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.
Silverwood Lake – Mesa Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||136 Campsites|
|Use Level:||Medium – High|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin Operated|
|RV/Trailer Length:||RVs: 30 Feet – Trailers: 22 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.284285, -117.348638|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Bernardino, California|
|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
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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.
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.
Image Credits: Raymond Shobe via Flickr