Lake Arrowhead

San Bernardino Mountains

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Lake Arrowhead


  • View of the Arrowhead Queen Tour Boat.- Lake Arrowhead
  • View of Lake Arrowhead's Village Bay from the Lake Arrowhead Village.- Lake Arrowhead
  • Lake Arrowhead Village promenade. Note the orange fence on the beach prohibiting swimming.- Lake Arrowhead
  • Lake Arrowhead Village promenade. - Lake Arrowhead
  • Lake Arrowhead.- Lake Arrowhead
  • View of Lake Arrowhead's Village Bay.- Lake Arrowhead
  • View of the marina at the Arrowhead Lake Association on the lake's eastern shore.- Lake Arrowhead
  • View of Lake Arrowhead above the Arrowhead Lake Association.- Lake Arrowhead
  • - Lake Arrowhead
Overview + Weather
Classic resort town. Village promenade. Nearby rental cabins.
No public boat access, beaches or swimming.
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Set in the beautiful San Bernardino high country, Lake Arrowhead is a picturesque retreat among the pines. It is privately owned and formed by a dam, so its is not the most natural or remote of destinations, but it makes a comfortable and convenient stop when traveling Rim of the World Highway or among the numerous hiking trails and overlooks in the mountains.

Those who are looking for one night of luxury will appreciate the abundant resorts, restaurants, and shopping around the lake. Strolling the shores is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, and they are open to everyone. Getting in the water, however, is only an option for those with private boat launches and a lake use permit. Paying for an entrance to one of the resorts allows you to swim or rent kayaks.

Despite the exclusivity, this is an extremely popular getaway for families and retirees from Southern California cities. If the crowds become too much, Lake Arrowhead is only a skip away from wilder and less-traveled destinations in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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