and Overview Tucked
away in the San Bernardino Mountains near the cities of Crestline
and Hesperia sits a small piece of paradise for southern California
anglers. Formed in 1971 with the completion of the Cedar Springs Dam,
Silverwood Lake features almost 1000 acres of surface area and 13
miles of shoreline. It also boasts an outstanding campground, a swimming
area, and easy access to area hiking. From Interstate 15, you can
get to Silverwood Lake by taking SR 138 east for about 11 miles (check
out the map). The lake is part
of the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, and is managed by the
of Parks and Recreation.
Lake is also conveniently close to Lake Gregory, located in nearby
Crestline, and to Lake Arrowhead.
Fishermen rate Silverwood Lake:
is renowned for its big stripers, and rightfully so - a 55 1/2 pounder
was caught here in 1996, and that's a big fish in anybody's book!
While fish that size may not be common, there are plenty of smaller
ones in the 2- to 5-pound range to go around. During the winter and
spring the Department of Fish & Game stocks the lake with rainbow
trout, and populations of channel catfish, largemouth bass, and crappie
also call Silverwood Lake home. Click
here for the latest DFG stocking reports and schedule.
can try their luck along those 13 miles of shoreline mentioned above,
or for a fee can fish from the boat docks in the marina located at
the south end of the lake. Striped bass fishermen do well here with
frozen anchovies. The marina also has a launch ramp, and rental boats
are available as well. The number of boaters allowed on the lake is
limited, and during the summer months reservations
are recommended if you plan to launch a boat since the lake is popular
and tends to fill up most weekends.
is a small store at the marina if you find yourself in need of bait,
tackle, or food. A fish cleaning facility is also located there.
Silverwood Lake Weather
Southern California has a reputation for having mild, temperate weather
throughout most of the year, but be careful! Silverwood Lake sits
at a high enough elevation to get some cold temperatures in the winter,
but is still close enough to sea level to be very warm in the summer.
High temperatures can range anywhere from the 40's in wintertime,
with lows dipping into the high 20's or low 30's, to the high 90's
during the height of summer. Always check the most current conditions
and forecasts before heading out, especially if you'll be boating
on the lake.
here to see current weather conditions and forecasts for the city
Silverwood Lake has a very well-appointed campground located at the
southwest corner of the lake in Cleghorn Canyon. Maintained by the
California Department of Parks and Recreation, it boasts 136 improved
campsites, as well as running water and hot showers, so the entire
family can camp in civilized comfort. For more information or reservations
who prefer a hotel or motel will find their needs catered to in the
nearby cities of Crestline
San Bernardino, although farther away, also offers numerous lodging
options, and is still close enough to the lake be a viable alternative.
All anglers fishing at Silverwood Lake must have a valid California
lake is open to fishing all year. Hours of operation are 6 am to 9
pm during the summer months, and 7 am to 7 pm during the winter. Bag
limits on the different species are as follows:
Trout: 5 fish limit, no size restrictions.
Largemouth Bass: 2 fish limit, 15 inch total length minimum size.
Striped Bass: 10 fish limit, no size restrictions.
Catfish: No limit, no size restrictions.
Crappie: 25 fish limit, no size restrictions.
here to see all the most current fishing regulations for the state