The Beauty of Grass Valley Lake Up In The San Bernardino Mountains

The view of Grass Valley Lake up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The view of Grass Valley Lake up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Self-portrait taken out at Grass Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Self-portrait taken out at Grass Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Grass Valley Lake is a small lake located in the San Bernardino Mountains. It is not a lake that people can swim in, but it is very peaceful to walk around and look at the ducks swimming along its pond. One day in late November I took a walk down to Grass Valley Lake, and I enjoyed watching the ducks swim and create ripples in the water. There is something very serene about watching ducks in a small lake, which is more like a pond, and hearing them quack. Also, I enjoy photographing the boulders, reeds, and trees near Grass Valley Lake. The entire photo shoot at Grass Valley Lake was an aesthetically pleasing experience. If you are driving to the San Bernardino Mountains from the Los Angeles area, it will take about two hours to get here.

Driving Up To The San Bernardino Mountains

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A markerLos Angeles -
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Grass Valley Lake, California 92352, USA
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Today is a late November day up in the San Bernardino Mountains, and I have decided to take an early morning walk to Grass Valley Lake. Many people are yearning to go to black Friday sales and stock up on gifts for the holidays, but I just felt like going for a walk in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Grass Valley Lake with reeds near the shore.
Grass Valley Lake with reeds near the shore. | Source
Looking down at Grass Valley Lake.
Looking down at Grass Valley Lake. | Source
Reeds in the foreground, and ducks swimming on the water in the distance.
Reeds in the foreground, and ducks swimming on the water in the distance. | Source
Boulders and reeds near the lake make it look serene.  The reflection of the tree in the water is very enjoyable to look at.
Boulders and reeds near the lake make it look serene. The reflection of the tree in the water is very enjoyable to look at. | Source
Glancing down at the lake in the early morning.
Glancing down at the lake in the early morning. | Source
A long shot of Grass Valley Lake with the surrounding mountains in the distance.
A long shot of Grass Valley Lake with the surrounding mountains in the distance. | Source

Another thing that I enjoyed photographing out at Grass Valley Lake was the sun glistening off the water, which reminded me of something much more magnificent that the most coveted diamonds in the world.

In the video above you can watch the water glistening off Grass Valley Lake.

Boulders and the reflection of trees on the Lake.
Boulders and the reflection of trees on the Lake. | Source
Reeds and a duck on the Lake.
Reeds and a duck on the Lake. | Source
The reeds are the central focus of this photo on Grass Valley Lake.
The reeds are the central focus of this photo on Grass Valley Lake. | Source
Two ducks swimming on the lake.
Two ducks swimming on the lake. | Source
Quack, quack go the ducks on Grass Valley Lake.
Quack, quack go the ducks on Grass Valley Lake. | Source
The ducks create streams behind them as they paddle across the lake.
The ducks create streams behind them as they paddle across the lake. | Source
Shiny water on Grass Valley Lake is more beautiful than diamonds.  There is just something stunning about shining water, which makes the most expensive diamond pale in comparison.
Shiny water on Grass Valley Lake is more beautiful than diamonds. There is just something stunning about shining water, which makes the most expensive diamond pale in comparison. | Source
Another look at Grass Valley Lake.
Another look at Grass Valley Lake. | Source
More ducks swimming on Grass Valley Lake.
More ducks swimming on Grass Valley Lake. | Source
A solitary duck bobbing about on the lake.
A solitary duck bobbing about on the lake. | Source
The north east corner of Grass Valley Lake.
The north east corner of Grass Valley Lake. | Source
The duck can be seen from behind the reeds.
The duck can be seen from behind the reeds. | Source

I love to see the duck from behind the reeds on the edge of the lake.

