Lake Gregory Regional Park, Crestline

#218 of 403 in Nature in California
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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  • Unfortunately the north shore is low due to the drought, but there is a nice trail to the south end and benches to sit and relax.My dogs loved it and there is a park for them. I found a free parking s...  more »
  • While the trail around the lake is nice enough, the site needs signage and better maintained access points all along the way.  more »
  • We went in the off season so the lake was pretty empty. Not alot of people around but boat rentals were still available so we rented a small motor boat and drove around the lake for a few hours. Small...  more »
  • We spent all day on a Saturday and the place never was too crowded. My kids and all of the Grandkids had a fantastic time. Even though the concession stand was closed, there was plenty of good food within easy walking distance. All of the workers were very friendly and professional.
  • If it's hot and you have children it's a great place to spend a day. 25 bucks to jump on the water toys only 10 if you just want access to the water and it's also ten to park so it's expensive for what it is but it's fun for up here. The water does have green floating grime it really cold at first and you will sink in the mud upon entry.
  • 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.
  • Beuatiful lake.....locals care about it greatly. Do your part and give your heart....please clean up after yourselves and keep this place AMAZING
  • 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

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