JoAnn’s Blog

JoAnn’s Blog

Lake Arrowhead Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Easter is right around the corner and that means the Easter bunny is going to arrive at The Lake Arrowhead Village. Come one, come all on Saturday, March 31 for The Lake Arrowhead Village Easter egg hunt. The but begins at 12:30pm till 4pm & take selfie’s with the Easter bunny from 12pm-4pm. For more details go to The Lake Arrowhead Village web site. 



St. Patrick’s Day
Join us for St. Paddy’s Day in the Village!
GOLD HUNT & ENTERTAINMENT: 4-6pm Kids’ Leprechaun Gold Hunt (ages 10 and under)–search for gold in the Village and trade them in for Face Painting! Irish & Traditional Folk music by award-winning group, The Storywrens, on Center Stage.
PUB CRAWL: 6-9pm Pub Crawl in the Village! Purchase your presale tickets for $25 today! Or $30 the day of near Center Stage. Gets one free drink special at participating pubs throughout the Village! Pick up your Drink Tickets and St. Pat Hat (while supplies last) from 5:30pm on March 17th!
Participating Pubs:
Papagayos, Lakefront Taproom, The Grill at Lake Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead Pizza Deli, The Grapevine, Tea & Coffee Exchange (non-alc), Bin189 (at the resort).
Call RIDE for a safe trip home! Get 10% off of your RIDE by showing your wristband or using promo code “1PubCrawl”. Reservations are recommended at least 2 hours in advance…call 909-338-3471 or use the RIDE CALI app on your smart phone!
Call 909-337-2533 M-F 9-5 and reserve your Pub Crawl package!

Lake Arrowhead Village St. Patrick’s Day Event

Lake Arrowhead Summers Concert Series 2018

Come one, Come all to the Lake Arrowhead Concert Series 2018. There will be Food, Drinks and of course “The Music”.

Click on the link to learn more about –  Summer Concert Series 2018


Please read the concert notes at the end of the Concert Schedule below


5/18 Jim Curry (Tribute to John Denver)
5/19 Superlark with Michelle Mangioni, Angela Riggio & Steve Soest (Classic Rock Hits)
5/25 High Tide (formerly Catch a Wave, (Tribute to Beach Boys)
5/26 Paperback Writer (Tribute to The Beatles)
5/27 80’s Daze (80’s to the max!)
5/28 Vickie G & The Dudes (Memorial Day – afternoon concert 2-4pm)
6/1 4NR (Tribute to Foreigner)
6/2 Lights (Tribute to Journey)
6/8 Cash, Killer, King (Tribute to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Elvis)
6/9 Ultimate Stones (Tribute to the Rolling Stones)
6/15 Fandango (Tribute to ZZ Top)
6/16 The Fenians (Irish Rock)
6/22 Forever Rod (Tribute to Rod Stewart)
6/23 Kenny Metcalf as Elton John
6/29 Gypsy (Tribute to Fleetwood Mac)
6/30 Walking Phoenixes (Tribute to Johnny Cash)
7/4 The Perfect Cut (Tribute to Neil Diamond) 6:30pm; Afternoon concert 1-3pm country rock with the Kaitlyn Marie band; ALA FIREWORKS 9pm
7/6 Kissed Alive (Tribute to Kiss)
7/7 Dead Man’s Party (Tribute to Oingo Boingo)
7/13 Bonfire (Tribute to AC/DC)
7/14 Colour My World (Tribute to Chicago)
7/20 Matchbox Twenty Two (Tribute to Matchbox 20)
7/21 Spazmatics
7/27 Motley2 (Tribute to Motley Crue)
7/28 Desperado (Tribute to the Eagles)
8/3 Petty and the Heartshakers (Tribute to Tom Petty)
8/4 Platinum Rock Stars featuring David Victor from Boston
8/10 Fan Halen (Tribute to Van Halen)
8/11 Led Zepagain (Tribute to Led Zeppelin)
8/17 Joshua Tree (Tribute to U2)
8/18 Venice are back!
8/24 Masters of Puppets (Tribute to Metallica)
8/25 Which One’s Pink (Tribute to Pink Floyd)
8/31 Styx Xperience (Tribute to Styx)
9/1 The Answer Classic Rock Show
9/2 Queen Nation (Tribute to Queen)
9/3 Reggae Day! Common Sense at 3-5pm; noon-2pm Dubious Distinction
9/7 Neal Deal (Tribute to Neal Young)
9/8 Uptown Funk (Tribute to Bruno Mars)

