Silverwood Lake

State Recreation Area - California

Silverwood Lake is a large reservoir in San Bernardino County, California, United States, located on the West Fork Mojave River, a tributary of the Mojave River in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was created in 1971 as part of the State Water Project by the construction of the Cedar Springs Dam as a forebay on the 444-mile (715 km) long California Aqueduct (consequently inundating the former town of Cedar Springs), and has a capacity of 73,000 acre feet (90,000,000 m3).
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=650 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverwood_Lake Silverwood Lake is a large reservoir in San Bernardino County, California, United States, located on the West Fork Mojave River, a tributary of the Mojave River in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was created in 1971 as part of the State Water Project by the construction of the Cedar Springs Dam as a forebay on the 444-mile (715 km) long California Aqueduct (consequently inundating the former town of Cedar Springs), and has a capacity of 73,000 acre feet (90,000,000 m3).
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Our Mission The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Rain and snowmelt from the Feather River Basin collects in Lake Oroville, then traverses the SacramentoSan Joaquin Delta, California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (760) 389-2281. If you need this publication in an alternate format, contact interp@parks.ca.gov. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service www.parks.ca.gov Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area 14651 Cedar Circle Hesperia, CA 92345 (760) 389-2281 www.parks.ca.gov/silverwoodlake © 2006 California State Parks (Rev. 2016) joins the 444-mile State Water Project, and ends in the snowcapped reflections of Silverwood Lake H igh in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area captures the eye and the imagination with vistas of snow-capped mountain peaks reflected on the lake. The lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam, which holds back the waters of the west fork of the Mojave River as it passes through the San Bernardino Mountains. Warm, dry breezes prevail during summer — with high temperatures averaging between 90 and 100 degrees from June to September. From December through March, rainy winter temperatures vary from the low 30s to the low 60s. order. Skilled artisans, the Serrano were known for their beautiful woven baskets. The Serrano traded with the Mojave tribe to the east and Tongva (Gabrieliño) to the west for goods they could not produce themselves. The stable lives and traditions of the Serrano changed drastically around 1790, when they were drawn into the San Gabriel Mission. Hard labor and European diseases took their toll. By the early 20th century, the area’s estimated 1,500 Serrano people had dwindled to 119. Today some Serrano descendants live on or near the San Manuel and Morongo Indian Reservations. NATIVE PEOPLE For more than 2,500 years, the Serrano (Spanish for “mountain people”) Indians occupied the San Bernardino Mountains and extended into the desert far to the northeast, north, and northwest as far as the Southern Sierra Mountains, Barstow region, and Twentynine Palms. Alongside rivers and streams, the Serrano lived in settlements of 10 to 20 dwellings. Their circular-shaped homes were usually made of willow frames covered in brush or tule reeds and tied with various fibers or rawhide. Several Serrano settlements, including Yucaipa and Cucamonga, have modern towns that bear their names. The Serrano used ritual, including songs and storytelling, to pass along knowledge necessary to maintain the Earth’s natural The State Water Project Silverwood Lake was named for W. E. “Ted” Silverwood, a Riverside County resident. Silverwood’s support for the State Water Project — and his unceasing work for water and soil conservation — helped to bring water to Southern California. Supplying water and power for California’s agriculture, cities, and industry, the Water Project also provides flood control, recreation, and protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife. The lake waters begin in California’s upper Feather River Basin as rain or snowmelt. From the water storage facility at Lake Oroville, the water is released in regulated amounts, flowing down the Feather and Sacramento Rivers to the SacramentoSan Joaquin Delta and into the 444-mile California Aqueduct. The water moves south to the foot of the Tehachapi Mountains. It enters Southern California on the south side of the Tehachapis, then splits into the west branch serving the Los Angeles Basin and Ventura County’s coastal areas, and the east branch, which serves the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties. In the Antelope Valley, the water level is pumped to a height of 3,480 feet above sea level, then downhill, under the Mojave River and Highway 173, and finally, it reaches Silverwood Lake. View of Silverwood Lake From the intake towers at the south end of Silverwood Lake, the water continues south, where it plunges 1,600 feet to spin the turbines that generate electricity. Some of the water goes to contracting agencies, while the rest flows on to Lake Perris, the southern terminus of the aqueduct. Wildlife and Habitats California mule deer are often seen in early morning and sometimes in the evenings. Night predators such as gray foxes, coyotes, and (rarely) mountain lions use the darkness to hunt such small mammals as rabbits, jackrabbits, squirrels, ringtails, chipmunks, and wood rats. Black bears, bobcats
