Lake Gregory Regional Park, Crestline

#222 of 399 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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  • The summer flotations that they have on the lake are a lot of fun. The water is very cold - but on a hot day, it's almost welcome. For me personally, I wouldn't say that there is enough out there on t...  more »
  • 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 »
  • In all fairness, its winter and its closed. Water level was low, tractors were out placing sand around beach area. We walked on its trail around the whole lake, that was a nice walk. Enjoyed all the birds, smelling the trees and breathing in the fresh air!
  • This is such a wonderful place to come and have fun. They are currently repairing the dam so the water level is down for now. It will be awesome once it's complete. I encourage people to come up and stay. Get out of the smog in the summer and enjoy the snow in the winter. Many places to stay. Nice small shops, good places to eat. Only 15 minutes to Arrowhead.
  • Love coming here. Kids love walking around the lake and playing in the summer. Only drawback is paying for parking. My kids are still young and sometimes we go for an hour and it's not worth buying parking.
  • Great place for an easy hike around the lake. Good fitness trail with lots of equipment. Parking might be problematic during busier season, but we had no trouble finding a spot during the fall. Part of the trail borders the street and has some odd metal dividers that might pose a trip hazard if not careful. Also, lots of irresponsible dog owners who walk their dogs off leash.
  • Beautiful spot! We're excited to see the final results after the improvements/expansions are complete!

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