Love to Fish? Love to Camp? Love to Get Away? Love to Do Aquathons? Read This!

Beautiful Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Come enjoy the tranquility and the great fishing!
Beautiful Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Come enjoy the tranquility and the great fishing!

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: 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.



Wake the Bard Celtic Music Group July 18 in Outdoor GVL Garden! No Charge!

Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.
Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.

Those of us who are old enough to remember the late, great Rickie Nelson one of his big hits was “Garden Party.” Well, they’ll be a Garden Party at the Green Valley Lake Community Garden on July 18. The free fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. so take a folding chair, a sweater or blanket and get set to enjoy every second. While you’re there enjoy the ambiance of this delightful community that is located at the top of Green Valley Lake Road (off Hwy. 18) between Snow Valley and the community of Arrowbear Lake. Check out the menu at the Lake Inn or browse through the charming market for a bite to eat.

While there’s no charge any donations are appreciated and they will go directly to the Green Valley Lake Community Garden that started a few years ago and just gets better and better.

Plan to attend this fun outdoor event. It may not be the Hollywood Bowl…..but it’s even better. You don’t have to climb up sections upon sections of hard wooden seats, the parking is much  easier, the weather is cool, the atmosphere is delightful, you don’t have to climb over people to get to your seat, there’s no charge to park (ever) and you’ll just enjoy every second.

Summer in the mountains just doesn’t get any better than this!!!!



Did You Know Green Valley Lake Has a Beautiful Campground?

Green Valley LakeDid you know that tucked away in tranquil, beautiful Green Valley Lake is a campground that is part of the U.S. Forest Service? If you didn’t………… you do!

This beautiful area is rich  with old growth trees that offer shade and beauty for campers, hikers and people who just love to drive around there and enjoy the tranquility.

Many people may not realize that the community of Green Valley Lake is located at the highest elevation of any of the inhabited  communities in the San Bernardino mountains and it is home to a lovely lake and several small businesses. When I am feeling stressed I drive up Green Valley Lake Road, get out, look at the lake, take some photos and my blood pressure definitely goes down.

The U.S. Forest Service has a large campground at the end of Green Valley Lake Road with 36  campsites , 13 of which can accommodate trailers or RVs. It’s smart to make a reservation but if you’re yearning to go camping at the last-minute there might be a site that’s available. There are nine sites that are  on a first-come/first-serve and the rest are available by making reservations. The campground has flush-toilet bathrooms and  is open from May to October.

Bring your fishing license and be prepared for some great trout fishing as well as hiking and enjoying the surrounding beauty. If you’re looking for a wild night life you’ll have to settle for being lulled to sleep by an occasional owl rather than rock music (unless you want to go rock climbing, which, of course, is available all over the community).

The site has availability for RV campers that are 22 feet long. At an elevation of 7,000 be sure to keep in mind that even in the summer the nighttime temperatures can be cool so take an extra jacket and blanket. The camping season lasts from May through October.

A small general store is available right across from the lake where firewood can be purchased as well as food and other necessities for camping, hiking or just sitting by the lake watching people fish. Watching children enjoy every second of building a sand castle may be just the thing to get you back in touch with your childhood. In fact, how long has it been since you’ve built a sand castle…’s your chance. Think of it as Green Valley Lake therapy….much cheaper than a psychiatrist.

There is something very, very special about this community that is up so high in the mountains. Drive up Green Valley Lake Road, off Hwy. 18 in arrowbear, and come up to this small area……you’ll love it!




Fun, Fishing and Community Meetings in Green Valley Lake

boy-go-fishing-free-clipartGrab your fishing pole and head to beautiful Green Valley Lake for another year of great fishing. The official opening of the lake will be May 15. In preparation for the opening weekend 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be released so they’ll be plenty of fish available for catching.

Community stockholders who will be returning for another great summer of boat fishing should check with the ???? The decision was made to have “boat free” areas in more prime locations along the lake to provide an enjoyable experience for visiting fishermen (and fisherwomen).

For further information on fishing in this special San Bernardino Mountains community log onto: Information is also available on their Facebook page.

This delightful community nestled away at the top of Green Valley Lake Road springs to life every year and the 2013 season for the Green Valley Lake Recreation programs is set to go.

Green Valley Lake SignStockholders who want to get a reduced rate for a beach pass and pay before May 1 get a reduced rate of $40. After May 1 the charge jumps to $50. Adult daily beach passes will be $5 and $3 for children under 13 who are accompanied by an adult. The three-day weekend adult beach pass is $12 and a children’s three-day weekend pass is $7 for kids under 13. A California fishing license is required for fishing so be sure to take your license if you want to try your luck at fishing. The daily fishing charge for adults is $15 and senior citizens 62 years and older can get a discount on Tuesdays for the $10 rate. Active military can receive a special discount on Wednesdays when they pay $10. A summer beach pass for stockholders (before May 1) is $40 but it rises to $50 after that date. Adult daily beach passes are $5 and children under 13 will be charged $3 for a daily beach pass as long as they are accompanied by an adult. For those who spend the weekend a three-day adult weekend pass is $13 and a three-day weekend children’s beach pass for kids under 13 is $7. Come on up to Green Valley, enjoy the drive up, up, up Green Valley Lake Road and stay awhile. This community is very special and there are guest accommodations, restaurants, magnificent tranquility, great walking areas and of course, the lake.

