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:)
  • Airport board decides to appoint May 24, 2017
    The Big Bear Airport District unanimously voted to appoint a new member to the board during a May 20 special meeting. The board vacancy emerged after Rick Seifert resigned May 13 for personal reasons.
  • Drive, chip and putt at Equu8 fundraiser May 24, 2017
    If you’re going to play 18 holes, you might as well make it count for a cause. EQUU8 Horsemanship & Therapeutic Riding holds its fourth semi-annual charity golf tournament at CrossCreek Golf Club in Temecula June 11.
  • GriefShare seminars May 24, 2017
    The GriefShare evening seminar meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The facilitators of the Wednesday evening meeting are Ken and Cindey Cozzens. For more information on this seminar, contact the Cozzens at 909-547-6712.
  • Bear Valley Electric Service applies for rate increases May 24, 2017
    Bear Valley Electric Service customers might see their rates go up in 2019.
  • Board denies Kelly’s letterhead request May 24, 2017
    Joseph Kelly wants to write letters using the Big Bear Airport District letterhead. At the May 17 meeting, the board denied the request when Kelly’s motion died for lack of a second.
  • Airport district finalizes its terminal renovation design May 24, 2017
    A new roof, exterior and entry atrium are coming to the Big Bear City Airport in 2018.
  • Help improve Big Bear Valley trails May 24, 2017
    National Trails Day June 3 is the only nationally-coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, the American Hiking Society and the…
  • Keep your dog safe on Big Bear Valley trails this summer May 24, 2017
    For the sixth year VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital offers rattlesnake avoidance classes for dogs at The Ranch in Erwin Lake.


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!