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Silverwood Lake

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Silverwood Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Silverwood Lake is an extremely popular weekend getaway. There are a few drawbacks to this pkayaking silverwood lakeretty paddling retreat: the long entrance line; the long wait to launch; the powerboat and jet ski traffic on the lake; the unpredictable winds; and the crowded beach area during the summer months. If at all possible during the summertime, paddle this lake on a weekday to avoid the crowds, the watercraft congestion and the long lines because you really don’t want to miss out on paddling this scenic mountain lake. That leaves the last obstacle, the fierce erratic winds that frequently occur. Every time I have paddled here I have encountered sudden nasty winds that turned a pleasant paddle into a marathon workout.

Silverwood Lake has a good striped and largemouth bass population. Other species of fish taken here include trout, channel cats, bluegill and bullheads. The lake is stocked annually with 56,000 rainbow trout in the 10 to 12 in class by the Department of Fish and Game.

The 5 m.p.h. zones in all of the coves provide the best fishing opportunities, and a safe haven away from the fast-moving speed boats, and jet skis. Fishing is allowed only during the posted park operating hours, and is permitted off the dock. For the most recent fish report call the marina at Ph: 760 389-2299.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 60 63 68 75 84 93 99 98 92 81 68 60
Low 31 35 38 42 45 55 61 61 55 45 35 30

Open: During the summertime be sure to arrive before 6:00 a.m. due to the long line to enter and launch your craft. The lake is open daily all year for boating from April 1st to September 30th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Boats need to be off the lake by sunset. From October 1st to March 31st, the lake is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. in the open areas and 5 m.p.h. in the restricted zones.  Kayaks and canoes do not need boat reservations.

All vessels entering Silverwood Lake will be required to pass the Quagga Mussel inspection before launching. ALL VESSELS MUST BE CLEAN, DRAINED, AND DRY. Vessels that fail inspection will be quarantined from launching for seven days. Boat reservations for speed boats are very strongly recommended due to possible sellout conditions. Only boats and equipment which are clean, drained, and completely dry, will pass inspection. If you are coming from a known quagga-infected body of water, you must wait 8 calendar days before bringing it to Silverwood Lake.

Fees: Silverwood Lake has day use ($10), launch kayak ($8), pet and camping fees.

Lake Facilities: The lake amenities consist of a marina, store, a concession stand, a boat launch, boat rentals, power boating, jet and waterskiing, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookhiking and bicycling trails. The park features two swimming beaches, four picnic areas, three of which can only be reached by boat, nearly 100 miles of paved and/or unpaved trails, six miles which are along the southern end of the lake, or you can relax and watch the wildlife. Watercraft must be off the lake by sunset. All children 11 and under must wear a lifejacket at all times. Boats must have a whistle or other sound-producing Marina Ph: 760 389-2299


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