• Deputies seek public's help March 27, 2015
    Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for a parolee who has an active felony warrant issued against him.
  • Deputies arrest two Lucerne Valley men March 27, 2015
    Two men are in custody after a traffic stop led to the discovery of an altered weapon and burglary tools.
  • Introducing the 2015 Men About Town March 26, 2015
    Every year in March, the Big Bear Valley community waits for the announcement. Who will be the next to campaign for the Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley Man About Town title?
  • Prepare your pets for disaster March 26, 2015
    The Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster meets Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for all pet lovers who want to find out what to do when disaster hits. 
  • Seeding the forest for green spring March 25, 2015
    When spring arrives, the National Forest Services gears up for a season of restoration work. Between now and October, the Forest Service will place thousands of plants throughout disturbed habitats in
  • Sign up to support boys soccer team March 25, 2015
    Fundraising for a proposed boys soccer team at Big Bear High School got off to a successful start March 16 at Sonora Cantina. Organizers raised more than $3,400 during the Taco Day and Fiesta.
  • Obernolte, Morrell to host town hall meeting March 25, 2015
    State legislators Mike Morrell and Jay Obernolte are joining forces.
  • On the Agenda March 25, 2015
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings.


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!