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San Bernardino National Forest
Recreational ActivitiesBoating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, hiking, bicyling, and swimming are all popular activities. Several picnic areas surround the lake, including three which are accessible only by boat. Rangers lead activities such as nature walks, Junior Rangers, campfire programs and winter boat tours to view bald eagles.
CampingThe Mesa Campground has 136 family sites, each with a table, barbecue grill and fire ring. Restrooms and showers are nearby. There are seven sites for bicyclists and hikers, and five accessible sites. The group campsites have barbecues, tables and restrooms with showers. Each will accommodate 120 persons and 30 cars.
Hiking/BicyclingThe park has 13 miles of paved hiking and bicycling trails. Bicyclists under 18 years of age must wear safety helmets. Riders should watch for sand and debris on the trail, slow down around blind curves, and carry plenty of drinking water. Boating—The northern part of the lake has an area for waterskiing, and a marina and launch ramps are located at the southern end.
WaterskiingOnly aquaplanes or waterskis are permitted. Tow lines must not exceed 90 feet. Inflatable equipment, such as rubber rafts and innertubes, must not be towed.
SwimmingTwo swim beaches are located at the southern end of the lake. Lifeguards are on duty daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
FishingSpring 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.
Bald Eagle Barge ToursFrom January through March, barge tours to view the bald eagles are available. Saturday/Sunday tours are popular attractions.
The Pacific Crest TrailPart of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail—which originates in Mexico, traverses three western states and terminates in Canada—passes through the park. This jewel in the crown of America’s scenic trails runs along the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains.
source: State of California
Silverwood Lake Map
Interactive Lake Map
Explore the lake by boat
Swimming at the beach
Discovering Silverwood on foot
Photo of the lake and link to virtual aerial tour of area to the north of the lake
Pacific Crest Trail
Hike to the lake from the Mojave River Forks along the Pacific Crest Trail
Forest Lakes Tour
More lakes of the San Bernardino National Forest, starting with Silverwood
Activities, camping reservation & contact phone numbers
Silverwood Satellite Image
360° photo of Silverwood Lake
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