Lake Forest, a city in Orange County, California, was incorporated on December 20, 1991. Prior to incorporation, the name of the community was El Toro. Following a vote in 2000, the municipal borders of Lake Forest were enlarged to include the master-planned communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. This development brought additional residences and commercial districts to the northeastern city limit.


Lake Forest derives its name from the city’s 2 man-made lakes, Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club and the Sun and Sail Club. Their coastlines are lined with condominiums and custom homes varying in size from large to modest. Each complex has basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, several swimming pools, saunas, fitness centers, hot tubs, BBQ pits, and clubhouses for social gatherings.

The “forest” area of the city is located between Ridge Route, Jeronimo, Lake Forest, and Serrano roads, and is predominantly composed of Eucalyptus trees. It was established when a local landowner, Dwight Whiting, planted a clump of Eucalyptus trees on 400 acres (1.6 km2) in the neighborhood of Serrano Creek as part of a timber operation designed to attract development.

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Lake Forest is bounded on the west and north by Irvine, on the southwest by Laguna Hills and Laguna Woods, on the southeast by Mission Viejo, on the east by Trabuco Canyon and Silverado Canyon, and on the north by Limestone Canyon Regional Park.

Lake Forest is situated in the center of the Saddleback Valley, with its northern-eastern border bordering the Santa Ana Foothills. Additionally, it is located in the northern portion of South Orange County.

There are 8 elementary schools, 1 middle school in the city, and 1 high school in Lake Forest.

The current population of Lake Forest is 85,858, making it the most populated city in South Orange County.


Lake Forest

California, USA
Drive from Lake Forest Dr and I-5 S/San Diego Fwy to Laguna Hills
10 min (5.6 mi)

Drive to your destination – Laguna Dental Center 2 min (449 ft)



Published on January 16, 2023, Updated on January 17, 2023