• Valley Fire to blaze until fall, drift smoke expected July 21, 2018
    The call rang out over the scanner at 1 p.m. July 20 about a new fire near Forest Falls. Five minutes later, the call was cancelled — false alarm. It turns out somebody mistook smoke from the Valley Fire for…
  • Hope for Bear Valley Park hinges on free land July 21, 2018
    The three-decade old Bear City Park situation resurfaced July 17 at the quarterly Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee meeting.
  • Planning Commissioner Craig Smith to retire, depart to Idaho July 20, 2018
    During his 13 years serving on Big Bear Lake’s Planning Commission, Craig Smith has done it all. He made key contributions during the drafting of multiple ordinances, including signs, special events and tree conservation. Outside of planning, Smith spearheaded the…
  • Thunderstorms building over Big Bear July 19, 2018
    A thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of San Bernardino County, including the San Bernardino mountains. Hail, winds up to 60 mph and rain are expected.
  • 911 telephone land lines down July 19, 2018
    An aerial communication line along the Interstate 15 corridor has been knocked out of service, affecting landline communications to the 911 system in Big Bear Valley. It is not known yet how much of the Valley is being affected, but…
  • Search for Stormy reaches happy conclusion July 19, 2018
    Fans of Stormy the juvenile bald eagle can breathe easier. The famous bird from Big Bear Lake who had not been seen for about two weeks, has been found.
  • Big Bear float: Play, Rest, Repeat in 2019 July 18, 2018
    Tim Estes and his team have been working feverishly to get ready for New Year’s Day 2019. It may be months away, but the Fiesta Parade Floats team has a lot of work to do to get the floats designed…
  • Public comment sought for limestone quarry expansion July 18, 2018
    Members of the public can share their thoughts on the proposed expansion of two limestone quarries located 5 miles north of Big Bear Lake. The public can view the draft environmental impact report online or in person, and will have…

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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!