Lake Sherwood and Sherwood Valley take their name from the oldest man-made lake in California and it is central to the history and development of the area. Built in 1904 and over 165 acres in size,
Sherwood residents enjoy the shimmering beauty of the lake amid volcanic islands and mountains that surround it. Fishing, sailing, party-boat “yachting” and kayaking are lake activities and two marinas serve the residents of the community.
The lake was first known as Potrero Lake, then became Canterbury Lake. With the 1921 filming of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr, the change to Lake Sherwood became permanent. Numerous other films and TV programs have and are filmed in the Sherwood area.
For many years, Lake Sherwood was a treasured summer retreat or weekend getaway to people from L.A. Quietly, a small, ecletic community evolved. Then, in 1986, David Murdock, resident of Hidden Valley, purchased the lake and surrounding acres and the plan for the creation of Sherwood Country Club began. It is a private gated community where over 650 homes will exist when completed within the next decade. Sherwood has 2 private golf clubs and 2 private golf courses – Sherwood Country Club and Sherwood Lake Club – and opportunities for outdoor recreation and fun with the surrounding open space, parks, walking paths, and more