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Notice of Availability and Notice of Intent- Lake Gregory Sediment Management & Bioretention Program - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Notice of Availability and Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

for the proposed

Lake Gregory Sediment Management & Bioretention Program

located at

Lake Gregory Regional Park and certain adjacent parcels in the community of Crestline,

San Bernardino County


The County of San Bernardino Regional Parks Department has completed an Initial Study/ Environmental Checklist Form and intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the above project.  The proposed project consists of initial sediment removal, establishment of bioretention storm water basins, and an ongoing maintenance program.  The Project is located within the unincorporated community of Crestline. The proposed Project is located within Section 23, Township 2 North, Range 4 West, San Bernardino North Quadrangle, San Bernardino Base and Meridian.


The document has been prepared to meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and is available for review at the following locations: Crestline Library, 24105 Lake Gregory Drive, Crestline; Lake Arrowhead Library, 27235 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead; and County of San Bernardino Regional Parks Department, 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA.


The public comment period will end on February 28, 2014. The Notice of Intent, Initial Study/Environmental Checklist, Biological Resources Assessment and Jurisdictional Delineation Report are below in PDF format. 


For further information call (909) 387-2588.  Written comments should be addressed to: Phil Krause, Park Planner III, County of San Bernardino Regional Parks Department, 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0763.


Appendix A Lake Gregory BRA.pdf                    Appendix B Lake Gregory JD.pdf



NOI MND Phase 2 (B) 01-22-14.pdf                  Management and Bioretention Prog IS.pdf




Glen Helen Park to Open New Campground


Glen Helen Regional Park will be opening a new and improved campground with 50 sites. There are sites for RV camping with full hookups and for tent camping, in about equal portion. The campground offers plenty of the standard amenities from electricity, bathrooms & showers, to individual fire pits or barbeques. The park has many activities that visitors can do. There is always fishing and hiking, as well as disc golf plus a waterpark that is open during the summer.

The campground is directly across from the park and the San Manuel Amphitheater, which hosts many concerts throughout the year. The proximity to the venue will allow you to attend a concert and relax in a campsite afterward to avoid the drive home that night. You could make a mini- vacation centered on your concert of choice.


Both the park and campsite allow dogs on-leashes, so you don't have to worry about finding care for your dog(s) when you camp. The park has plenty of grass areas and trails that everyone can enjoy. The park has a great view of the mountains and is far enough from the freeway to provide the peace and quiet you need. It is great place to have a weekend vacation that isn't too far from home or civilization, but just far enough to enjoy nature. The county takes reservations up to a year in advance and will start taking reservations for the new site starting January 1, 2014, so be sure to mark your calendars.


El Parque Glen Helen abre Nuevo Terreno de Camping


El Parque Glen Helen abrirá un nuevo y mejorado terreno de camping con 50 espacios. Habrá espacios para acampar de RV con conexiones completas y para tiendas de campaña, en aproximadamente igual porción. El sitio ofrece varios servicios estándar incluso; electricidad, baños y duchas, hasta fogatas o barbacoas individuales. El parque tiene una gran cantidad de actividades para los visitantes. Siempre hay pesca y senderismo, golf con discos, y un parque acuático que está abierto durante el verano.


El campamento y el parque se encuentran justo enfrente del Anfiteatro de San Manuel, donde se celebran numerosos conciertos durante todo el año. La proximidad al anfiteatro le permitirá atender un concierto y relajarse en un campamento después para evitar el regreso a casa de noche. Usted puede hacer una vacación solo para el concierto.


El parque y el campamento permiten mascotas, para que usted no tenga que preocuparse por encontrar cuidado para su mascota cuando se acampa. El parque cuenta con muchas zonas de césped y senderos que cualquier persona puede disfrutar. El parque tiene una gran vista de las montañas y está lo suficientemente lejos de la autopista para proporcionar la tranquilidad que necesita. Es un gran lugar para disfrutar de unas vacaciones de fin de semana que no está demasiado lejos de casa o de la civilización, pero lo suficientemente lejos para disfrutar de la naturaleza. El condado tiene reservas de hasta un año de antelación y comenzará a tomar reservas para el nuevo sitio a partir del 1 enero de 2014, asegúrese de marcar sus calendarios.