    Since there is no shade cover, we recommend wearing a hat for daytime events!
    This year, we have lowered the price of reserving the FRONT row of picnic tables due to possible sight obstruction by patrons on the dance floor. We hope this helps those who don’t mind the crowds in front but still wish to guarantee a place to sit for friends and family!
    Free lawn chair seating is available on the grass and in standing areas/dance floor only.
  • Cement Step seating can be reserved for $30/two persons per Letter as shown on our new seating chart. For your safety, no lawn chairs will be permitted on the Cement Steps…seat cushions only are permitted.
    Round Pub Table tops seat 4 people. You may reserve 2 seats for $30 or all 4 seats for $60. We’ve added 6 new Pub Tables this year (from 10 last year) since they were so popular!
    The footprint for the concert venue area will be larger and the beer line will go around the East side of the planter in front of the beer garden. We hope this gives everyone a little more elbow room!
    Table beer/wine service will be available for some concerts. Avoid the line and let us serve you!
    NO Leaving chairs in line overnight or before 6 a.m. DO NOT PLACE CHAIRS IN LINE PRIOR TO 6AM (even if you wait with them)! Any chairs placed in line prior to 6am WILL be removed. Please wait for Security to open the gates between 10-10:30 a.m. for you to place your chairs on the concert lawn in an organized fashion. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE ANYONE ELSE’S CHAIRS….and please be courteous to one another as well as our Staff. Thank you.
    Beer Garden opens at 5:30pm, concerts start at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
    Click here for new CONCERT SEATING CHART
    Please call 909-337-2533 M-F 9-5 to make reservations! No online ticketing this year. We’ll take care of you personally!
    Front Row Picnic Tables (Table #’s 1-8 have the possibility of sight obstructed view by those on the dance floor, but still a guaranteed seat for you and your party!) FULL (seats 8-10) $100 + $5 ticketing fee; HALF (front or back half seats 4) $50 + $2.50 ticketing fee
    Full Picnic Table (Table #’s 9-16 & 18-24) $125 + $5 ticketing fee
    Half Picnic Table (Table #’s 9-16 & 18-24; front or back half) $62.50 + $2.50 ticketing fee
    Pub Tables (2 seats) $30 + $2.50 ticketing fee (each table seats 4, first come/first serve for which seats you choose)
    Cement Step Seating (2 persons per reservation) $30 + $2.50 ticketing fee (ONLY 2 people per Letter; no chairs allowed, only seat cushions permitted.
    Buy 10+ tables through March and get 10% off!
JoAnn M. Dickinson Children’s Author


Get your copy today at “The Lake House” in Cedar Glen or order your copy today at

               Dorrance Publishing & Amazon

   Visit my web site at:




“I Love to Go Camping with My Family and Friends”








While sitting my the campfire, under a blanket of stars,

we talk about our day and the trails we traveled so far.






I like to go fishing, and my dad baits my hook,
Before you know it, I caught my first fish,
“Mom come take a look!”









Dorrance Publishing 800-788-7654
ISBN: 978-1-4809-3312-5, 978-1-4809-3335-4
Lightning Source & Baker & Taylor for Wholesale Price.

SkyPark at Santa’s Village

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come up to SkyPark for Ice Skating, Shopping, Lunch/Dinner

and much more!

(909) 744-9373
Location: 28949 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385


Silver Bells Arena Glide along on our charming, outdoor skating pond.






Bike Park A collection of professionally designed bike trails, bike schools, rentals and more.







Adventure Zipline Soar through the dense Northwoods, high above the Park.







The Frozen Falls Climbing Tower A simulated Ice Climbing experience you’ll want to hang on to.






Magic Tree Bouldering Room Learn how to climb from the pros.






Serrano Archery Range Learn about the history of local tribes and their use of Native American weaponry.





Blitzen’s Bungee A highly addictive bungee-trampoline hybrid that bounces you high into the Northwoods trees.




Arrow’s Adventure is a wild ride for the whole family and a Park favorite!







Discovery Playscape Where imagination, nature and you – get together.






Strider Balance Bike Trail Learning to ride couldn’t be any easier.






Fantasy Forest Take a guided tour into the Northwoods and learn the magic of our forest ecosystem.





Santa’s Village Mining Co. Try your hand at panning for your own rock candy.






Hiking, Fishing and Camping Trails to explore, fish to catch and a campsite view you will never forget.





Santa’s House & North Pole is where it all begins at Santa’s Village.