Don’t miss the Community Garden Rummage Sale on May 23 and 24 at 10 a.m. on Green Valley Lake Road (not surprisingly the rummage sale is at the community garden which is across from the lake.

The place to be for entertainment and great food is the Lake Inn. Gwen Daniels will perform at 6 p.m. on May 16 and on May 9 the Jimmy Reid Band will play at 6:30 p.m. May 23. Grits and Grady will take their fabulous music to the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Eeeee-haaa!

For further information on other Green Valley Lake Recreation information log onto: and swimming/ . See you this summer in this fabulous place.

Last but certainly not least A CSA (County Service Area) 79 meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. All interested stockholders are encouraged to attend.

Beautiful Green Valley Lake has become, through the years, one of my most favorite places on this planet. There is something very special about this community. As one of the oldest communities in the local mountains (and perhaps THE oldest) Green Valley Lake was used, decades and decades ago, to get from “this side of the mountain” to Big Bear. It has a fascinating history and it also has a fascinating museum that is open in the summer.

Enjoy this delightful community but I warn you… becomes addictive!

P.S. Thank you to the Green Valley Lake site for this information. For more information and to keep up with the events that are held during the summer and early fall keep up with their website.





New CSA 79 Member Appointed, L.A. Dam Advisory Commission Needs New Member!

The County Government Center in San Bernardino.
The County Government Center in San Bernardino.

During today’s San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor’s hearing the board of supervisors approved appointing Herbert S. Gross to the CSA 79 board in Green Valley Lake. (CSA stands for County Service Area and appointees to county “governed” committees or commisions must be approved by the supervisors). This appointment expires on January 5, 2019. All applicants for these positions must be county residents and registered voters in the same county and be over the age of 18.

Additionally, the resignation of Ken Witte from the Lake Arrowhead Dam Advisory Commission was also accepted. A new commissioner will have to be solicited and approved by the county to serve out Witte’s term of office which ends in January 2019. He represented seat five on the dam commission.



Coming Soon to a Green Valley Lake Near You: An Aquathon!

Green Valley Lake SignNever heard of an aquathon? Well, if you’re a triathlete or runner you probably are familiar with the term. If not, it’s a 600 yard swim and a 5K run. It’s like a triathlon (which means three) but instead it has two events instead of the three that are found in a triathlon.

The site? Beautiful Green Valley Lake…..When:  Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9 a.m. If you’re interested mark the date, time and site on your calendar right now!

The age group divisions are: Men and Women separate; 600 yard swim and 5K run, Top 3 winners in each age group; Overall top 3 men’s and top 3 woman’s. Age groups are 12-15; 16-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-70 and 70 and above. In other words, almost anyone 12 and above can participate.

The relay divisions are: Top three winners from each group; Two groups, men’s and women, and parents and children (ages 12-17). A 600 yard swim and 5K run. Start working on your relay team members now so when the date arrives you’ve got your team together.

A Kids Fun Run will also be part of the day’s activities. For this event kids from six to 11 years old will participate and parents are welcome to run with their children. The 500 yard run will start at the conclusion of the aquathon.

For information contact: or visit:

For this event men and women will be separated into their own divisions. Interested participants can register at:

Save the date! You’ll be sorry if you miss coming up to this delightful community in August. Come up and enjoy the cool temperatures and get out of the hot weather “down the hill.” Did you know that Green Valley Lake is the highest community (elevation wise) in the local mountains…..wayyyyy back from the lumbering days? If you didn’t and it’s ever a question on Jeopardy you’ll know it’s Green Valley Lake.




Green Valley Lake Getting Set for Holidays with Tree Lighting and More Fun!

Christmas_treeThe always-exciting Christmas tree lighting in Green Valley Lake is set for 5:30 p.m. on November 29 at the tree next to the Green Valley Lake Clubhouse on Green Valley Lake Road. This tree has been the site (and the sight) for the annual celebration for decades and it is always such a fun event as the ceremony always draws a lot of families. The children are so excited they can hardly stand still and it’s such a beautiful celebration of the holiday season.

In addition to the tree lighting residents and visitors pour into the clubhouse to enjoy the fun inside which always includes Santa, the chance to purchase some great gifts, singing some carols, enjoying music from Grits and Friends and enjoying food and drink. If you have children, don’t forget to take the camera.Don’t forget to bundle up because it’s chilly in Green Valley Lake this time of year, especially at night.

Santa has so many places he has to visit in the next few weeks  that it is a privilege to have him in Green Valley Lake each year. He must have a great time because he keeps coming back!