Lake Arrowhead, California

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Lake Arrowhead CA
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Lake Arrowhead is a vacation destination in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, which locals like to call "the Alps of Southern California".

Smaller and less busy than neighbouring Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead has an exclusive feel to it, with many private residences lining the lake shoreline.

But there is still plenty for everyone to experience here, from outdoor pursuits like hiking and mountain biking in the surrounding forest and San Bernardino mountains to less energetic activities on the lake itself.

Lake Arrowhead Quick Facts

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Lake Arrowhead is actually a reservoir located in southern California in the San Bernardino National Forest not far from Big Bear Lake. It is in San Bernardino County and 23 miles northeast of the city of the same name.

The reservoir covers an area of just over three square kilometers (782 acres) when it is full.

The deepest point in Lake Arrowhead is 56 meters (185 feet).

It depends when you start counting. It was originally called Little Bear Lake in 1891 when work started on a reservoir project to provide irrigation water for citrus groves in the Inland Empire. The name change came in 1921 when it was sold to investors who developed it as a resort destination.

Highway 18 north from San Bernardino is the most direct route to Lake Arrowhead. The 18 skirts the southern side of the lake and joins the 330, an alternative route from the eastern side of San Bernardino. There is no direct route north from Lake Arrowhead but heading west from the lake leads to the junction with Highway 138 and the route through to the Mojave Freeway at Cajon Junction.

Map of Lake Arrowhead Accommodation

If you know when you are planning to go but haven't decided on accommodation, then use the map below to get an idea of which properties are available and to compare prices during the period you wish to travel.

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Lake Arrowhead Cabins

Pine Rose Cabins, Lake Arrowhead

Pine Rose Cabins

Pine Rose Cabins offers 20 rustic cabins by the creek in the Twin Peaks area near Lake Arrowhead. The resort is spread out over six acres, has a full-size outdoor pool open in the summer months and operates a pet-friendly policy for the cabins.

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Saddleback Inn, Lake Arrowhead

Saddleback Inn & Cottages

The historic Saddleback Inn, originally built just after the First World War, is located just five minutes walk from the lake and Arrowhead Village. The Inn also offers two-bedroom and three-bedroom cottages and has a designated wedding coordinator for those who want to get married at Lake Arrowhead.

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Things to Do at Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead village is a private lake and virtually anything on the water or the shoreline is restricted to those who are staying in accommodation around Lake Arrowhead resort or who are members of the Arrowhead Lake Association. This association issues permits enabling visitors to kayak, paddleboard, fishing and boat use.

Lake Arrowhead Queen

Lake Arrowhead Queen

The Arrowhead Queen is a 60-seater paddlewheel boat which offers tours around the lake and is also available for private charters. Tickets and information about the tour arrangements can be obtained from LeRoy’s Boardshop near the boat boarding area in Arrowhead Village.

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McKenzie Water Ski School

McKenzie Water Ski School

The water ski school is one of the oldest in the USA with more than 70 years of experience. Lessons in water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding, rides and charters are offered from the ski school base in Lake Arrowhead Village.

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