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This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Books for a bargain July 27, 2016
    The Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library host the 2016 Fall Book Sale with a large selection of books available.
  • On the Agenda July 27, 2016
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website. More information is…
  • Beyond the Bell hosts open house July 27, 2016
    The Beyond the Bell after-school program managed by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District has made some changes this summer. The public is invited to attend an open house Thursday, July 28, for a sneak preview. Improvements include…
  • Agency to address lake mercury levels July 27, 2016
    BIG BEAR LAKE, CA—Lake mercury levels were at the top of the list for discussion at the Big Bear Municipal Water District special meeting on July 20.
  • Sheriffs Log July 27, 2016
    July 18
  • CSD celebrates 50th anniversary July 27, 2016
    The Big Bear City Community Services District formed in 1966, providing water, solid waste and sewer services to Big Bear City and several East Valley communities. The agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.
  • MWD being considered for a dredging permit July 27, 2016
    BIG BEAR LAKE, CA—Potential dredging projects were on the books at the Big Bear Municipal Water District special meeting July 20.
  • Big Bear Valley Communities Plan takes shape July 27, 2016
    BIG BEAR, CA—The idea of a Municipal Advisory Council to serve the county areas of Big Bear Valley was one of the leading concepts for the future of Big Bear Valley coming to light during a meeting to gather information…

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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!