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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Hesperia
(3/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
The Mission of the California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve

the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
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  • We just came here for the scenery and it was ok. I'm slowly adjusting my CA expectations compared to Midwest lakes. This is the highest altitude reservoir in CA so the temperature is quite nice. The b...  more »
  • My husband took our family here after a small vacation from Las Vegas to Laguna Beach. This place looks like a great place to spend the day, or even camp. Clean water and facilities. The beach is grea...  more »
  • Silverwood is a great day trip. you can camp there also. Going for the day is very relaxing. Not much lawns but a lot of trees and trails. there is a camp store and snack bar for convenience.take a co...  more »
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  • The campsite was loud, full of mosquitos but most importantly very unkept. The bathrooms were disgusting and most of the showers were not even working. It is very far from the lake; you do not even get a view. The camping in very overpriced ($45 for a night) compared to much nicer campgrounds where we paid $30 for a camp next to a river and with nice bathrooms.
  • Went up for a couple days..we hadva great time...lots of shade..water..hot showers and toilets...lotts of workers keeping up the grounds real nice and clean...lake was beautiful.
  • i come here every sumer, i love this place..its so peaceful
  • I tried to make a reservation for tent camping online but no luck. So we loaded up the car and came up anyway. Fortunately they had plenty of camping sites so it was good we chose to try our luck! We hadn't been camping in quite some time and never in our own tents (the boys are grown now) so it was our maiden voyage for a year of various camping trips. It was our "Camping 101" experience and Silverwood is a great place to test the waters!! The campsites are clean, spacious and well equipped with a large fire pit, barbecue and picnic table. We had 3 tents and there was plenty of room on our site (#68) amongst the tall pine trees which provided a good amount of shade. Some of the sites were equally spacious but have far less shade so bring a pop-up canopy just in case. There are 3 port-o-potties that are relatively clean and had toilet paper! They also have some showers and non-port-o-potty restrooms a little farther from our camp but we didn't use them so I do not know their status. We did have a good water spigot and a large, covered, roll-off trash bin close (but not too close) as well which was very convenient. The ranger station sold bundles of (pine) wood for $6 (about 5 pieces per bundle). We bought 5 and burned through those in no time. There is a little shop at the Marina which sells supplies including wood and ice (and he will deliver to your camp site). We purchased 6 more bundles from him ($6 per bundle as well) but he sold us Eucalyptus which is very heavy and dense but fantastic wood for long hot burning. Takes a bit of kindling to get it to catch but once it does it is well worth it. We soon realized we didn't need to buy so many bundles. If you need to buy wood, be sure to ask what kind of wood they are selling you. Pine burns quick so you will spend more money on that. The camp hours have a quiet time from 10:00pm to 6:00am and everyone pretty much followed those hours. We did have a group of college kids up late one night which didn't bother us but we were farther away. I imagine in the summer it could get loud. The only thing that was a disappointment was nothing that the park could control. From our campsite we should have been able to walk to the lake but the drought and usage (some of the water is sent to Perris) have dried up the lake for about a good half mile away from our camp area. Unless you don't mind a long hike, or if you bring a bike, the only way to get to the actual lake is to drive to the marina docking area. At one point we were sitting on a dry dock with the edge of the water about 80 feet away. This is really sad to see and it makes you realize the lake will probably never be full again. It's like witnessing the slow end of the world. Pretty dramatic I know, but it was desolate and sad. The Marina does however offer boat rentals for fishing ($30 for first 2 hours) and the boats look reliable (although I'm no expert). There is wildlife around that is exciting to witness (my son saw an eagle) and the stargazing was breathtaking!! The sound and smell of the wind through the pines is so soothing. It is a wonderful, perfect location for campers like us who have been out of the camping experience for awhile. Great way to get re-aquainted with nature and what it takes to commune in it comfortably. I forgot to bring a frying pan and the Marina sells them so we were never in dire straits. This camping experience helped me fine tune the list of things that are necessities and it helped me realize the things that are really unnecessary and just space busters. The Rangers at the gate are really helpful and friendly! I really have no complaints and only gave it the 4 stars based on the low level of the water in the lake which was disappointing.
  • Very clean and serene place to camp