About this Site

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:)
  • Shredding paper for charity April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Board of Realtors hosts its annual shred event May 16 from
  • City expands boulevard widening project April 26, 2017
    The left-hand turn lane on Big Bear Boulevard at Division Drive is getting bigger, much bigger. The city of Big Bear Lake originally planned to expand the left turn pocket from Division Drive west to Stalcup Landscape, and began work…
  • Airport considers next steps for Bear City Park April 26, 2017
    Dustin Leno doesn’t want to fence in the land formerly known as Bear City Park. The Big Bear Airport general manager is reaching out to the neighborhoods and organizations that use the property.
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation encourages trail users — hikers, cyclists and equestrians — to attend its New Trails Plan open house Wednesday, April 26, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • On the agenda April 26, 2017
    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.
  • Help tree the zoo April 26, 2017
    The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo needs help to make the new zoo a green zoo.
  • Big Bear Lake officials review winter operations April 26, 2017
    Upwards of 60 attendees filled the seats of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center April 24 to talk about winter, again. The gathering was a joint Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission meeting to address solutions to…
  • Earth Day at the electric company April 26, 2017
    A steady crowd stopped by the Bear Valley Electric Service office April 21, but it wasn’t to pay a bill.


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!