tow lines must not exceed 90 feet. Do not tow non-commercial inflatable equipment such as rubber rafts and inner tubes.
Swimming— Two swim beaches are located at the southern end of the lake. Lifeguards are on duty daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Fishing— The best fishing conditions are in spring and fall, when lake and boating activity are minimal. From February through early June, trout fishing is good; the lake also has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and striped bass. In spring, boat and shore fishing are available. All anglers 16 years of age or older must carry a valid California fishing license.
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing