at an altitude of 5,100' in a magnificent forest of pines and
cedars is Lake Arrowhead, a 784 acre alpine lake some describe
as the "Jewel of Southern California". Located just 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is just a two-hour drive from most of Southern California but feels like a "World Away."
Arrowhead has a unique climate for Southern California; it has
four distinct seasons. In the summer, it is about 20 degrees
cooler than the valley floor with summer highs generally in the
In the winter, nighttime temperatures regularly dip below freezing
but are usually above freezing by 9 a.m. with an average winter
high in the 50's. Average rainfall is 50 inches a year, which
is three to four times typical rainfall in the Southern California
area. Average snowfall is 80 inches a year starting in late November
and usually ending in March.
The area receives 310 annual days of sunshine and remains above the marine layer that covers the Los Angeles Basin during much of the year. Air quality is very good. Click here for a current local forecast.
|Water activities on Lake Arrowhead include lake fishing, water skiing, sailing and two beach clubs for swimming and sunbathing. Since Lake Arrowhead is private, visitors who are not guests of property owners have limited use of the Lake. There is also a private Yacht Club on the lake. Opportunities in the nearby National Forest include hiking, stream fishing, off road and equestrian trails and camping. Alpine and cross country skiing is 20 minutes away.
There is also a private country club with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and a swimming pool; a sports bar and a four-screen movie theatre.
The Rim of the World Parks and Recreation District sponsors a craft and self-improvement class program as well as adult and youth sports leagues and programs. The district also provides childcare facilities.
Organized youth sports available in the area include Little League, Pop
Warner Football and AYSO Soccer. For seniors there is an active Senior
Center in the Twin Peaks area.
Lake Arrowhead Communities are located on 9,215 privately owned
acres totally enclosed within the 812,000 acre San Bernardino National
Forest. Lake Arrowhead, a man made lake, was created in the early
1900's. For almost one hundred years, Arrowhead has been the premier
mountain resort in Southern California. Access from the San Bernardino
Valley is via State Highway 18, a nationally designated scenic
byway known as "Rim of the World Highway". Most of the
thirty minute drive is over a four lane limited access highway
with the last seven miles being a two lane road providing magnificent
views ranging on clear days to the Pacific Ocean.
| "The Mountain News" is published weekly covering the Lake Arrowhead area. Charter Communications provides television service although many residents find satellite to be a better option. Dish Network and DirectTV are available. Cellular phone service is provided by Cingular, AT&T Wireless and Verizon. Verizon also provides regular phone service. Natural gas is provided by Southern California Gas and electricity by Southern California Edison. Optional refuse disposal by Lake Arrowhead Disposal Company. High speed internet access is available through Verizon and Charter Communications. The mountain is served by most express carriers; UPS, Airborne Express and Federal Express. The United States Postal Service provides mail delivery to Post Office boxes only. There is no postal service to residential or commercial addresses.
Local Arts and Culture:
has numerous cultural events and organizations. The Arrowhead
Arts Association has a number of jazz and classical concert presentations during the year as well as an art auction. The Rim of the World Art Council maintains an art exhibit in Lake Arrowhead Village gear round featuring work by numerous local artists. There are also several active local theater groups.
Several times a year the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club brings in artists from
all over Southern California to showcase their work in a lakeside Art and
Wine Festival. In addition almost every weekend there is a craft fair,
a hike race, a 15K run, a boat show, an ice show, community dances, or
some other event held for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors.
Fourth of July festivities on the lake are a Southern California tradition.
Arrowhead is also the home of the Mountain
Skies Astronomical Society, a 1,500 member organization. This group
is presently designing a 1.8 million-dollar, 6,500-sq. ft. facility, which
will house a premier astronomical instrument and a science education center
on a three-acre site along Rim of the World Highway.
road access to the Arrowhead area and among the Arrowhead communities
is on the network of State Highways 18,
330, 173 and 189. Caltrans maintains two road maintenance facilities
in the area. San Bernardino
County maintains the balance of the public road network and has
a maintenance facility in the area.
MARTA ("Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority")
provides public transportation around Lake Arrowhead and
connects to the other mountain
communities of Crestline and Lake Gregory, Running Springs and Big
Bear and San Bernardino. For fares and schedules, call (909)338-1113.
Ontario International Airport, 45 minutes from Lake Arrowhead, is serviced by most major domestic carriers. Currently plans are underway to convert a San Bernardino Air Force facility to an International Airport. This is just 70 minutes from the Arrowhead area.
Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated area governed by the County of San Bernardino. A County building in Twin Peaks houses building and safety. The County also provides a library in Blue Jay. The California Highway Patrol has a facility in Running Springs. Fire protection and Paramedic service are provided by the Lake Arrowhead and Crest Forest Fire Districts with four full time and four volunteer stations located in the Arrowhead area. In addition, the Forest Service and California Division of Forestry provide fire protection facilities, equipment and personnel in the area.
Lake Arrowhead Communities Service District provides water and sewer to Arrowhead Woods. Water service to surrounding communities outside of Arrowhead Woods is provided by private water companies. The Rim of the World School District covers not only the Lake Arrowhead area but also the Crestline and Running Springs area. The single high school and junior high school as well as two of the district's five elementary schools are located in the Arrowhead area. Several Universities are located within commuter distance from the Arrowhead area in San Bernardino and in the Desert to the North.
The U.S. Postal Service maintains post offices in Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead, Rimforest, Crestline, Twin Peaks, Skyforest and Cedar Glen.
Community Hospital is an acute care medical facility located
in Arrowhead which also provides a 24 hour emergency room, long
term nursing care as well as home health services. 20 physicians
representing a broad range of specialties serve the community
along with dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists and psychologists.
Paramedic units operated by the fire department cover the entire community,
which together with the hospital and air ambulance, transport to the specialized
facilities of Loma Linda and St.
Bernardine's just several minutes away.
This provides the area with outstanding medical services.
Tourism is the primary economic generator for the area contributing 78 million dollars a year and providing 600 full time and 700 part time jobs for local residents. The area is host to 2.4 million visitors a year, primarily part-time vacation homeowners and their guests. There are 400 guestrooms in hotels, motels and Bed and Breakfasts for overnight visitors as well as 500 cabins, which are rented out on a short-term basis. Ski packages, Weddings and Eco-Tourism are major sources of visitor growth. The area is also popular for business conferences. Accommodation occupancy during most of the year is very high, 90% on holidays and weekends and only 45% on weekdays. Summer is the most popular tourist season with winter usage growing.
There are virtually no research and development, manufacturing, wholesaling or distribution employers in the Arrowhead area. These types of businesses are located in the Valley below, a 30 to 60 minute drive for mountain residents. Estimates are that about 50% of the employed people who live at Arrowhead and the surrounding communities commute down the mountain on a daily basis.
Local Services Major Employers:
Rim of the World Schools
Mountains Community Hospital
Stater Brother's Markets
Lake Arrowhead Fire District
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas
Visitor Services Major Employers:
Lake Arrowhead Resort
U.C.L.A. Conference Center
U.S. Forestry Service
Real Estate activities in the area are quite significant with membership in the Rim of the World Board of Realtors being about 350. Home construction in the area is about 200 units a year. This, along with a significant repair and remodel business generates employment for about 400.
Retail establishments in the Arrowhead area include 35 restaurants, a growing collection of factory outlet stores, numerous antique and gift stores. There are two supermarkets, four convenience stores, five gas stations, two drug stores, and three full service hanks. Thirty minutes away at the base of the mountains are two regional malls, most auto dealerships and all major warehouse, and home improvement stores.