Silverwood Lake is an extremely
popular weekend getaway. There are a few drawbacks
to this pretty 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.
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, hiking 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