10 Exciting Things to Do In Lake Arrowhead


Aug 31
things to do in lake arrowhead

Located in the wonderful San Bernardino National Forest, bounded by different types of trees, at an elevation of 5100 feet, this place was named as "Alps of Southern California", and famous for being one of the West Coast’s best-kept secrets. Aside from being a spectacularly gorgeous, cozy, and picturesque mountain resort, the things to do in Lake Arrowhead are the main reasons why more and more people want to visit here.

While exciting activities like backpacking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and others have been famous activities in this paradise, it offers more than that. In this article, we will tell you some of the fascinating things to do in Lake Arrowhead which will give you more reason why you must consider adding this to your travel bucket list.


1. Ice Skiing

ice skiing

Luckily for skiing enthusiasts, there are a lot of ski resorts located around Lake Arrowhead. Snow Valley is about 15-minute drive away, while Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, are about 45 minutes away from Lake Arrowhead.

The climate in Lake Arrowhead is ideal for skiing: it is cold enough for snow, but hardly below zero t daytime. So, whether you’re a beginner, seasonal, or professional in skiing, this place will surely be a perfect spot for you. 

2. Water Skiing

water skiing

Not a fan of snow but want to do something on an extreme side? Well, maybe water skiing is the one for you! Another fun activity you can do in Lake Arrowhead is water skiing. Particularly in summer, you will see people enjoying water skiing and boogie boarding in the area. You may even watch some high-speed races from the shore or simply take lessons from the professionals.

Water skiing season goes from the month of May through the month of December. If you are looking for something that is less extreme, then you might want to consider getting the Arrowhead Queen Lake Tour. This tour takes you around the lake by paddleboat which lasts for approximately an hour and shows you some of the stunning homes constructed surrounding the lake.

3. Fishing


Another water-related activity you can enjoy here is fishing. The fishing scene on Lake Arrowhead is one of the best you can imagine. 

Big German Brown Trout, Mouth Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie are some of the types you can find in Lake Arrowhead. Every year, Rainbow Trout are placed in Lake Arrowhead. However, you have to keep in mind that even though it is a private lake, fishing regulations of the state apply, and you need state fishing licenses to be able to enjoy fishing in Lake Arrowhead.

4. San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest

The San Bernardino National Forest surrounds the area of the lake, making sure that more of the natural beauty of the area stays available for everyone, and conserving the regi9on from being overly developed. The area’s wildlife consists of the Southwestern Arroyo Toad, a rare type. Some exciting activities to enjoy here include hiking, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

The wildlife scenes of San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountain Ranges were chosen a National Forest over many years ago. 

5. Deep Creek Hot Springs

One of North America’s popular hot springs, Deep Creek Hot Springs, is another reason to visit Lake Arrowhead. The hot springs are situated within San Bernardino National Forest. You must hike to the springs to reach them, but the springs and the nearby canyon landscape are an easy trek.

deep creek hot springs

The landscape that surrounds the Deep Creek is exceptional in the context of southern California, and its recreation opportunities are valued at the regional and national levels. Thermal hot springs located here are unique and regionally important.

Deep Creek supports the greatest diversity of wildlife habitats of any drainage on the San Bernardino National Forest and has earned the State designation of a Wild Trout Stream. It also represents some of the best variety of flora communities of the national forest. The nearby area signifies a transit conifer forest. This vegetation variety from chamise, sparse creosote, as well as California buckwheat at lower levels to pinyon and oak woodland and strewn mixed conifer, vigorous riparian environments are also there.

6. The Arrowhead Queen

lake arrowhead

If you want to see the lake from the best spot, the lake itself, then get on a paddleboard. If it’s your first time to visit Lake Arrowhead and want to learn more about the lake itself, this would be a great opportunity. You’ll be able to experience the lake from a whole new level riding the Queen. This boat tour takes about an hour with a narrating tour guide. You can enjoy the closeup views of Lake Arrowhead and learn more about its history.

No matter what time of the year you visit the lake, you will be happy to know that Arrowhead Queen sails every day all year round, and because it has a heater inside, you will surely have a very comfortable sailing experience. The boat leaves every 90 minutes from the dock.

7. Skypark Santa’s Village

skypark at santas village

Another thing you shouldn’t miss is visiting SkyPark at Santa’s Village. This is a very nice outdoor adventure park ideal for everyone! SkyPark is a very delightful place to go especially if you are visiting during Spring. Most of the attractions here are located outside among the gorgeous scenery of the mountain. It means you can enjoy the beautiful views while as you zip line through the trees, enjoying the fresh air of nature.

If you are looking for something more exciting and will give you some physical work out, then you can hike up to the trail of Top of the World and enjoy the views of the breathtaking views! There is also a wall for rock climbing if you are interested to do that! This place is something you shouldn’t miss especially if you are visiting together with your family.

8. Wildhaven Ranch

Wildhaven Ranch

Wildhaven Ranch is not only a wildlife sanctuary but also an educational facility that’s open only three times a week and only by reservations. They offer a protecting environment where wild animals that can’t be released into the wild can live in peace.

You are able to visit the ranch to experience what it truly has to offer. You can encounter majestic animals such as bobcats, bears, falcons, raccoons, hawks, owls, and eagles. Again, before visiting, make sure you made a reservation by calling them on their number available on their website.

9. Shopping


Lake Arrowhead Village, that is in the center of Southern California is filled with shopping stores which are perfect if you are looking for some designer clothes, shoes, accessories, or even home decorations.

However, if there is something Lake Arrowhead is famous for in terms of shopping, that is antique shopping. There are a lot of shops that can cater to this located all over the area! Vintage shops in Cedar Glen, Sky forest, and Crestline are some of the best-kept secrets in the Lake Arrowhead. These interesting stores offer all things from homemade candles, vintage clothing, gorgeous botanicals, and a lot more.

10. Celebrity Watching

Since the 1930s, Lake Arrowhead has been a famous place for VIPs and celebrities alike. It is easy to see why the area has always been a popular spot for popular people – it is not too far from Los Angeles, but still far enough to escape from the city’s busy life.

So, if you are looking to take a chance to see some famous people from Hollywood, then you may want to try your luck here. Although, that would only be a bonus with the beauty the lake has to offer.

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead experiences about 310 days of sunshine a year. While that might not be too impressive from those who are living in Southern California, Lake Arrowhead also experiences four entirely different seasons, which includes snow on the mountains during the winter, yet with day temperatures that hardly go below zero and normally reach 60 ºF.

There’s no doubt that Lake Arrowhead is one of the best resort spots on the West Coast, which offers striking scenery, beautiful environment, high-end dining, and a lot of exciting activities. Hopefully, this article not only gives you an idea of what things to do in Lake Arrowhead but also convinced you to actually experience it.

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    About the Author

    Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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