Silverwood Lake is located on the
East Branch of the California Aqueduct. It is operated by
the California Department of Water Resources and provides a
major water source for agencies serving nearby San
Bernardino Mountain and Mojave Desert areas. Some 2,400
acres of recreation land surround the lake.
At an elevation of 3,355 feet, Silverwood
Lake is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project.
The Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
features picnicking, hiking trails, swimming beaches, and
designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing.
The Pacific Crest Trail, "the jewel in
the crown of America's scenic trails" spanning 2,650 miles
from Mexico to Canada through three western states, passes
through the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, with
trailheads for short or long hikes.
A 2009 California Water Board study found
significantly elevated levels of toxic poly-chlorinated
biphenyls (PCBS) and mercury levels in largemouth bass at
This has prompted local media to express
concerns over the large number of anglers keeping and eating
fish from this popular Inland Empire lake.