Reflections in the water.
Reflections in the water. | Source
The rocks near the shore of the small lake.
The rocks near the shore of the small lake. | Source
The shadows of the trees reflected on the lake.
The shadows of the trees reflected on the lake. | Source
The sun bounces and shines off the water.
The sun bounces and shines off the water. | Source
The reeds and the ducks are what make Grass Valley Lake serene.
The reeds and the ducks are what make Grass Valley Lake serene. | Source
Sparkle and shine the day away, oh beautiful lake!
Sparkle and shine the day away, oh beautiful lake! | Source
The shimmer of Grass Valley Lake!
The shimmer of Grass Valley Lake! | Source
The intense sparkle of the sun penetrating the water.
The intense sparkle of the sun penetrating the water. | Source
Glistening and luxuriant day walking by the lake.
Glistening and luxuriant day walking by the lake. | Source
Pine and oak trees all around Grass Valley Lake.
Pine and oak trees all around Grass Valley Lake. | Source
The rays of sunshine beaming down on the lake below.
The rays of sunshine beaming down on the lake below. | Source
People are not allowed to swim in Grass Valley Lake, but you can stroll by and admire its beauty.
People are not allowed to swim in Grass Valley Lake, but you can stroll by and admire its beauty. | Source
All that shimmers on Grass Valley Lake.
All that shimmers on Grass Valley Lake. | Source
The trees are reflected in the magnificent mirror of Grass Valley Lake.
The trees are reflected in the magnificent mirror of Grass Valley Lake. | Source
This would be a beautiful scene to paint.
This would be a beautiful scene to paint. | Source
Gazing at the reflection of trees in the water.
Gazing at the reflection of trees in the water. | Source

The short video of Grass Valley Lake below allows you to experience the beauty and tranquility of this small body of water, right from the comfort of your computer. People all over the world can see what Grass Valley Lake looks like without ever having to travel to the San Bernardino Mountains.

People are not allowed to swim in Grass Valley Lake, but this is the ideal place to go on a walk if you are living or staying in the area. Also, stopping by Grass Valley Lake just to take a few pictures is a great way to relax, and for the ideal landscape photography opportunities. My photos always inspire my drawings, so I am always thinking of places where I can take inspirational pictures.

Looking out towards the south side of Grass Valley Lake.
Looking out towards the south side of Grass Valley Lake. | Source
I walked over two miles to take pictures of Grass Valley Lake on a late November morning.
I walked over two miles to take pictures of Grass Valley Lake on a late November morning.
The different shapes are fun to look at in the reflections of the water.
The different shapes are fun to look at in the reflections of the water. | Source
There are many beautiful trees and ducks to be spotted on a walk to Grass Valley Lake.
There are many beautiful trees and ducks to be spotted on a walk to Grass Valley Lake. | Source

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Beautiful pictures and nice to watch ducks swimming. Heard about the The downtown Grass Valley area that it is one of the best preserved historic towns in the United States. Watched the photographs of the town and it is awesome! You can make a hub on that and the summer fair is also said to be interesting.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi dinkan53,

I know there is a town named Grass Valley Lake, but this is a different Grass Valley Lake I have photographed and wrote about. This Grass Valley Lake is actually not much larger than a pond, and located near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Oh,I see any way like your photographs and rated the hub up and beautiful.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you dinkan53!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Beautiful photos... looks like a great place to just unwind and getaway from the daily stresses of life. I might have to check that place out sometime!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Barbergirl28,

I definitely recommend Grass Valley Lake as a fun place to stop and take pictures. You could even have a picnic lunch there. If you are looking for a lake to swim in - there is no swimming in this lake - recommend checking out Lake Gregory in Crestine, which is about twenty minutes from here.


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

They were superb photos. Well done. Thank you forgiving so muchpleasure.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Thanks so much for the tip. Last year we were going to check out Lake Perris for some good old fashioned swimming and then I heard the horror stories. However, we like nature and walks and it would be cool to get out.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

What an absolutely gorgeous spot! I envy you your walks up the mountain.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hello, Hello,

Glad you enjoyed my photo tour of Grass Valley Lake in the San Benrardino Mountains.

Barbergirl28,

I have heard Lake Perris is bad for swimming, but I think the difference between it and Grass Valley Lake is the former still allows it. Lake Gregory is nice for swimming, and they even have water slides, which I think your kids might like. However, Grass Valley is great for a picnic and taking pictures.

Paradise7,

Thank you Paradise. I am sure you have many lovely places you walk as well.

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