• Hospital celebrates four decades July 23, 2014
    Forty years ago, Bear Valley Community Hospital opened its doors to patients. On Aug. 2, the healthcare district invites the public to celebrate the milestone.
  • Holiday potluck with Big Bear Computer Club July 23, 2014
    The Big Bear Computer Club hosts a holiday potluck general meeting Aug. 7 at the Big Bear Discovery Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The club provides the main course of turkey, dressing, gravy,
  • Arts Council gets a fresh coat of paint July 23, 2014
     
  • Wright shines a light on saving energy July 23, 2014
    Suffering from high electricity bills? James Wright could be the man with the answer to lowering your cost. Wright and his wife, Gayle, along with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, host an open house
  • Sheriff's Log July 23, 2014
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  • Adopt a dog July 23, 2014
    The Dog Days of Summer helps find furever homes for furry friends.
  • Dinner is a winner July 23, 2014
    United Methodist Church wants your bad poems.
  • School offices open this week July 23, 2014
    The 2014-15 school year begins in Big Bear Valley Aug. 4. Teachers and administrators are getting ready for students to file into classrooms on the first day.

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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!