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:)
  • Rescue operations under way in Forest Falls June 26, 2016
    Rescue units including air rescue responded at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, June 26, to the Vivian Falls area near the Vivian Creek Trail in Forest Falls after reports that someone had fallen.
  • Lane closures updated for Big Bear Boulevard project June 26, 2016
    As the Bear Valley Electric Services undergrounding project continues on Big Bear Boulevard, the utility has updated its lane closure schedule.
  • Big Bear Boulevard lane closures set for upcoming week June 23, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service has announced lane closure for Friday, June 24, and into next week in the company's undergrounding project on Big Bear Boulevard. Lane closures are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Subject arrested for starting a fire in Big Bear Lake June 23, 2016
    Emergency crews quickly extinguished a fire in the 200 block of North Starvation Flats in Big Bear Lake on June 22. Two people were taken into custody in connection with the fire.
  • Summer lunch free for kids June 22, 2016
    There is such a thing as a free lunch. At least if you are under 18 and in Big Bear this summer.
  • Moving on up to high school June 22, 2016
    There were 176 smiles on faces at the Big Bear Middle School promotion ceremony June 15, and 352 eyes shining bright with thoughts of what the future holds. The eighth grade class of 176 eager young students ended the day…
  • Lane closures planned through June June 22, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service has updated its lane closures for Big Bear Boulevard for the undergrounding project.
  • County planning conducts public hearing on marijuana June 22, 2016
    The San Bernardino County Planning Commission holds a public hearing Thursday, June 23, regarding a proposed development code amendment to modify provisions relating to marijuana.


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!