Lake Sherwood, California

Coordinates: 34°07′34″N 118°53′17″W / 34.12611°N 118.88806°W / 34.12611; -118.88806
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Lake Sherwood, California
Lake Sherwood and the Santa Monica Mountains
Lake Sherwood and the Santa Monica Mountains
Location of Lake Sherwood in Ventura County, California.
Location of Lake Sherwood in Ventura County, California.
Lake Sherwood, California is located in California
Lake Sherwood, California
Lake Sherwood, California
Location within the state of California
Lake Sherwood, California is located in the United States
Lake Sherwood, California
Lake Sherwood, California
Lake Sherwood, California (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°07′34″N 118°53′17″W / 34.12611°N 118.88806°W / 34.12611; -118.88806
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.323 sq mi (8.607 km2)
 • Land3.135 sq mi (8.121 km2)
 • Water0.188 sq mi (0.486 km2)  5.65%
Elevation1,194 ft (364 m)
 • Total1,759
 • Density530/sq mi (200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code805
FIPS code06-39735
GNIS feature ID2585428
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Sherwood, California

Lake Sherwood is an unincorporated community in the Santa Monica Mountains, in Ventura County, California overlooking Lake Sherwood reservoir. It is a body contact lake, swimming, fishing, SUP and boating allowed, located south of the Conejo Valley and city of Thousand Oaks, and west of Westlake Village. The lake is naturally fed by thousand of acres of open-space, watershed mountains and natural springs.

While homes have been around the lake since the reservoir was created by the construction of Sherwood Dam in 1901, the community expanded with the development of the Sherwood Country Club golf course surrounded by luxury homes.

The ZIP Code is 91361, and the community is inside area code 805. The population was 1,759 at the 2020 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Lake Sherwood as a census-designated place (CDP).[2] The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name.


Lake Sherwood was part of Rancho El Conejo, owned by Don José de la Guerra y Noriega, founder of the prominent Guerra family of California.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km2), 3.1 square miles (8.1 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) of it (5.65%) is water.

Physical character[edit]

Lake Sherwood has approximately 660 residences and consists of a guard-gated golf-club community, three electronic-gated communities, and lake-view homes along Lake Sherwood Drive. The area is almost completely residential, most residents using neighboring Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, or Agoura Hills for commercial needs.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Lake Sherwood had a population of 1,527. The population density was 459.5 inhabitants per square mile (177.4/km2). The racial makeup of Lake Sherwood was 1,368 (89.6%) White, 5 (0.3%) African American, 1 (0.1%) Native American, 101 (6.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 9 (0.6%) from other races, and 43 (2.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52 persons (3.4%).

The Census reported that all residents lived in single-family households. There were 558 households, out of which 194 (34.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 429 (76.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 25 (4.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 18 (3.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 12 (2.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 4 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 72 households (12.9%) were made up of individuals, and 32 (5.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74. There were 472 families (84.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.96.

The population is spread out, with 368 people (24.1%) under the age of 18, 92 people (6.0%) aged 18 to 24, 198 people (13.0%) aged 25 to 44, 623 people (40.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 246 people (16.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

There were 593 housing units at an average density of 178.4 per square mile (68.9/km2), of which 520 (93.2%) were owner-occupied, and 38 (6.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.3%. 1,418 people (92.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 109 people (7.1%) lived in rental housing units.


The area is served by the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Students attend Westlake Elementary, Colina Middle School, and Westlake High School.

Notable people[edit]

Among the notable residents are hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who lived in a Georgian-style estate designed by fellow Canadian, Richard Landry. Gretzky sold the estate in 2007 for 18.5 million to another sports-star, baseball's Lenny Dykstra and moved to a slightly less extravagant mansion in the community. Since then, Dykstra's financial and legal problems forced him to sell the estate to a private individual and move away from the community. Dykstra declared bankruptcy, causing him to lose the property to foreclosure and in 2018 Gretzky repurchased the same property that he previously sold to Dykstra.[6] Singer Paul Anka moved to Lake Sherwood in 2007 and owns multiple properties in the exclusive neighborhood. Tom Petty lived in a lakefront retreat that was originally built in 1931. Producer/Author/Journalist Larry Garrison resides with his wife. The tennis legend Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, built a very large, modern, hilltop estate they have since moved from the house. Britney Spears moved to the community in 2011 but recently moved into nearby Hidden Valley. Many other famous inhabitants own property in the community, however, they are only part-time residents and use their estates as a second home or as a retreat. Sylvester Stallone owned a lakefront hideaway that was featured in the film American Pie. Also, William Randolph Hearst, who was one of the first famous residents in the area and owned property around the lake, used his estate as a vacation getaway during the 1920s and 1930s.

Motion picture and television location[edit]

Lake Sherwood and Portero Rd. from Thousand Oaks
Sherwood Dam, Lake Sherwood, and surrounding community

Lake Sherwood lies just west of several major movie ranches and has frequently been used as a filming location for television shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, The Rockford Files, and Little House on the Prairie.

Lake Sherwood was named from being the location for Sherwood Forest in the 1922 film, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks.[7] The 1938 film, The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn, also had a single scene shot on location at "Sherwood Forest".

A mock cliff was constructed for several film serials, the lake was often used for motorboat chases and bordering forests were used for Tarzan and Jungle Jim films, and The Tiger Woman.[8] A full scale Tibetan village was built for Lost Horizon,[9] an Italian village for Blake Edwards's What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) and an alien village for Jonathan Frakes's Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).[10]

The film Bridesmaids (2011) was filmed in the community. The Sherwood Country Club was prominently featured in the pre-wedding scenes.


Films shot in Lake Sherwood include:[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Sherwood, California
  3. ^ "Census Data: Lake Sherwood (cdp)". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Lake Sherwood CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Flemming, Neal J. Leitereg, Jack. "Wayne Gretzky shells out $13.5 million for a familiar place in Thousand Oaks".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Behlmer, Rudy (1979). The Adventures of Robin Hood. Madison, Wisconsin: Univ of Wisconsin Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-299-07940-6.
  8. ^ p.21-22 Schneider, Jerry L. Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen:Vol. IV: The Locations
  9. ^ p.131 Von Gunden, Kenneth Flights of Fancy: The Great Fantasy Films McFarland
  10. ^ Erdmann, Terry J. (1998). The Secrets of Star Trek:Insurrection. New York City, New York: Pocket Books. p. 58. ISBN 0-671-02494-9.
  11. ^ Schneider, Jerry L. (2014). Lord of the Jungle Filming Locations of California. Lulu Press. Pages 19-21. ISBN 9780983197270.
  12. ^ Schneider, Jerry L. (2015). Western Filming Locations: Book 1. CP Entertainment Books. Pages 126-129. ISBN 9780692561348.
  13. ^ Gunden, Kenneth Von (1989). Flights of Fancy: The Great Fantasy Films. McFarland. Page 131. ISBN 9780786412143.
  14. ^ Times, Los Angeles (March 21, 2016). "On the set of 'What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?'".