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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
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.
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
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.
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.”