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, summer concerts, Pie Festivals and much more.

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 and snowshoeing.  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.  Occasionally, the local musicians get together for a jam. Plus there are eleven outdoor concerts during the summer in the garden across from the lake.  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

89 Responses to About Green Valley Lake

  1. MJ says:


    I am camping at Green Valley this summer and had a question about accessing Green Valley Lake. My family plans to have a cookout well we are up there and we would like to do closer to the lake than in the campground. Is there a picnic area available to barbecue? If not is there an area to set up our own tables/chairs/bbq? Thank you for your assistance. Can’t wait to visit!

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      Hi – There is a small picnic/BBQ area on the east side of the lake. Just recently a kid’s play structure was put in so the area is smaller now, but there’s still a BBQ & table. It will be first come, first served so get it early in the a.m…….

  2. Linda says:

    Hello, what is the age for the Easter egg party?

    Thank you.

  3. Briana says:

    We are interested in staying In Your small town and do some 4×4 jeep trails. Are the trails close and easily accessible? Also do you allow paddleboarding on the lake?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      There are many jeep roads close by – Fawnskin Rd. is very popular, as is Crab Flats Rd. In the summer, there are paddle boards for rent, but you can’t bring your own.

  4. Steve says:

    Hi, I’m thinking of coming up next week. A few questions:
    1) Is there still snow on the ground?
    2) Do you know if the store and tavern are open weekdays and weekends?


    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      There’s just a little snow left in shady spots, but we’re supposed to get 3 or 4 inches on Sunday and Monday. The store is open everyday, and the Log Café is open Thursday to Sunday. Eagle’s Nest is open weekends.

  5. Cindy Kent says:

    We are new owners and need seasoned firewood. Do you have some contacts that you trust?

  6. Petra Syi says:

    Visiting on December 30 and tried calling cabin rentals for that night and it’s all booked. Is there a hotel or motel nearby?

  7. Wendy sandy says:

    We are coming up dec 28 for few days. 6 adults one infant. What outdoor activities besides skiing would you suggest. Also will restaurants be open and any other entertainment options in your top 5 things to do in the winter there.

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      Sledding, hiking, snowshoe hiking, cross-country skiing if you have the equipment. The National Forest to the North and East of town has many trails. The Log Café (Malt Shoppe) and Eagle’s Nest will be open for sure, the Lake Inn may re-open by then. The Eagle’s Nest will probably have live music.

  8. Nancy Ag says:

    Going up to GVL, this coming Feb., middle of, 2016. What is the weather usually like, this time of year at this elevation? Is the in-town market opened for business daily at this time of year?

  9. Jenny Farney says:

    How do you become a GVL stock holder?

  10. Brent and Diane says:

    Hi. How do GVL residents receive their U.S. mail?

  11. Jose says:

    Due to extreme fire danger, campfires are no longer allowed in GVL campground because of the bad drought, is their any place or picnic areas near the Lake where my family and I can do a BBQ for this Labor Day weekend camping trip?

    Any advice/tips would really help , we are trying to have a good BBQ and enjoy the last weekend of summer

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      The picnic areas by the lake are subject to the same fire regulations. Try calling the Water Company at 909-867-2912 to see if you can bring your own propane BBQ to the picnic area – propane is OK if you get a permit. The Bait Shop by the Lake has the permit forms – it’s free, you just fill in the info. You might also try calling one of the “Cabin for Rent” numbers to see if they would rent a BBQ area. Good Luck!!

  12. Kiersten says:

    when does the lake freeze? and when in the year does it start to get cold?

    from, Kiersten

  13. Jerry hampton says:

    If I COME UP TO FISH where do i pay.

  14. ann westley says:

    Wondering how the lake water is end of august?

  15. Maria Teel says:

    Are dogs allowed in the beach? Where can we take a dog in GV? Are hiking trails dog friendly?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      There is a designated “Dog Beach” on the south side of the lake by the office. Around town they should be on a leash, but all the trails are great for dogs. (The North ridge trail is even called “Echo’s Trail” after an old Lab that died there).
      Another good thing about 7000 feet is that there are no fleas or ticks.

  16. Kevin says:

    Shhhh, it’s still the best kept secret in the mountains, let’s keep it that way, lol

  17. Nick Hansen says:

    Coming up to Green Valley tomorrow for the week. Can we purchase fishing license at the lake?

  18. Kyle says:

    I’m told you need to have some membership or “lake rights” from Lake Arrowhead to go fishing at Green Valley Lake. Is this true, or can anyone just go fishing provided they have a state license and pay the fifteen dollar fee?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      You need nothing from Lake Arrowhead. Anyone who pays the fee can fish (Need the State license of course)

  19. Maggie Paola says:

    We are coming up this weekend. Is the lake too cold to go swimming in? What is the temperature of the water roughly?

  20. Are there still kayak and paddleboat rentals in Sept. or is it just in the summer?

  21. Robert says:

    I was wondering living up there – is there any wildlife we need to be aware of or careful of? As in bears, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, etc.?

    Also how long does it take to get to Lake Arrowhead from there?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      We have the occasional coyote or bear sighting. Lately there have been reports of a mountain lion, but they are no problems with residents. Raccoons will get into trash cans if left out. We shop at Lake Arrowhead Village – it takes about 25 minutes.

  22. gg says:

    Again, check the vehicle code before you mislead people about the legality of golf carts. Because “everybody does it” doesn’t cut it with law enforcement.

  23. Travis says:

    can i launch my own Kayak?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      Only GVL “Stockholders” can have their own boats on the lake. If you area stockholder, there is a yearly fee. Kayaks are for rent though.

  24. Travis says:

    i just heard about GVL and and i just got a couple of questions. How often are you guys stocked with fish and by who? Are float tubes or kayaks aloud? is there any camping near the lake?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      The lake is stocked 2 or 3 times a month from May to September. No float tubes, but kayaks and rowboats are available to rent. The GVL State Campground is about a mile up GVL Road from the lake. Hope you come up!

  25. Lyndy says:

    Hi! For years we’ve attended (and loved) the artisan fair at GVL. I was considering participating as an artisan this thanksgiving and was wondering if you have info on how to sign up. Additionally was wondering if there is a fee to participate. Thanks.

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      The info on how to participate is on the map/flyer (Ann doesn’t want the phone # posted). I think the fee is $35.

  26. Ray says:

    Hows the fishing around this time of the year, i plan on coming up next weekend?

  27. Frank says:

    Hello, i understand that fishing starts on memorial day but are you guys charging to fish in the off season?

    • Sandi Huckaby says:

      No – the employees to collect the fee don’t start until May – but the State Fish & Game do come by to check for licenses.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. gg says:

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. John says:

    Is it possible for former business owners to visit? Lol

  36. joel galvan says:

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

  37. Dale says:

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

  38. Ryan says:

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

  39. Leslie says:

    Is fishing allowed off the banksvin november?

  40. daniel wall says:

    What is the population in gvl?

  41. 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

  42. 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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