Written for KCET.org by Danny Jensen. August 4, 2017.
Nestled high in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, idyllic Lake Gregory is a hidden treasure only a short drive east from Los Angeles, and yet enchantingly feels straight out of classic summer movies and childhood memories.
The lakes of the San Bernardino Mountains have long been a convenient retreat for Southern Californians looking for a bit of forest shade and cool water on hot summer days. And while many of us are familiar with the year-round buzz of Big Bear Lake or private Lake Arrowhead favored by celebs, plenty of locals — myself included, until recently — are unaware of Lake Gregory on the western end of the mountains in the Valley of the Moon. There, visitors can rent boats, go fishing, cruise around on kayaks and aqua bikes, or even zip down water slides and scramble over the largest floating water park in the county. There’s also plenty of lakeside lounging to be had with cabanas on the sandy beach, a recently renovated café, and live music and events throughout the summer.