32. Popular Park Reopens

The Silas Lake Park reopens today after being for six months. The park was closed because and rock slides destroyed part of Cambridge Road, only access into the park. “We had to tons of boulders and rocks,” said Hugh Foster the Parks and Recreation Department. “Then we had rebuild a bridge and reconstruct almost a mile highway. I’m really surprised we got it done soon.”
The park is three miles north of on Highway 28. Cambridge Road is a two-lane that winds upward through Pearl Canyon before it to Silas Lake, which has about 20 miles shoreline. The largest lake in the county, it also famous for bass. In fact, the record bass catch in California occurred here in 1975. 14-year-old boy caught a 19-pound bass.
The lake two ramps for boaters, a full-service restaurant, a bar, a small tackle store, and a boat facility. As with all county parks, no alcohol sold or permitted. More than 100 picnic tables protective roofs and big barbecue pits. There are restrooms with free shower facilities, lots of trash , and hiking trails for nature lovers. The west of the park includes a softball field, a field, and two volleyball courts. Horseshoes and kite-flying two other popular activities. In the summer, a swimming area has a lifeguard on duty seven a week.
The entry fee is $10 per and $10 per boat. Reservations are not accepted. parking lot holds about 500 vehicles; if it full, no additional vehicles are allowed to enter. either leave or wait in line for someone leave the parking lot. Some weekends there are dozen vehicles waiting in line outside the gate. of many requests, park officials soon might start campers to stay overnight on weekends.
The park open from dawn to 10 p.m. during the . “We probably average 2,000 people here every day the summer,” said Foster. “They come here to , swim, water-ski, jet-ski, picnic, commune with Mother Nature, name it. People love this place.”