About Green Valley Lake

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The “Hidden Gem” of the San Bernardino Mountains, Green Valley Lake is, at 7000´, a higher resort community than either Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear.  This “best kept secret on the mountain” is secluded (nearly four miles away from State Highway 18), and surrounded by National Forest.  For all these reasons it has remained small, picturesque, and uncrowded.


Green Valley Lake has something going on all the time. For a little town, we sure stay busy. Our town boasts of a pretty little lake that is stocked often with plentiful fish, and a small beach for swimming.  Click on the tabs above for more about our abundant opportunities for hiking, camping, winter sports, cabin rentals, restaurants, the artisan tour, and music jams and concerts.

Located only 90 minutes away from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties, in the San Bernardino Mountains, Green Valley Lake attracts visitors seeking clean air, blue skies, crystal-clear water, and the serenity and calm beauty of a quiet forested community. Our two closest neighbors are Arrowbear and Running Springs.  There are hiking trails galore and plenty of opportunities for bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, and in the winter, cross-country skiing.  The nine-acre lake is regularly stocked for fishing, plus there are boating and swimming as well.  For a handy guide to our mountain birdsClick here.  To learn about our local wildflowers,Click here. For the sports enthusiast, Green Valley Lake offers a beach volleyball court next to the lake, plus a basketball court and a tennis court that also can be used for volleyball or badminton.  Barbecue facilities are located under the trees in the adjoining picnic area.  A magnificent public campground is just down the road with 40 spaces and clean restrooms. The visitor can also choose from a number of cabins for rent.  Green Valley Lake has a small downtown area that hosts a market, two restaurants, a post office, a bait and tackle shop, a number of real estate offices, and a community garden.  There is also a community church located at 648 Yukon.  Further up Green Valley Lake Road you will find the Fire Dept. and a local museum.  Green Valley Lake also happens to be a Mecca for artists and musicians.  Three times a year (Memorial weekend, Labor Day weekend, and Thanksgiving weekend) there is an Artisan Tour in which the local artisans open up their homes or studios and display their many beautiful pieces of handmade artwork.  On the 2nd Saturday of each month the local musicians get together for a jam. For all the many other things to do here, be sure to check out the Calendar of Events.

It is illegal to ride off-road or green sticker vehicles on the streets of Green Valley Lake or in the forest around GVL.  You must transport your vehicles down to the staging area near Crab Flats.  Thank you for your cooperation. 
Click here for more information.         To report violators, call the CHP 388-8000

31 Responses to About Green Valley Lake

  1. s says:

    Can you fish from the lake next week?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      Fishing from shore is always OK. Still need a State Fishing License. Lake is not stocked until Memorial Day.

  2. Stacey says:

    Hi!! We’re bringing the kiddos up this weekend. Will there be enough snow left for sledding? Where is the best place to go? Is there any other fun activities to do with the little ones? Thanks!!

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      Lots of snow on the North facing slopes – “Snow Bowl” area north of Oak Lane (by Spring Lane) is a prime sledding spot.

  3. Duane Decker says:

    When will the lake open for fishing this year?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      The official opening is always Memorial weekend at the end of May – but there is fishing from the bank before that.

  4. Glenn Maddock says:

    Bringing the little kids up this weekend.
    Is there any snow around for them to sled on, and
    where would we find it?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      There’s very little snow left, although there’s a slight chance of a little on Sunday. You might try the south ridge (where the ski hill was) there might be enough to sled a little.

  5. gg says:

    Be careful not to mislead people about golfcarts, tho some
    drive them they are not legal. Check the vehicle code.

  6. Linda (Rowe) Anthony says:

    Dear GVL Community,

    I sure enjoyed my two years of residence at GVL in the early 90′s – beautiful environment, wonderful neighbors there on Maple Lane, Fox Lumber & Hardware family and a great sense of community throughout the area! Hope the GVL Community Church is still going strong – and Artisans, keep up the amazing work with your inspiring creativity!

    Happy New Year GVL folks,
    Linda (Rowe) Anthony

    P.S. I still have my favorite hat from Fox Lumber – it’s my artisan hat for Plein Aire Painting.

  7. Matt Story says:

    We are looking to snowshoe tomorrow? Is there currently snow for snowshoeing at GVL? If so, where? Are the old Snow Bowl and the campgrounds going to have the most snow?

    Thanks for the help.

  8. John says:

    Is it possible for former business owners to visit? Lol

  9. joel galvan says:

    Hello, I’m planning on make a fishing trip at GVL on 12/19/14. Is the lake frozen?

  10. Dale says:

    Can electric golf carts be driven from a cabin to the lake/town?

  11. Ryan says:

    Is the lake open year round? Want to plan a trip next week.

  12. Leslie says:

    Is fishing allowed off the banksvin november?

  13. daniel wall says:

    What is the population in gvl?

  14. Richard Stewart says:

    Last summer my wife and I (plus our grandkids) camped at Green Valley Lake Campground. It was beutiful and we had a great time. We plan on buying a cabin and retiring at there next year. Do you have any suggestion for us? Sincerely, Richard & Valerie

  15. Stephen NEHEMIA says:

    Hello, my aunt is lending us her cabin for a few days in August 2014.
    Will it be possible to do horse back riding?
    Do you have maps online of the hiking paths in your area?
    and finally, do you have barbeque facilities around the lake?
    Can’t wait to visit you. Kind regards from Tahiti.


    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      There is a description and a small map under “Hiking” under “Things to do”. There are BBQs near the Club House by the lake. Sorry, no riding stables.

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