Nuestra Misión Área recreativa estatal Silverwood La misión de California State Parks es proporcionar apoyo para la salud, la inspiración y la educación de los ciudadanos de California al ayudar a preservar la extraordinaria diversidad biológica del estado, proteger sus más valiosos recursos naturales y culturales, y crear oportunidades para la recreación al aire libre de alta calidad. El agua de la cuenca del río Feather procedente de la lluvia y de la nieve derretida se recoge en el Lago Oroville y después California State Parks apoya la igualdad de acceso. Antes de llegar, los visitantes con discapacidades que necesiten asistencia deben comunicarse con el parque llamando al (760) 389-2281. Si necesita esta publicación en un formato alternativo, escriba a interp@parks.ca.gov. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 Para obtener más información, llame al: (800) 777-0369 o (916) 653-6995, fuera de los EE. UU. o 711, servicio de teléfono de texto. www.parks.ca.gov Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area 14651 Cedar Circle Hesperia, CA 92345 (760) 389-2281 © 2008 California State Parks (Rev. 2016) de atravesar el delta de Sacramento-San Joaquín se une al Proyecto estatal del agua de 444 millas y termina en los picos nevados que se reflejan en el lago Silverwood S ituada en un una zona elevada en el corazón del San Bernardino National Forest, el área recreativa estatal del lago Silverwood captura la mirada y la imaginación con vistas de los picos nevados de las montañas reflejados en el lago. El lago se formó al construirse el embalse de 76 metros de Cedar Springs, el cual retiene las aguas de la rama oeste del río Mojave a su paso por las montañas de San Bernardino. Brisas calientes y secas predominan durante el verano — con temperaturas máximas promedio entre 90 y 100 grados de junio a septiembre. Entre diciembre y marzo, las temperaturas del invierno lluvioso varían entre 30 y 60-65 grados. hábiles artesanos y eran famosos por sus hermosas canastas tejidas. Los serrano comerciaban con la tribu Mojave en el este y con Tongva (Gabrieliño) en el oeste para obtener bienes que no podían producir ellos mismos. Las vidas y tradiciones estables de los Serrano cambiaron drásticamente alrededor del 1790, cuando pasaron a formar parte de la Misión San Gabriel. El duro trabajo y las enfermedades europeas causaron muchas víctimas. A principios del siglo XX, la población estimada del pueblo serrano en el área se había reducido de 1,500 individuos a 119. Hoy algunos descendientes de los serrano viven en las reservas indias de San Manuel y Morongon o cerca de las mismas. INDÍGENAS Durante más de 2,500 años, los indios serrano ocuparon las montañas de San Bernardino y se extendieron por el desierto hacia el noreste, norte y noroeste, alcanzando las montañas de la Southern Sierra, la región de Bastow y Twentynine Palms. A la orilla de los ríos y riachuelos, los serrano vivían en poblados de entre 10 y 20 viviendas. Normalmente, construían sus hogares circulares con un armazón de sauce cubierto con maleza o juncos y los ataban con varias fibras o con cuero crudo. Algunos poblados de los serrano, entre ellos Yucaipa y Cucamonga, tienen ciudades modernas que llevan su nombre. Los serrano usaban rituales, entre ellos canciones y cuentos orales, para transmitir el conocimiento necesario para mantener el orden natural de la Tierra. Los serrano eran EL PROYECTO DEL AGUA ESTATAL El lago Silverwood recibió su nombre de W. E. “Ted” Silverwood, un residente del condado de Riverside. El apoyo de Silverwood para el Proyecto del agua estatal — y su trabajo constante para la conservación de agua y suelo — ayudó a traer agua al sur de California. Además de proporcionar agua y energía para la agricultura, las ciudades y la industria de California, el Proyecto del agua también ayuda a controlar las inundaciones, proporciona oportunidades para la recreación y la protección y mejora para los peces y la vida silvestre. Las aguas del lago provienen del agua de la lluvia o de las nieves de la cuenca superior del río Feather en California. El agua se libera en cantidades reguladas desde las instalaciones de almacenamiento en el lago Oroville y fluye por los ríos Feather y Sacramento hasta el delta Sacramento-San Joaquín y desemboca en el acueducto de 715 kilómetros de California. El agua se mueve hacia el sur hasta el pie de las montañas Tehachapi. Entra en el sur de California por la parte sur de las Tehachapis y, a continuación, se divide en dos ramas: la rama oeste que proporciona agua a la cuenca de Los Ángeles y a las áreas de la costa del condado Ventura y la rama este que lleva agua al valle Antelope y a los condados de San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange y San Diego. En el valle Antelope, el nivel del agua se bombea a una altura de 1060 metros sobre el nivel del mar, después desciende por debajo del río Mojave y la autopista 173 y, finalmente, alcanza el lago Silverwood. Desde las torres de entrada en el
