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Lake Gregory Regional Park, Crestline

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Lake Gregory is an artificial lake in the San Bernardino National Forest of the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County, California. The lake and the surrounding area make up the Lake Gregory Regional Park adjacent to Crestline, California.The area, originally known as Houston Flat, was developed by and named for its developer, Redlands citrus grower Arthur Gregory, Sr. Gregory bought and developed land in an area known today as Valley of the Moon. He erected a sawmill at Valley of the Moon to cut wood for crating his "Orange Blossom" brand of citrus fruit. Gregory was also instrumental in creating the Crest Forest County Water District (CFCWD), which, in turn, was necessary to acquire federal aid in order to develop the area. Although the lake is in Crestline proper, Crestline is not a part of the Crest Forest District, but rather the Crestline Water District, which purchases water from CFCWD.Work began in 1937 under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant to dam the east and west forks of Houston Creek, whose waters drained into tributaries of the Mojave River, thereby "going to waste". The project was nearly completed by March 1938, but federal funds had run out. Gregory financed the completion of the project, lending money to the district for the completion. The eventual cost was US$225,000, of which US$160,000 came from the federal government, with the balance funded by the water district.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This place was incredibly disappointing. They do not allow swimming without a lifeguard. The only place there are lifeguards are the two beaches which require $10 per person to enter. There is an addi...  more »
  • I strenuously do not recommend this place. I was there 10 years ago and it was nice. Just went this past Memorial Day and I was horrified. The water is filthy. The area where they have swimming(not th...  more »
  • We have been to Lake Gregory Regional Park a number of times. Its a nice lake park at Crestline. There are water sports in the summer. Its also nice for a walk or just relaxing.  more »
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  • Great concept...horrible execution. Lot of fun inflatables to climb and bounce on but because of a 100 person limit in the "waterpark" area at one time you end up standing on hot sand in a waiting queue for what seems like forever. It's supposed to be 20 minute sessions but it seemed longer and then it takes more time to clear the area before the next group goes in. Be aware!! The "Life Guards" don't seem very well trained. We had a young man slice about a quarter size flap of skin on a sharp rock in the water. No big deal, I get it it's a lake, but the Life Guard had a first aid pack with nothing but band aids. She then calls over another life guard who looks all of 13 who happens to have a bandage and a wrap. She the. Wraps his dirty wet foot in the wrap and asks ME if she should wrap the bandage to keep it from getting dirty. SMH.
  • One of my favorite places, I've been going there for years. Parking is now $10. It was free for many years. You can walk all around the lake, it takes an hour or more depending on your pace.Good for family walks n dogs on a leash. There's bathroom facilities in 2 places around the lake. You can rent a row or pedal boat at the boat house, which is open year round
  • Very pretty. Nice 2 mile loop around the lake. Took the dogs on a nice long walk to wear them out. Definitely want to come back during the summer to do some swimming and kayaking.
  • Used to be a great place when the county owned it, now it is privately owned. Now there is little to no maintenance done, cost are through the roof for parking and lake use. Definitely gone down hill.
  • Great public park. Parking on the road is free, parking in lots for a fee. CAUTION - THEY TOW IF YOU DON'T PAY IN THE LOTS. Great walking trail around the lake.