HISTORY: Originally called Little Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead was filled for the first time in 1918. The construction of the dam, beginning in 1901, advanced over the following 17 years, with the goal of creating a large reservoir to provide water to the residents of San Bernardino. The lake has continued to blossom into one of California's most beautiful recreation areas.
In 1930 construction began on the Lake Arrowhead Village, offering a shopping playground for visitors to the mountains. The original Village remained until it was burned down due to safety concerns in 1979. At the time only two buildings remained, the casino, now called The Rotunda, and the post office. Since then the post office has been demolished as well.
LOCATION: 9,215 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest located high above and overlooking San Bernardino, California which is the nearest big city and is only 20 miles South. The Lake Arrowhead area is conveniently close to the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties. The high desert (Victorville/Barstow) is only 45 minutes North. The ocean (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, etc.) is 90 minutes Southwest. Los Angeles is 90 minutes West. The low desert (Palm Springs) is 60 minutes East. Ontario International Airport and Ontario Mills Mall is only 60 minutes West. Our location is ideal for commuters! Enjoy the full range and adventure of the Southern California lifestyle while living in a clean-air, peaceful, small-town environment nestles in a towering pine, cedar, oak and dogwood tree forest!
''Lake Arrowhead is the closest thing to heaven in Southern California.''
LAKE SURFACE ALTITUDE: 5,106 feet above sea level.
SIZE: 784 surface acres; 14 miles of shoreline.
WATER TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-72 degrees
LENGTH: 2.2 miles. WIDTH: 1.5 miles
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 185 feet AVERAGE DEPTH: 100 feet
NOTE: Lake Arrowhead is a private lake reserved for the use of qualified local property owners only!