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Welcome to Lake Forest ...

Lake Forest is located in Placer County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Lake Forest, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1947.

A typical abbreviation for Lake Forest: Lk. Forest

Lake Forest is 6,250 feet [1,905 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the elevation of Lake Forest is about 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Lake Forest lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Lake Forest lies within the (530) area code.

Communities Also Named Lake Forest ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two California communities named Lake Forest: This one is located in Placer County and the other is located in Orange County.

Beyond California, there are 27 communities that are also named Lake Forest - they are located in Alabama (2), Florida (3), Georgia (4), Illinois, Louisiana (2), Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lake Forest.

Communities near Lake Forest ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lake Forest.

  • Carson City
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
  • South Lake Tahoe
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Truckee
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Tahoe Vista
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Brockway
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
  • Kings Beach
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
  • Tahoe Pines
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tahoe Pines
    • Tahoe Pines is located in Placer County
  • Crystal Bay
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Homewood
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Tahoma Meadows
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tahoma Meadows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tahoma Meadows
    • Tahoma Meadows is located in Placer County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lake Forest. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lake Forest.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lake Forest. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lake Forest.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Forest. See our Newspapers Page for Lake Forest.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lake Forest ...

Looking for more information about Lake Forest? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Lake Forest, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Lake Forest.

Adding Lake Forest to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lake Forest in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Lake Forest was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<5>

From that list, the Lake Forest post office opened in 1947.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Lake Forest.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lake Forest. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Placer County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Placer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lake Forest - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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