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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Hesperia

(3.1/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
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  • Was a really nice lake to sit on shore and watch sunrise. We tried fishing from shore with no luck. Boaters leaving the area travel along one of the few spots we could get to by walking. If you truly ...  more »
  • This is definitely worth visiting... When I'm in town, I like to take my aunt here. The views are amazing and it's a nice place to relax.  more »
  • I have never experienced such a bad group of people in a camping area. The lake is good and fishing poor but overall it is a nice place. Unfortunately they don't handle the bad people camping there.  more »
  • i come here every summer, i love this place..its so peaceful
  • Went up for a couple days..we hadva great time...lots of showers and toilets...lotts of workers keeping up the grounds real nice and clean...lake was beautiful.
  • Love to hike in to Miller Canyon with my float tube. Best in early spring when water flow from creak is strong. Can be very windy.
  • Grew up on the slate we go boating on the lake we hang out at his lake for goodness sake this is a great lake
  • 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.