Northwoods Characters include Arrow, Celwyn Claus, Wilbur Weatherforce and many more.






North Pole Express Train Ride All aboard this playful train ride around the Village.








Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Come up to Lake Arrowhead for Snow Play, Hiking, Ice Skating, Wall Climbing, Mt. Biking at SkyPark and much more.

There is Snow Valley that is now open for Snow Skiing and Snow Boarding. Call or visit their web site at: Snow Valley Mountain Resort

Snow Valley Live Web Cam

Lake Arrowhead Activities All Year Long

Art and Wine Festival
Beach Clubs
Boating/Boat Show
Boogie Boarding
Dock Parties/Cookouts
Free Concerts
Hang Gliding/Paragliding
Helicopter Tours
Home Tours
Horseback Riding
Mountain Biking
Off Roading
Road Cycling
Rock Climbing
SkyPark Santa’s Village
Ski Races
Sun Bathing
The Arrowhead Queen Lake Tour
Water Skiing


Hang Gliding/Paragliding

Ice Skating
Snow Skiing
Snow Boarding
Snow Mobiling

The Arrowhead Queen Lake Tour
Lake Arrowhead Village, Dockside
PO Box 50 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Phone: 909-336-6992

Blue Jay Cinema
Show Times
Located at the intersection of Hwy 189 & North Bay Road
27315 North Bay Road, Blue Jay CA
Phone: 909-337-8404

Children’s Forest/SBNFA
Located in the San Bernardino National Forest, Hwy. 18 Near Running Springs
PO Box 350 Skyforest, CA 92385
Phone: 909-867-5996 Fax: 909-337-1104

Lake Gregory – San Bernardino County Parks
Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Waterslides
24171 Lake Drive (PO Box 656), Crestline, CA 92325
Phone: (909) 338-2233 Fax: (909) 338-4590

McKenzie Water Ski School
Located in Lake Arrowhead Village
28200 Hwy 189
Phone: 909-337-3814

Mountain Skies Astronomical Society/Astronomy Village
Star watches, Science Center, Workshops
2001 Observatory Way – Hwy. 18, West of Rim High School, 92352
PO Box 1169 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Phone: 909-336-1699 Fax: 909-336-4497

Bowling and more!
23991 Lake Drive
Crestline, CA 92325
Phone: 909-338-5550

Rim of the World Historical Society Museum
Open Weekends during the summer season
27176 Penninsula Drive in Lake Arrowhead
Phone: 909-336-6666

Rim Nordic/Green Valley Nordic Ski Area
Cross Country Skiing
PO Box 2990 Running Springs, CA 92382
Phone: 909-867-2600 Fax: 909-337-9702

SkyPark at Santa’s Village

SkyPark at Santa’s Village is an outdoor adventure park located at the iconic California theme park, Santa’s Village,… more
Hours: Closed. Open today at 12 pm (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Website:
Address: 28949 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385

Phone: (909) 744-9373

Wildhaven Ranch
Wildlife sanctuary, education and visitor center for endangered and indigenous wild animals
PO Box 1782 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Phone: 909-337-1391

2018 Hosing Market Forecast from California Association of Realtors

Call me today and begin your home search in Lake Arrowhead – JoAnn Dickinson 909-260-8228

2018 Housing Market Forecast

The History of Lake Arrowhead

In 1826, the first white man to set foot in Little Bear Valley (now known as Lake Arrowhead) was a fur trader, who was a partner of Jedediah Smith. At that time, about 40 Paiute Indians, a warlike tribe, used the mountains for their hunting grounds. They lived in the high desert area. Many of these Indians were killed in a fight with the white men of Little Bear Valley, as a result of the Indians setting fire to one of the cabins in the Valley. At the same time, a more peaceful tribe of Indians, the Serranos, lived near Little Bear Valley, in an area now known as Rock Camp on the North side of the mountain. They did not bother the settlers until one of the white men made advances to an Indian maiden, which caused a skirmish killing both Indians and white men.
Later in the 1860′s, the main attraction for the white man at Little Bear Valley was logging, lumber, and cattle, and there were several saw mills in and around the Valley. The first so-called “Mormon Road” up the mountain was built in 1852. The “Daley Canyon Road” was built in 1870. Summers were productive in the Valley, but everything stopped in the Winter. A few families remained during the Winter months and the only diversion was to snowshoe to their neighbors (usually miles away) to visit.

