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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:)
  • Air Rockin’ for a worthy cause February 22, 2017
    Air Rock, the annual event where Big Bear High School students dress up, lip sync and put on choreographed performances, is a Big Bear tradition.
  • Big Bear Dam not at risk February 22, 2017
    Unlike the damage, flooding and evacuations at the Oroville Dam in Northern California, the dam on Big Bear Lake is in good shape.
  • Dreaming of a better tomorrow February 22, 2017
    Five women were honored by Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley for their determination and perseverance to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
  • City revisits plans for the Alpine Pedal Path February 22, 2017
    After facing budget issues in 2016, plans to renovate the Alpine Pedal Path are back on. Improvements to the pedal path are expected to be brought to the Big Bear Lake City Council for approval at its Feb. 27 meeting.
  • Sugarloaf meeting February 22, 2017
    The Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meets Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sugarloaf Fire Station in Big Bear City.
  • Bon Voyage Concert set for MountainTop Strings Camerata February 22, 2017
    Join the MountainTop Strings of California for a Carnegie Hall New York Send-Off Concert 4 p.m. March 5 at the Community Church Big Bear’s Historic Chapel.
  • Teenagers talk about equality for women February 22, 2017
    Nine high school students vied for the top spot at The Eleanor Stem-Allen Memorial 2017 Speech Contest at Hofert Hall Feb. 16. The topic was “Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment,” with answers varying from a simple…
  • RE/MAX Big Bear agents earn Hall of Fame award February 22, 2017
    Mark Dolan and Mike Wochner, with RE/MAX Big Bear, were recently presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than

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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!