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:)
  • Holcomb Fire nears complete containment June 25, 2017
    Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will transfer incident command to the San Bernardino National Forest as of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25, with Michael Koontz serving as Incident Commander.
  • Holcomb Fire nears containment June 25, 2017
    The Holcomb Fire is 91 percent contained as of June 25, mapped at 1,503 acres.
  • Crews make progress on Holcomb Fire June 23, 2017
    The beginning of what could, and most likely will, be a long, hot fire season began with the Holcomb Fire June 19. Reported around 3 p.m., the fire started near Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Big Bear City.
  • Highway 18 reopens June 23 June 23, 2017
    Closed due to the Holcomb Fire, Highway 18 between Big Bear and Lucerne Valley is scheduled to reopen Friday, June 23, at 6 a.m.
  • Garbage collection continues during fire June 21, 2017
    Big Bear Disposal trucks are operating as usual today with one main difference. Instead of taking full trucks to the Big Bear Transfer station, two employees are driving those to the Heaps Peak Transfer Station between Running Springs and Lake…
  • Public's help needed with Holcomb Fire June 21, 2017
    U.S. Forest Service investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started June 19. It's burned 1,200 acres in the Holcomb Valley area northeast of Big Bear Valley.
  • Power outages possible, Bear Valley Electric begins rolling blackouts June 21, 2017
    UPDATE: June 21 —Because of the limited power sources in the Valley, Bear Valley Electric began rolling blackouts in various Big Bear neighborhoods.The outage in Sugarloaf was expected to be restored by 3 p.m., the approximate time of restoration in…
  • Curbside chipping helps prevent Valley wildfires June 21, 2017
    Get your chip together, then log onto www.thinisin.org for removal of your tree and brush trimmings.


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!