In 1891, three Ohio businessmen chose Little Bear Valley as a likely spot for a reservoir, to supply water to the southern lowlands. Land was purchased and water rights were obtained. The Arrowhead Reservoir Company was formed. In 1890, a tramway, (a cable powered device) was built from Waterman Canyon up the mountain for the purpose of transporting supplies for the building of the dam. However, engineering problems rendered it unsuccessful. Consequently, supplies and machinery were transported via the switch-back road. Construction of the dam for the reservoir started in 1893. Camp I on the North slope of the Valley served as living quarters and mess hall for the workers.
In 1905, the property was transferred to a new corporation, Arrowhead Reservoir and Power Company, because the idea of utilizing the water for power had been conceived. The dam is what is known as a semi-hydraulic fill dam. It is 200 feet high, 720 feet long, and 1,100 feet thick at the base. It has a steel reinforced concrete core wall embedded 20 feet in bed rock. The trees and brush were removed from what was the bottom of the lake, so the decay would not be a problem. The lake filled slowly from runoff.
By 1912, the dam was 80% complete, and work continued for several years after that. The plans called for over 60 miles of water conveyances and tunnels. However, only 6 1/2 miles were completed, when it became known that the State ruled in favor of the ranchers on the upper desert side of the Northward facing watershed, and passed laws which prevented the diverting of water from its natural watersheds for other than domestic use. Thus the company was stopped with continuing its plan to transport water to the areas south of the mountains, and even though the lake was filling with water, the project was abandoned.
The Arrowhead Lake Company, a Los Angeles syndicate, bought Little Bear Valley and surrounding land (deriving the name from a natural formation in the form of an arrowhead on the face of the San Bernardino Mountain, near Arrowhead Hot Springs, which is rooted in Indian legend).
The Arrowhead Lake Company’s plan was to develop the mile high man-made lake into a fine recreation and residential area. Between 1921 and 1923, the dam was completed (31 feet higher than originally planned) and a road was constructed partially around the North shore of the lake. The Norman styled village which included a dance pavilion, outdoor movie theater, restaurant, beach and bath houses was completed. Three hotels were built; the Arlington Lodge, Village Inn, and North Shore Tavern. A 9-hole golf course was built on the site of the present golf course. Some of the lake side land was subdivided and was sold for private homes and secluded north shore estates. Many Hollywood stars stayed at the hotel during the era, and some purchased homes in the resort. The studios frequently used the area for making films.
A domestic water system, pumping water from deep in the lake, supplied water to homes and structures. Strict conditions affecting the use of land and building Arrowhead Woods were recorded with each tract, including the removal of trees.
During the World War II years, Lake Arrowhead Village was a popular rest and recuperation area for service men. Because of gas rationing, tourists were scarce.
In spite of the lot sales, financial troubles developed and Arrowhead Lake Company went into receivership. In 1946, the Los Angeles Turf Club (owners of Santa Anita Race Track) purchased the lake and surrounding properties, known as Arrowhead Woods. Several million dollars were spent by the Turf Club, within the first few years of their ownership, improving the properties. No lots to speak of were sold during the Turf Club ownership. However, they made several donations of land to various organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, San Bernardino County, churches, and Sister of St. Joseph of Orange (the builders of the hospital). They also donated $50,000 for the construction of the hospital. The famous North Shore Tavern was donated to the University of California and is now a popular conference center.
In 1960, three businessmen/developers from Los Angeles bought Lake Arrowhead and formed the Lake Arrowhead Development Company. They built the present 18-hole golf course. Eighteen residential tracts were subdivided, also with strict deed restrictions, and included in Arrowhead Woods.
A water filtration plant was built to filter domestic water supplied to the Arrowhead Woods residences.
In 1967, Lake Arrowhead Development Company merged with Boise Cascade Corporation of Boise, Idaho. Boise continued the subdivision of properties and developed five additional residential tracts.
In 1971, Lake Arrowhead was purchased by seven businessmen from Chicago. In 1973, Boise Cascade was forced to reacquire Lake Arrowhead through foreclosure. This Chicago group retained some of the properties not mortgaged by Boise, including some unsubdivided acreage. At the time Boise reacquired the property, they were faced with the problem of building a new dam or lowering the lake 70 feet, due to a study required by the State to be made of all dams in California following the Van Norman Dam incident in the 1971 Sylmar Earthquake. The study found the Arrowhead dam would probably be unsafe if an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude were to occur in this area.
However, Boise felt that the building of a dam should be shared by all property owners in Arrowhead Woods, and legislation was passed to permit a bond issue to be voted on by property owners to finance the building of a new dam downstream. A bond for seven million dollars was passed in 1974 and an earth fill dam was built. A small lake was formed between the two dams, named by a local resident, Papoose Lake.
The property owners in Arrowhead Woods bought Lake Arrowhead in October 1975 from Boise, and Boise sold their remaining holdings in Lake Arrowhead to Metropolitan Advertising Agency in 1977. In 1978, a group of investors, headed by developer, George Coult, bought the Village and Lodge properties, and in April 1979, a “Burn to Learn” exercise was conducted by the Lake Arrowhead Fire Protection District, with the San Bernardino County fire departments and Air Corps taking part. All structures in the Village were burned down except the original dance pavilion building, the post office and real estate office.
The beautiful new Village was built in much the same architecture as the old Village, and the dance pavilion was restored as the theme building, which now houses businesses. The Village includes a complete convenience shopping center, restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, specialty stores, factory outlets and lake tours on a 60-seat capacity paddle wheel.
The spectacular Arrowhead Hilton Lodge, now the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, was built on the site of the original Arlington Lodge and opened in November of 1982.
Today, Lake Arrowhead is not only a popular recreational area for visitors, it is also a beautiful year round alpine residential community at 5100 feet elevation.
For more information on our history please visit the Rim of the World History Society website.


