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Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, Californiamarker, within the San Bernardino National Forestmarker. It lies within a census-designated place (CDP) by the same name, adjacent to Lake Arrowhead Reservoirmarker. The population of the CDP was 8,934 at the 2000 census. Lake Arrowhead Village is an unincorporated community, with the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce the de facto governing body. As of January 2009, Stacey McKay is the Chairman of the Board and Lewis Murray is the President/CEO of the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce.

Tourism is the primary economic generator for the area, contributing several million dollars per year to the county and providing 600 full time and 700 part time jobs for local residents. The area is host to over 4 million visitors a year. There are 400 guestrooms in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts as well as 500 cabins and condos, which are rented on a short-term basis. The area is also popular for business conferences.

Economy and culture

As a scenic mountain resort in the San Bernardino Mountainsmarker, Lake Arrowhead's economy is almost completely supported by tourism, both by casual vacationers and part-time residents. The primary tourism industries include real estate, lodging, dining, recreation, and retail sales.

While Lake Arrowhead has no official town center, the Lake Arrowhead Village serves as the main commercial area for both locals and tourists and includes a number of factory outlets, boutiques, restaurants, and a supermarket.

The University of California, Los Angelesmarker operates the nearby UCLA Conference Center, a full-service conference facility with lodging and meeting space.


Lake Arrowhead is located in the Inland Empire regionmarker of Southern California, about 20-30 minutes north of San Bernardinomarker. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Lake Arrowhead is located at . This is near the intersection of State Routes 173 and 189 near the economic center of the community. According to the United States Census Bureau Lake Arrowhead is located at (34.256290, -117.191326) . This is near the geographic center of the CDP. The CDP has a total area of 32.8 km² (12.7 mi²). 29.7 km² (11.4 mi²) of it is land and 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²) of it (9.71%) is water.

Lake Arrowhead is a private lake governed by the Arrowhead Lake Association, and is for restricted use by Lake Arrowhead property owners.Lake size: 782 acres (capacity)Shoreline: 14 milesElevation: 5108 (capacity)Maximum depth: 185 feetLake width: 1.5 milesLake length: 2.2 miles

Outside of Lake Arrowhead Village there are several residential communities, which include Cedar Glen, Blue Jaymarker, Rimforest, Skyforest, Crest Park, Deer Lodge Park, and Agua Friamarker. There are two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the area. Seven miles north of Lake Arrowhead is the Pacific Crest Trail.


Lake Arrowhead Village
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,934 people, 3,243 households, and 2,445 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 301.3/km² (780.4/mi²). There were 8,857 housing units at an average density of 298.7/km² (773.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.47% White, 0.56% African American, 0.88% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.87% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.55% of the population.

There were 3,243 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,826, and the median income for a family was $65,183. Males had a median income of $50,016 versus $35,526 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,176. About 7.3% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Lake Arrowhead is located in the 31st Senate District, represented by Republican Robert Dutton, and in the 59th Assembly District, represented by Republican Anthony Adams. Nationally, Lake Arrowhead is located in California's 41st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +9 and is represented by Republican Jerry Lewis.


The Lake Arrowhead Communities have a unique climate for Southern California with four distinct seasons that support an array of outdoor recreational activity and year round beauty. The area receives 310 annual days of sunshine per year. Average Annual Precipitation: 38.8” (110 year average).

Arts and sciences

The Lake Arrowhead Communities have numerous cultural events and organizations. The Arrowhead Arts Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to cultural enrichment sponsoring quality musical performances and providing musical education and scholarships for local youth from preschool through college. The Mountain Skies Astronomical Society is also located there.


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