Trout Season Triple-Opener at County Regional Parks - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 What could be better for both serious anglers and recreational fishermen than trout season opening day at their favorite local lake?  Three opening days at five lakes throughout San Bernardino County!


The season begins October 25 at Mojave Narrows in Victorville, Yucaipa Regional Park , and Prado Regional Park in Chino. Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will kick off their season on October 26 followed by Glen Helen in Devore on November 1. Hundreds of anglers and their families are expected to visit the lakes for some fishing fun..


To sweeten the deal, all lakes will be stocked with Ruby Reds and Nebraska tailwalker Rainbow Trout – big fish with a lot of fight.


According to Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch in Bridgeport, Nebraska, where the tailwalkers are bred, these fish are “triploid Kamloop Rainbow Trout.”  Triploid means they are sterile and do not produce eggs, and therefore the energy that is usually spent on reproduction is instead used to build up muscle and allows them to grow faster than other varieties of Rainbow Trout.


The special fish get the name “tail walker” from their own unique “dance” when they are reeled in. According to the breeder’s website, these big fish “give a fight while being reeled in, giving the angler an adrenaline rush never experienced with a Rainbow Trout.”


“We staggered the openings at the parks so our loyal anglers don’t have to choose only one lake for opening day, but have the opportunity to fish several fully-stocked lakes at the start to what promises to be a great season,” said Keith Lee, San Bernardino County Regional Parks’ Director. 


The County will begin stocking the lakes before the season openers, and will continue weekly through April 2014. Multiple fishing workshops and derbies will also be held


On November 1, Glen Helen will host its first cosmic fishing event for nighttime glow-in-the-dark fishing fun. So come out and get your glow on from 3 to 9 pm. There will be giveaways and more at the event.


Regional parks open at 7:30 a.m. Entrance is $8 per vehicle weekdays, $10 weekends; a fishing permit is $8 per person for all ages.  California state fishing regulations apply and a state fishing license must be obtained before visiting the parks.  No state licenses are sold at the parks.


For more information about the trout season openers, fishing in general at San Bernardino County Parks, or about the upcoming derbies and workshops, visit www.sbcountyparks.org or call (909) 38-PARKS.



CALICO GHOST TOWN CIVIL WAR DAYS –   While the old west participated in the U.S. Civil War indirectly and from afar, and largely concerned itself with matters other than the war – including mining – fierce battles raged in the southern and eastern regions of the nation.  However, the rugged dusty hills and sagebrush of Calico Ghost Town lends itself fitting as a stage for Civil War re-enactments.


Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-18, 2013, is when it all hits home in our local Calico Ghost Town with three full days of re-enactments of the battles, bugles, and banjos of the Civil War era. 


More than 300 members of the American Civil War Society become the rival armies of the Union and the Confederacy.  Visitors will get a first-hand experience of the day – they can visit soldiers’ campsites see how the troops lived during this era; watch processions of cavalry troopers and horses thunder into town; view formal troop inspections and military drills conducted twice daily; and they must not miss the spectacle of the battles (not that the boom of cannon fire will let them miss it).  In addition, walk among the fashions of the day paraded by the men and women and enjoy live music of 1860’s.  The weekend promises non-stop Civil War activities, including appearances by Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address each day of the event.


Calico Ghost Town offers RV and tent camping, as well as cabin and bunkhouse rental.  To reserve camping, book online at www.sbcountyparks.com.  For cabins and bunkhouse reservations call (800) 86-CALICO.


Daily admission for the Civil War event is $10 adults; $5 ages 6-15.  Children 5 and under are FREE.  A two-day pass is available for $15 adults; $8 ages 6-15.  Visit www.calicotown.com for detailed information.




CONTACT: Keith Lee, Director of Regional Parks (909) 387-2757


Long awaited silt management project set to get underway

 CRESTLINE, CA -- The swim beach at Lake Gregory Regional Park in Crestline will soon get its needed face lift.

 County Regional Parks Department recently solicited bids to remove approximately 10,000 cubic yards of silt from above and below the water line in the swim beach area. Eight contractors responded and the contract will be offered to the lowest bidder, WTA Construction which is based locally in the San Bernardino mountains. 

