Lake Arrowhead itself is a man-made feature originally created in the early 20th century as a reservoir. State laws later prohibited its use for this purpose. In the 1920s, a small alpine village was erected on the lake’s southern shore. The original village has since been replaced with a lakefront shopping center and the beautiful Lake Arrowhead Resort Hotel. Nearby, the Blue Jay Village and Agua Fria communities also provide fine shopping and dining options. Blue Jay is the home of the internationally famous Blue Jay Ice Castle, International Training Center and a convenient multi-screen movie theater complex. For skiers, the Snow Valley downhill facility and a cross-country ski resort are nearby.
There are some 10,710 lots in "Arrowhead Woods," where property ownership provides the right to use the private lake for boating, swimming, fishing and other recreational purposes. Some full-time residents use their homes to operate home-based businesses and for telecommuting. This working arrangement allows them to enjoy all the many advantages of the Lake Arrowhead area and still reside within a two-hour drive of major Southern California attractions such as Disneyland, beaches, the San Diego Zoo, Palm Springs, Universal Studios Hollywood and much, much more. Additionally, many part-time residents use their mountain homes to escape from the urban sprawl and to enjoy weekend, seasonal and vacation interludes far removed from the chaos of Southern California city life.
The private, equity-membership Lake Arrowhead Country Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course, a swimming pool and seven tennis courts. The Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club is open during the summer months and is a Mecca for sailing enthusiasts. Trout and bass fishing are also popular year-round sports, as is water skiing during the warmer summer months. Additionally, San Bernardino Forest is home to more than 2,000 species of flora and nearly 400 species of fauna. Nature walks, hiking along the numerous local trails, bird-watching and wildlife studies are favorite pastimes of those who love the beautiful outdoors. The Mountain Skies Astronomical Society provides an active agenda for those who love to study the nighttime sky.
The Lake Arrowhead area is home to numerous cultural events and organizations. The Arrowhead Arts Association hosts 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 year-round, featuring work by numerous local artists. There are also several active local theater groups.
Major shopping malls, chain restaurants, off-mountain recreational facilities, theme parks, golf courses and other highly desirable resources are just a short drive away. Ontario International Airport – about one hour's drive from Lake Arrowhead – allows for easy access to the rest of the country. The Fourth of July Fireworks on the lake is a Southern California tradition, and one of the many things about living in this area that you are sure to come to love.
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