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Mesa Campground 14651 Cedar Circle • Hesperia, CA 92345 • (760) 389-2303 Silverwood Lake is a 30-mile drive from the city of San Bernardino, The park is located via Highway 138, 11 miles east of I-15; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138. The lake’s wildlife reflects the diverse habitats found in the park. Ponderosa pine forests give way to high desert chaparral, creating habitat for over 130 species of birds, including wintering bald eagles. Recreational activities include picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, bicycling, water-skiing and boating. WINTER BALD EAGLE TOURS are available January through March. SUMMER INTERPRETIVE ACTIVITIES include campfire talks, Junior Rangers and wildflower walks. Check the interpretive bulletins in the park for more information. PARK FEES are due and payable upon entry into the park. The campsite fee covers one vehicle. Extra fees apply for each additional vehicle. OCCUPANCY: Each campsite may have up to eight people (including children). No tents are allowed on the grass area. VEHICLE PARKING: Vehicles may be parked only in assigned campsites. All vehicles must remain on the pavement. Two vehicles maximum are allowed per campsite. No day-use vehicles are allowed in the campground. RVs / TRAILERS: The RV length limit is 30 feet, and the trailer length limit is 24 feet. QUIET HOURS are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. To ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, please do not disturb other campers—regardless of the time of day. Radios and other sound-producing devices must not be audible beyond your immediate campsite. Generators may be operated only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. CHECK-OUT TIME is noon. Please vacate your site by that time. Check-in time is 2 p.m. SPEED LIMIT: The maximum speed limit is 15 mph. This speed may be too fast in the camp loops and when children are present; use good judgment. PETS must be kept on a leash six feet or less, caged, or in a vehicle. They must be under immediate control at all times, and may not be left unattended. Noisy or vicious pets will be evicted from the park. Pets must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. Please clean up after your pet. FIRES AND FIREWOOD: Fires are allowed only in established metal fire rings or camp stoves and must be attended at all times. Do not gather firewood in the park. You may purchase firewood at the entrance station or camp host site. BICYCLES are allowed only on paved roadways. Riders under eighteen years of age must wear a legally approved helmet. FIREARMS (loaded or unloaded) are prohibited. VALUABLES: Protect valuables. Keep them out of sight and keep your vehicle locked when unattended. DAY USE/BOATING • Vessel and watercraft operators must be 16 years of age or older. • Direction of travel is counterclockwise, with a maximum speed of 35 mph. • All persons except water-skiers must be in the passenger compartment while vessel is underway. NO BOW RIDING! No swimming from boats! • An observer (must be at least 12 years old) in the towing vessel must be in a position to watch the skier at all times. An orange flag must be displayed when a skier or equipment is in the water. • Only wake boards, water skis and aquaplanes may be towed with a ski rope. Rubber rafts or other inflatable devices must be specifically designed for towing behind watercraft with a ski rope. • Vessels are not allowed within 50 ft. of posted swim areas. • Mooring to or coming in contact with any buoy or buoy line is prohibited. • Vessels must be off the lake by sunset. • Current boat registration, tags and CF# must be affixed to the vessel. A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved fire extinguisher must be on board. Each person on board must have a USCG-approved Type 1, 2 or 3 personal flotation device (PFD) available on board the vessel. All children 11 and under must wear PFDs at all times. Federal Inland Navigation Rules apply on the lake. • Boats must have a whistle or other sound-producing device on board. • Jet skis, wave runners and two-stroke engines are allowed. • No fires or barbecues are allowed in the boat-in areas. • If you are unsure of any laws pertaining to watercraft use, ask park staff. SWIMMING • Never swim alone. • All children under 14 must be supervised by an adult. • No diving within the State Park System. • Please swim in designated swim areas only. • Coast Guard-approved lifejackets are required for nonswimmers and children. • No glass, dogs or children in diapers are allowed on the swim beaches. Discover the many states of California.TM CAMPING RESERVATIONS: You may make camping reservations by calling (800) 444-7275 or (800) 444-PARK (TTY 800-274-7275). To make online reservations, visit our website at www.parks.ca.gov. ALTERNATE FORMAT: This publication is available in alternate formats by contacting California State Parks at (800) 777-0369, or 711, TTY relay service. 173 Mesa Campground SAN BERNARDINO N AT I O N A L F

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