Mesa Campground at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area is located in the high mountains near San Bernardino National Forest, just outside of Los Angeles. The campground is on the west side of the man-made lake. The campground and lake are popular with boaters during spring through fall due to the warm air from the nearby high desert areas that bookend it on the north and south. The lake offers fishing and other water recreation such as water skiing and kite boarding on it’s 1,000+ acres of surface area. The area around Mesa Campground often is subject to strong winds in spring through early summer.

There are 136 campsites at Mesa Campground, most of which are great for tent camping and smaller RVs (30 feet). All of the campsites offer picnic tables, fire rings, and access to bathrooms with coin operated showers. A dump station is available, and some campsites offer partial hookups. Camping supplies are available within a few miles. Campsites 1-13 were burned in 2003, and offer little to no shade.

Online Campsite Reservations

Silverwood Lake – Mesa Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 136 Campsites
  • $35/night
  • $8/night/extra vehicle
Use Level: Medium – High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin Operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: RVs: 30 Feet – Trailers: 22 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.284285, -117.348638
Nearest City/Town: San Bernardino, California
Elevation: 3355 Feet
Location: San Bernardino County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 3 Miles

The park is located via Highway 138, 11 miles east of I-15; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138


Phone: (760) 389-2281 Facebook:
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Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Summer – Fall – Summertime is the busiest time of the year at Silverwood Lake SRA, but also offers the best weather for boating and water activities. Fall is a close second for weather. Expect summer to offer warm temperatures averaging in the 80’s and 90’s, fall is going to offer cooler 70’s and 80’s.

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What To Do

Fishing – Blue gill, Largemouth Bass, and Catfish are popular catches at Silverwood Lake

Swimming – There is a large sandy beach area that is designated for swimmers at the Sawpit Recreation Area on the lake’s southeast end.

Hiking – There are several hiking trails accessible from the campground that lead around the lake.

Online Campsite Reservations

Image Credits: Raymond Shobe via Flickr


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