• Victim of house fire identified February 27, 2015
    The San Bernardino County Coroner's office has released the name of the victim of Thursday's house fire in Big Bear Lake.
  • Coffee with a cop February 27, 2015
    On March 10, members of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station invite you to have a cup of coffee with them.
  • Winter weather on the horizon February 26, 2015
    Is another March Miracle in store for Big Bear Valley? That’s what residents are hoping for this weekend when a long overdue winter storm weaves its way to Southern California and the San Bernardino M
  • Deputies search for burglary suspects February 26, 2015
    Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a commercial burglary that occurred in Big Bear City in the predawn hours of Feb. 26.
  • Structure fire reported February 26, 2015
    UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the structure fire in the 42000 block of Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake has claimed the life of a female inside.
  • Hospital auxiliary seeks associate members February 26, 2015
    The annual drive for associate membership in the Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary has begun. The Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary welcomes any individual or organization that would lik
  • Deputies arrest man on drug possession charge February 25, 2015
    Blake Rush, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned on possession charges Thursday, Feb. 26. He was arrested in Big Bear Lake Feb. 24.
  • Talented teens perform at Big Bear Idol competition February 25, 2015
    The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake honored young musicians Feb. 21 at the Big Bear Idol music competition. Nine high school-aged contestants participated in the event at the Big Bear Lake Performing Art


Love the outdoors? Big Bear mountain in California (CA) is a region with fun year-round activities for families, couples, and individuals who like the outdoors, arts and crafts, and gorgeous scenery. This area is popular for camping on both private and public campgrounds, skiing, summer lake vacations, and year-round outdoor sports that draw visitors from all over. The official name of the cities in this area are Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. In this mountainous area, there are many villages, lakes, and cities that people visit from all over the country. The area is best known for outdoor activities like boating and fishing on and around the lake, as well as winter sports of all kinds (skiing, snowboarding, and more). Great area activities include:

  • Big Bear Camping: This area offers tent sites, RV sites, group campgrounds and more. Many campsites have lake access, fishing, boating, along with outstanding hiking and biking trails.
  • Swimming: Swim at Meadow Park beach or at lakeside areas all over, including camp sites, hotels, condos, and lake homes.
  • Zoo: Visit the Moonridge Animal Park, a small zoo that rehabilitates animals and helps with species survival efforts. Don’t forget to see the petting zoo at Baldwin Stables too.
  • Alpine Slide: In the winter, it’s a sled down a windy tunnel, but in the summer, it becomes a water slide! Any time of year, it’s fun for kids and adults.
  • Snow Play: An area for snow inner tubing. Real snow falls, but when in need, they make fake snow here too. This tubing area is right beside the Alpine Slide–they share a parking lot.

Though winter sports made the area well-known, tourists also enjoy this area for summer camping and past-times. There are three lakes in this region (and more in neighboring areas like Lake Arrowhead and Crestline), and a number of boats available for rent. Finding a marina or boat rental is as simple as driving by the lake–you will see them in easy view. Fishing is an extremely popular sport here. Large and small mouth bass, crappie, trout, bluegill, and more. Bait shops are easy to find–they are everywhere! Summers are hot but breezy in the evening. In the winter, the region becomes a snowy, white wonderland. For this reason, when visiting in winter, be sure to check:

  • Local Weather: Here find the temperature, forecasts, precipitation, and more.
  • Snow Report: Skiiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers, this one’s for you.
  • Road Conditions: Check these links to learn about road closures and other information.

This area is known to tourists and residents alike for fun village shopping, festivals and events, and weather like nowhere else in Southern California. This area offers other past-times, excellent dining and restaurants, as well as friendly neighbors and great schools. When you come, see the main cities, but be sure to stop by neighboring Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and Holcomb Valley as well. The three area lakes include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. Come visit!