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:)
  • County to host regional open houses in October September 20, 2017
    The progress of the San Bernardino countywide plan will be discussed at a series of eight open houses in October. Topics include current and proposed land use, draft community plans, public safety and security, economic and social resources, health and…
  • On the agenda September 20, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change with proper advance notification. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.…
  • Fighting breast cancer in Big Bear September 20, 2017
    It’s been 14 years since Big Bear resident Lori Dobis was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I suspected something,” Dobis said of discovering her cancer. “I had a lump; I could feel it.”
  • AARP food bank at Senior Center September 20, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley AARP Chapter 2598 hosts a food bank from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Big Bear Valley Senior Center. People are encouraged to bring bags. The Big Bear Valley Senior Center is at…
  • MWD’s Vicki Sheppard celebrates retirement September 20, 2017
    It’s the end of an era for the Big Bear Municipal Water District. Vicki Sheppard, executive assistant and secretary to the board, retires after 14 years at the water district.
  • Eat pizza to help save lives September 20, 2017
    Bear Valley Search and Rescue holds an all-you-can-eat pizza fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Pepperoni pizza and drinks are $7, children under 5 are admitted free. There will also be opportunity drawings.
  • Roof over their heads September 20, 2017
    A coalition of the willing gathered in The Mom & Dad Project room at the Brenda Boss Family Resource Center Sept. 18. More than 35 people came to discuss the homeless situation in Big Bear and surrounding mountain communities.
  • Help the forest on National Public Lands Day September 20, 2017
    Big Bear Greenthumbs is doing its part on National Public Lands Day


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!