 With the notice of award, the contractor will have 10 days to produce bonds and insurance before the project can proceed. Once the contract is finalized, the contractor is required to prepare and submit a mandatory Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

 With final approval of the plan, the contractor will be clear to begin the physical work on the swim beach project.

 I can assure members of the Crestline community that this project is and continues to be a top priority, and we will all benefit from quality work that will restore the lake,” said Rick Dinon, Chair of the Lake Gregory Improvement Committee.

 “This lake is an asset to the entire mountain community and it is our aim to maintain its health and beauty,” said Keith Lee, Director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks.

 The contract term is 60-days and the contractor will be required to complete all the work within that time frame.



From a Park Worker to a Camp Host, San Bernardino County Regional Parks has plenty of volunteer opportunities.  For more information, email us at acole@parks.sbcounty.gov, or call our volunteer coordinator, Adrian Cole at (909) 387-3331. 

Volunteer Brochure .pdf

Glen Helen Trout Derby Winners! - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 14, 2012 Glen Helen Trout Derby Winners!

  1. 3lb  9oz - Henry Fabela, Pomona – small lake – pink power worm
  2. 3lb 3oz – Angel Chavez, Rialto – small lake – trigger jigs
  3. 3lb 2oz – Juventino Aguirre Urzua, Moreno Valley
  4. 2lb 10oz – Norm Stone, San Bernardino – big lake – corn power bait
  5. 2lb 8oz – Robert Hicks, Yucaipa

Public Meeting Notice- Moabi Mobile Home Park Tenants - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Public Meeting on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1:30pm in the clubhouse to discuss upcoming changes at Park Moabi  


Calico Ghost Town Blacksmith to Restore Stamp Mill - Friday, March 04, 2011

                                  Calico to have the third operating stamp mill in California

 Approximately, three years ago, Klaus Duebbert of Banning, CA, a restorer of antique equipment and acting blacksmith for Calico Ghost Town, discovered a two-stamp mill in storage at the base of Calico Ghost Town’s parking lot.  The Baker Foundry stamp mill dates back to 1870 and was used in gold, silver mining and other precious metals.   


Duebbert got interested in the possibility of restoring the Calico Stamp Mill after seeing the work of a colleague who restored the Big Bear Stamp Mill.  “The stamp mill had been sitting at Calico for years,” said Duebbert.  “I convinced representatives of San Bernardino County Regional Parks to put it back together and have it operate again,” he said.  


The cost to restore the mill is $7,000.  So far, through in-kind and monetary donations, Duebbert has raised half the needs.


The stamp mill was originally located in Daggett and definitely part of the California Gold Rush, according to Deubbert.  Although there were a few parts missing from the original mill, he was able to rebuild them.  Currently the foundation and framework is up and the motor box has been installed.  The project is half way through completion with the remainder of the work involving the building of a gear reducer, replacement of all the wood and installing the belts.  Duebbert is hoping to receive the in-kind or monetary donations necessary to complete the project to have it up and running for Calico Ghost Town’s spring music festival, May 7th.


Calico Ghost Town was officially proclaimed California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town in 2005. The site of California’s largest silver strike in its history, over $20 million in silver was pulled from Calico’s mines between 1881 and 1892.  When silver prices devaluated and the silver rush came to an abrupt end, so did Calico and by 1907 the town became abandoned – left a ghost town.


The restoration of the Calico Stamp Mill will make it the third operational stamp mill in Southern California.


“We look forward to having the stamp mill running again,” said Keith Lee, Regional Parks Director.  “It will bring back the sights and sounds of an operational mill to Calico Ghost Town that hasn’t been heard in these parts for nearly a century.”  During the 1880’s, the stamp mill was transported on a narrow gauge rail, set up on a hillside and ore chutes fed the rocks into it.  The ore was then processed through a classifying table where chemical leeching or amalgams separated the silver from the ore.  Once the silver had been separated it was melted, cast into ingots and shipped off to the United States Mint or sold to the banks.


Calico plans to hold daily demonstrations of the stamp mill and more frequently during festivals and special event weekends at Calico Ghost Town.