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Helpful Information & Phone Numbers


For Emergencies: Dial 911
Non-emergency information: 949-770-6011

Non-emergency information:
Police Department:
Orange County Sheriff
phone: 949-770-6011

Fire Protection and Emergency Services are provided by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).
OCFA main line: 714-573-6000
OCFA public information: 714-573-6200


El Toro Library
24672 Raymond Way
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 855-8173

Children's programs, computers, storytime

The Friends of the El Toro Library operate a used book store adjacent to the library; proceeds help fund library programs and materials..


El Toro Main Office

24552 Raymond Way, Lake Forest

Phone: (800) ASK-USPS


Cable TV:
Cox Communications (949) 720-2020

Southern California Gas 800-427-2200

Southern California Edison 800-655-4555

Trash collection:

El Toro Water District 949-837-7050
Irvine Ranch Water District 949-53-5300
Trabuco Canyon Water District 949-858-0277

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Apartments in Lake Forest

Avalon Communities
Canyonwoods & Arboretum at Lake Forest

Close to fabulous dining, shopping and entertainment, Avalon's Lake Forest apartments are premier California communities.

With Avalon, you can be satisfied with Orange County apartments that will meet your every need. Their team of friendly and helpful staff members can help you with special requests, such as if you need a pet-friendly apartment.

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Lake Forest public schools are served by:

Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Phone: (949) 586-1234

For more information on Orange County Education, please visit our education page.

Foreign Language Classes for Kids:

LangoKids Irvine
Hola, Bonjour! Welcome to LangoKids Irvine!

Lango Kids Irvine is a full-immersion foreign language program that teaches Spanish and French to kids ages 2-10 at our facility in Irvine! Classes, taught by native or near-native speaking teachers, are 45-minutes for toddlers and 1.5 hour classes for kids 4 and up. Our low teacher-student ratio classes are designed to help your child achieve his/her higher potential and love for the language. Our program has been voted Best of OC several times and continues being the preferred language program by many in Irvine and surrounding areas.

Language Immersion Camps are also available! For classes and Camp Lango pricing and location, contact us or visit our website by clicking the link above.

Summer Camp in Lake Forest

Etnies Skate Park Summer Skate Camp

With over 500 participants successfully completing skate camp at the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest since we opened in 2003, our skate camp programming has grown into one of the most successful skate camp programs offered through city programming. Each day of camp will consist of detailed instruction, camp activities, skateboard movies, games, and a lunch break. Specific clinics covering the basics of ollies, kick flips, rails, boxes, and ramp skateboarding will be held by experienced Skatepark staff. Each week campers will also receive a DVD of the week's highlights produced by the Skatepark staff along with an introduction to skateboard videography. All proceeds go directly to keeping the park free.

For more information please call the park at 949-916-5870

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Hospitals & Health Care


Nearby medical treatment:


Children's Hospital at Mission (CHM)
27700 Medical Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center
27700 Medical Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


Recovery Programs in Lake Forest

Able To Change Recovery
Offering residential, partial, and intensive outpatient programs

Able To Change Recovery is an Orange County alcohol rehab and drug treatment center specializing in substance abuse, alcoholism, dual-diagnosis and addiction recovery.

With locations in Lake Forest, Capo-Beach and San Juan Capistrano, this modern medical-model treatment center is licensed and certified, CARF Accredited, and is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most cost-effective chemical dependency treatment to those suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, and related mental illnesses.

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Parks & Recreation

Lake Forest Park Information

City of Lake Forest Park Information
Click here for map


Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Over 1,500 acres of deeply forested canyons, scenic rock formations and grassy rolling hills are enriched by intermittent streams and trails to create an ideal open-air opportunity for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The park's interpretive center features a trail rest stop, cultural and natural history exhibits and park information.

Mountain Biking / Cycling:

Whiting Ranch: Very popular for the novice rider. Please use caution when riding. Especially if you are a beginner. You'll have to learn what your limits are and when to slow down. A little bit of info for advanced riders

Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Lake Forest Drive and head east for 4-5 miles until you get to Portola Ave. Go left on Portola, past Bake Ave. and turn into the Ralph's parking lot on the right hand side. Towards the far left end of the parking lot you will see the entrance to the park and designated parking. Make sure you put money in the box or it can cost you a big fat ticket.

  • Parking costs: $2.00 in the lot.
  • Facilities: Off of the parking area
  • Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate
  • Trail Users: Mostly bikers, but equestrians are common, hikers also are present


Etnies Skate Park

Designed for all ages, these lessons can help develop the skills needed to succeed on your skateboard. Beginning, intermediate and private classes are available. Taught by experienced riders who are capable of showing beginning riders where to start and showing advanced riders new tricks such as switch stance and pool coping grinds. Availability is limited. Full protective gear consisting of a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads are required. Skate park is open for free skating during scheduled hours.

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Shopping & Services in Lake Forest

Lake Forest Shopping:

The Arbor on El Toro
- Starts on El Toro Rd east of the 5 Freeway - Newly constructed, includes apparel, Coffee Houses & dining, fitness club, home furnishings & more.

- Laguna Hills Mall - Laguna Hills - Easy to get to, easy to shop. Anchor stores include Macys, JCPenney and Sears. (5 minutes away)

- The Shops at Mission Viejo - Showcase mall with Nordstrom's, Sak's and more. (10 minutes away)

More Orange County Shopping

Bail Bonds:

Angels Bail Bonds
Agents are standing by to assist you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

This family-owned bail bond company has been helping their neighbors all over the state of California get loved ones out of jail since 1958. Compassionate, professional Bail experts know the ins and outs of each jail in the Orange County, and are pros at helping first time defendants post bail for charges from DWIs to Domestic Violence. Their affordable bail bonds service includes fast, easy approval for signature bonds, flexible financing options and no documentation if you’re a homeowner. Their team of bail bond agents are highly trained, knowledgeable professionals with decades of experience working with the intricacies of the California bail bonds industry.

Places of Worship:

Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch

Small, neighborhood church with a strong and healthy community that invites you to help your family grow closer to the Lord!

Meets at: 26882 Vista Terrace
Lake Forest, Ca

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Saddleback Community Church

1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, California 92630
Phone: 949-609-8000


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Restaurants & Dining

La Cocina de Ricardo
23532 El Toro Rd., #11
Lake Forest

Outstanding Authentic Mexican food served in a festive and friendly atmosphere. The success of La Cocina de Ricardo is dedicated to the family tradition of excellence that began with Grandma Juana in Mixtlán Jalisco, México.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

More Orange County Restaurants

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Nearby Hotels & Lodging

Irvine Marriott
Just Blocks from John Wayne Airport Featuring Newly Renovated Lobby and Lounge

Whether you're traveling to Orange County for business or pleasure, the Irvine Marriott Hotel places you in the center of it all. This hotel features a newly renovated lobby and lounge with indoor and outdoor gathering space and is ideally situated minutes from famous Orange County beaches, world-class Irvine shopping, Disney, golf, and entertainment. Located just two blocks from the John Wayne Airport, our guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service that provides a relaxing and hassle-free arrival experience.

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