2.5 mile loop, easy walk
This lakeside trail begins from the back of the South Beach Parking area in Lake Gregory Regional Park.
From Highway 18, take Lake Gregory Drive to San Moritz Drive. Turn Right on San Moritz and look for the Parking area on your left.
This is a great hike for dogs.

SEELEY CREEK TRAIL – 4W07 (Heart Rock) #4
1 mile each way, easy walk in Crestline
To reach this short trail turn left on FS Road 2N03 at the entrance to Camp Seeley on Highway 138.
Proceed ¼ mile to the trailhead, marked “Heart Rock 4W07”.
This easy hike follows Seeley Creek to an overlook called “Heart Rock” which marks the trail’s end.
The gentle grade of this trail makes it an excellent walk for all ages. The Adventure Pass is not required at this trailhead.

Moderately difficult Hikes in Cedar Glen
Located on Hook Creek Rd. in Cedar Glen (off Hwy. 173) Drive to end of Hook Creek Rd.
The road becomes a forest service dirt road. Stay left when the road forks.
Soon you will see an open gate on the right leading to a ½ mile drive to the picnic & restroom area.
An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Follow the signs to Deep Creek and the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from the Mexican border to the Canadian border so you can choose your own distance on this one.

1.7 miles each way, moderately difficult
Begins near site #11 at the North Shore Campground in Lake Arrowhead
(2 ways to reach the hiking trail)
To Reach trail #2N25:
Take Hospital Rd. (off Hwy. 173) When you drive up Hospital Rd. you will see a road on your left & a North Shore Campground sign.
Park along the road outside the campground. Proceed to site #11 where you will see the North Shore Recreation Trail sign
To Reach Trail #3W12:
Turn east on Torrey Road opposite the Lake Arrowhead Marina (on Hwy. 173)
Turn at first left and follow the dirt road 1/2 mile to where you reach the trail head on the east (right) side of 2N25.

1 mile loop, easy walk in Sky Forest
This interpretive trail is located 2 miles east of Sky Forest on Highway 18.
The trail is an easy walk for all ages that takes you through a self-guided tour with 25 points of interest about native plants and wildlife.

4.5 miles each way, moderately difficult in Running Springs (12% grade)
This trail will take you into some of the San Bernardino Mountains’ most beautiful country. This non-motorized trail crossing the 3,400 acre National Children’s Forest is open for use year round & is family-friendly. The trail starts on Keller Peak Road (first right after Deer Lick Fire Station, traveling toward Big Bear) in Running Springs on Hwy. 18. The trailhead is on the right a little way inside the gate. (The gate is locked from the first snowfall until the road is completely thawed and cleared of obstructions in the spring.)

0.5 mile loop, easy walk
This paved nature trail begins near the top of Keller peak Road in Running Springs.

THE PINNACLES 5745 #Just Past No. 10
3.5 mile each way, this is a moderate to difficult hike
To get to this trail head take HWY 173 down to the shooting range.
When you see the shooting range sign on your left , turn left on the left hand side of the shooting range (on the same side of the street) you should see the trail head post.
There is limited parking. The views from this hike can be quite spectacular so bring a camera plus we recommend plenty of water.
For a printable copy of the Lake Arrowhead trails hiking guide click here