• Agencies investigate illegal grows in San Bernardino National Forest September 23, 2018
    On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, at approximately 7 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department — Marijuana Enfocement Team partnered with members of the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife…
  • Structure fire reported September 20, 2018
    UPDATE: 3:03: p.m.
  • Jack Roberts named new airport general manager September 20, 2018
    After a multi-month search, the Big Bear Airport District Board of Directors approved a contract for the new airport general manager at the Sept. 19 board meeting. And this time around it’s a local man.
  • Big Bear Elementary students visit the lake September 19, 2018
    Fifth- and sixth-grade students from Susan Mueller's and Pam Reames's classes at Big Bear Elementary went on a field trip Wednesday, Sept. 19. The trip is part of the Bear Tech program sponsored by the Big Bear Valley Education Trust…
  • Power restored after outage in Big Bear Valley early Sept. 19 September 19, 2018
    UPDATE: 10 a.m. — Bear Valley Electric Services reports that the early-morning power outage in Big Bear Valley was the result of a component failure on Shay 34kV line. That created an outage affecting approximately 13,000 customers.
  • Pizza fundraiser at Village Pizza September 19, 2018
    BARC and Bear Mountain Rescue host their annual Pup-peroni pizza fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Village Pizza in Big Bear Lake.
  • Bowling for a cruise September 19, 2018
    Dream Vacations and Darrell Gardner sponsor a Cruise Bowling League at the Bowling Barn in October. Members of the league will have a chance to go on a season-ending cruise sponsored by Dream Vacations and Gardner.
  • State offers property tax program September 19, 2018
    Qualifying taxpayers in San Bernardino County may be able to get a break. The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program is available in San Bernardino County.

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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!