This week the Bear travels to Elizabeth Lake in northwestern Los Angeles County, which is usually cold and snowing during this time of the year. 

Elizabeth Lake is a natural lake that is located directly on the San Andreas fault in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, near the city of #Palmdale

Around the year 1780, Spanish missionaries called the lake, “La Laguna del Diablo” or Devil’s Lake. There are several legends associated with the lake. They began when locals believed it harbored a pet of the Devil, who was later named the Elizabeth Lake Monster. 

In 1849, the name was changed again when a lady by the name of Elizabeth Wingfield was camping with her family next to the lake. As she walked on a log to fill buckets with water, she fell into the lake. Although she was not injured, people nearby saw her fall and starting to poke fun at the incident. The name Elizabeth Lake caught on from there. 

Elizabeth Lake is patrolled by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, who also polices: Acton, Agua Dulce, Big Pines, Green Valley, Lake Hughes, Leona Valley, Littlerock, Llano, Pearblossom, Valyermo and Vasquez Rocks. 

If you are in the area of Elizabeth Lake and see one of our deputies passing by, don’t be afraid to say, “Hello!”