It’s no secret that one of the most delightful communities in all the San Bernardino mountains is Green Valley Lake. For decades it has been one of my most favorite places to visit, to sit by the lake, to enjoy the drive up, up, up to this incredible small community that has been around since the time of the gold panning days!
Located off Hwy. 18 (near the community of Arrowbear Lake) as you will climb the winding road up to this small community where you should find your worries and concerns melting away. As you drive through the small business area and you keep driving you’ll come to the Green Valley Lake campground. It’s a beautiful site (and sight) that is tucked away at the end of the road and it accommodates tent camping and RV’s. It truly is a magnificent area, filled with towering old growth pine trees that offer shade and coolness during the hot summer days and nights. Restrooms are available so it is an ideal site to pitch your tent or drive your motor home to the beautiful, shady spot and just relax. This campground is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, so pack your bags and head on up for some great camping experiences!
The campground is a short walk away from the “center” of this small community and I’m sure a lot of people walk to get “to town” or they drive. A small store is right “in town” and they have all the supplies a small store needs to maintain for visitors and most locals. There’s a great restaurant for that evening meal at the Lake Inn, depending on the time of year there are concerts at the charming (and very colorful) Green Valley Lake garden that is located right on Green Valley Lake Road.
Then, of course, there’s the lake. If you’re thinking Lake Havasu or something like it you’d better think again. Green Valley Lake is tranquil and beautiful and an enormous part of this mountain community. Depending on the time of year there are boats for rent, a beach and a playground for children to play on that is directly next to the lake. This small community truly is special if you want a destination where you don’t have to worry about your clothes, making sure your makeup is on right, whether or not you have to choose what event you’re going to attend or just about anything else. If you’re yearning for a quiet time and location where you can just sit in a chair (or on a towel) by the lake and watch the world go by Green Valley Lake then is where you belong.
One of the most exciting mountain events will be held August 15 in this incredibly wonderful small community. Come up for the Green Valley lake Aquathon on Saturday, August 15. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and people of all ages are welcome to participate or just watch the “goings-on.” For more information on the participation charge and the information log onto: http://www.trireg.com/green-valley-lake-aquathon. There are going to be a lot of people attending this exciting event and I have absolutely no doubt that it will be anything but an enormous success. Many years ago the small community held a triathlon and, way back then, it was a fabulous event. The upcoming aquathon will bring a lot of people to this special mountain community so come on up and enjoy the fun. Children 12-years-old to 17-years who want to participate in the Aquathon need to have a parent sign a document that they are giving their child or children permission to participate. This Aquathon promises to be a huge event so make your plans early. After all, it’s only a few weeks away and it promises to be a great, exciting event for participants and spectators alike. If you’re a history buff be sure to go by and check out the Green Valley Lake museum which is located near the campground. It’s quite fascinating and is filled with history about the area. The museum is small but quite fascinating so don’t miss it!
Trust me, even if you only spend a day or two in this delightful community you will go back home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.