San Jacinto Mountains
Located in California’s San Jacinto Mountains, Lake Fulmor is a small artificial lake named after Alexander Chope Fulmor. In the early 1930’s, as Riverside County Surveyor, Alexander was mapping out a new mountain highway connecting Banning and Idyllwild and suggested damming Indian Creek at Hall Canyon to form not only a road crossing (Highway 243) but also impound a lake. The lake was completed in the spring of 1947 and opened in 1948 after it was filled by spring runoff from Hall Canyon into Indian Creek. It was named Lake Fulmor in 1949.
My first visit to the lake was as a teenager in the late 1960’s. We would camp in the area every summer and the really great thing about the lake was jumping into it from the rock you see in the photo above. We’d spend all day climbing up one side of it and jumping off the other.
What I find interesting about Lake Fulmor these days are the half dozen or so giant sequoia trees found on the northwestern side of the lake. According to the Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany:
Not that it matters much in the grand scheme of things, but it makes me happy knowing they are there. Redwoods, and close to home, too.