• Memorial Day ceremony set for Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake May 23, 2018
    Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. On Monday, May 28, the Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1038 and The American Legion Post 584 hosts a…
  • Sonora Cantina hosts fundraiser for float May 23, 2018
    Big Bear has been accepted into the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. To help fund the design and construction of the float, several fundraisers are being held throughout the year.
  • Healthy Start reorganizes May 23, 2018
    Things will be different for Bear Valley Unified School District’s Healthy Start program in the upcoming school year. And not everyone is happy about it.
  • Celebrate Big Bear life May 23, 2018
    The Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge hosts the inaugural Big Bear Reunion June 16 in Big Bear Lake.
  • Sheriff’s Log May 23, 2018
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  • Sediment project on Highway 18 May 23, 2018
    Caltrans has started a landscaping project along Big Bear Boulevard from the dam to Gildart Drive in Big Bear Lake. Motorists may expect delays because of one-way traffic control and occasional, short-term moving lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3:30…
  • Bear Valley Virtual Academy IRL May 23, 2018
    Gram Cernetiz, 13, taps his pencil on the desk as he watches a lesson over the internet. It’s the only movement he makes as he concentrates on the screen while attending Bear Valley Unified School District’s Virtual Academy May 12.
  • Just call him Mr. T May 23, 2018
    Matt Thompson’s enthusiasm for education can be heard in every word he speaks. His goal is to instill that same love for knowledge in the children he meets.

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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!