Guests of Holiday Inn Burbank who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California for a day should consider visiting stunningly beautiful Silverwood Lake. Located near San Bernardino, CA, Silverwood Lake attracts outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy a wide variety of water recreational activities, as well as several hiking trails that climb the majestic San Bernardino Mountains.
Overview of Silverwood Lake
Located in San Bernardino County in Southern California, Silverwood Lake is a large reservoir that receives water from the West Fork Mojave River. The West Fork Mojave River is a major tributary of the Mojave River, which runs down the San Bernardino Mountains. Construction on the reservoir completed in 1971, as the 73,000-foot open space eventually turned into one of the most popular state parks operating in Southern California. The construction of the Cedar Springs dam caused the state to relocate the residents of Cedar Springs, CA.
Silverwood Lake Recreation Area
Silverwood Lake Recreation Area represents the section of Silverwood Lake where most of the recreational activities take place. Thick, sandy beaches allow visitors to relax under the brilliant Southern California sun and take a dip in the cool water of the lake. The State of California Parks and Recreation Department has designated areas located away from the swimming area for boating and water sports. Anglers visit Silverwood Lake Recreation Area to catch a wide variety of fish species, many of which are native to the area. However, the fight put up by largemouth bass captures the imagination of seasoned anglers who travel dozens of miles to the busy Inland Empire lake.
Considered the “jewel in the crown of America’s scenic trails”, The Pacific Crest Trail winds through the San Bernardino Mountains. Several trails that run into Silverwood Lake take hikers to different points along the San Bernardino Mountains section of The Pacific Crest Trail. Guests of Holiday Inn Burbank who want to spend a day or two roughing it in the wilderness can find numerous camping options. Trailhead markers designate whether you are in for a short or long hike.
Facilities and Other Activities
Silverwood Lake offers boat rentals to accommodate out of town visitors to the area. Boat ramps make is easy to enter the water and the lake has countless coves where you can enjoy secluded fishing. The State of California has created bike, hike, group, family, and environmental campsites. The environmental learning center educates visitors on the latest technologies used to promote a sustainable ecosystem within the state park. Other recreational activities supported by the park include snorkeling, scuba diving, and horseback riding. Interpretive exhibits and organized wildlife viewings ensure you enjoy all day fun at Silverwood Lake.
Winter Park hours run seven days per week between 7 am and 7 pm until March 31, 2018. The park closes at sunset starting April 1. Guests of Holiday Inn Burbank take Interstate 5 south for the short drive to Interstate 210, which runs about 30 miles due east until you reach Interstate 15. Take Interstate 15 north until you exit at California State Route 138 for the short trip to Silverwood Lakes.