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:)
  • Senior center closed because of construction August 16, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Senior Center at 42651 Big Bear Boulevard between Division Drive and Standfield Cutoff is closed Wednesday, Aug. 16. Road construction along that section of Big Bear Boulevard makes it a challenge to get to and from…
  • Birdfeed the bears August 16, 2017
    Imagine Maurie Gomez’s surprise when her coon hound, Gingersnap, alerted her to an intruder in the yard of her Big Bear City home a few days ago. Instead of a bandit set on breaking and entering, Gomez discovered a bear…
  • Road renovations August 16, 2017
    It’s been a while since Division Drive was significantly repaired or repaved. That all changes this week.
  • Prom night at YMCA Camp Oakes August 16, 2017
    Campers lined up for a makeover near the dining hall at YMCA Camp Oakes Aug. 10. They were getting dolled up for a dinner dance later that evening.
  • Looking Back August 16, 2017
    The Grizzly is completing its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.
  • Bear Valley Electric Service works on SCADA automation, reliability August 16, 2017
    Last week started off a little dark. Around 9:50 a.m. Aug. 7, part of Big Bear Lake experienced a power outage lasting 1 hour and 36 minutes.
  • On the Agenda August 16, 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. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s website.
  • Sugarloaf property purchase on Big Bear Fire Authority agenda August 16, 2017
    For years there have been talks about the need for a larger Sugarloaf Fire Station. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Big Bear Fire Authority may take steps to finally address the issue.


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!