Lake Gregory Regional Park is an alpine jewel nestled in the pine forests of Crestline, California. Here you can fish from the shore year 'round, picnic, hike, swim, and boat on 150 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Crestline boathouse opens the last weekend in April and closes the third weekend in October.
Lake Gregory, is an easy drive to reach mountain paradise! Lake Gregory is a very popular Vacation Rental Getaway. Located in the San Bernardino National Forest at an elevation of 4,700 feet, Crestline is closer to Southern California's major cities than any other mountain community....yet worlds away!
Work began in 1937 under a WPA grant to dam the east and west forks of Houston Creek, whose floodwaters 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 himself financed the completion of the project, loaning money to the district for the completion. The eventual cost was US$225,000, US$160,000 of which came from the federal government with the balance funded by the water district.
Heavy rains that March put the dam to its first real test. It had been estimated that it would take three years to fill the lake. So heavy were the rains that the lake filled in only three days. An unconfirmed but plausible urban legend claims that the construction equipment from 1938 which had been left on the lake bed during the rains remains at the bottom of the lake today.
A road built over the dam (present-day Lake Drive) completed the project in January 1939.
Today, the Lake Gregory Recreational Park with swimming and water slides is at the west end of the lake and a walking trail now circles the entire lake. The south shore of the lake is a popular fishing destination; the regional park is the site of Crestline's Independence Day celebration.
The southeast shore is the site of the private beach and Tyrolean-styled clubhouse of the San Moritz Lodge, once known as Club San Moritz. The original club was built in the Valley of the Moon in 1926 along the shore of now-drained Moon Lake, today the site of the Arrowhead Community Church. A fire of suspicious origin destroyed the building in 1950 and the lake was drained in the early 1960s over increasing problems with mosquitoes. The new club, built along Lake Gregory in 1950, was intended to be a members-only resort and club for property owners in the area. Today, the only buildings which remain are the restaurant building used as the site of special events such as weddings and a bathhouse now used as a senior center.
Private vessels and power boats are not allowed on Lake Gregory, although rowboats, paddle boards, pedal-powered "water trikes" and pedalos are available for rental. The rowboats may be affixed with the renter's own electric trolling motor.
Crestline is the first community going up hwy 18 (waterman canyon road) from San Bernardino. It is a short 15 minute drive on a nice well maintained 4 lane road. Just a short trip, but seems miles away when you arrive at this quaint little alpine village. Crestline is a great winter vacation spot with skiing and snow boarding just a short drive away. In the summer, there is the beach and water slides at Lake Gregory, as well as fishing and boating. The various parades and fishing derbies throughout the year are always fun. Click on the Local Events menu at the top of this page to discover all there is to do in this beautiful little town called Crestline.