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:)
  • Fresh snow, clear roads welcome Big Bear visitors February 19, 2017
    If you aren't in Big Bear for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, you are missing out. All roads are open and there is fresh snow in Big Bear for skiers, snowboarders, snow play or just enjoying the ambience.
  • Chains required for mountain roads February 18, 2017
    The latest storm hit Southern California with a wallop Feb. 17 causing flooding, sinkholes and mayhem through the region. Heavy, wet snow fell in Big Bear and traveling to the mountains requires chains on vehicles.
  • Tire chains cause power outage in Fawnskin February 18, 2017
    Some residents on the North Shore were without power for around two hours Feb. 17. Approximately 1,523 Bear Valley Electric Service customers on a Fawnskin distribution circuit experienced an outage from 11:25 am to 1:21 p.m.
  • A quiet hike before the storm February 15, 2017
    Hikers Sandra Cooper and Jeanette Harris decided to get in a good walk before the snowstorm expected to hit the Valley Feb. 17.
  • Animal shelter provides discounted adoption fees February 15, 2017
    If you’re in need of a furry friend, the Big Bear Shelter has the solution for you. The animal shelter is offering discounted adoption fees during its Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event, running until Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • Healthcare district maintains its board meeting schedule February 15, 2017
    During the Feb. 9 Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board meeting, president Donna Nicely read a prepared statement regarding one of the agenda items. The agenda item addressed the conflict in board meeting times between the healthcare district and Big…
  • City officials approve Rathbun plan February 15, 2017
    Things are moving along for the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan, which was approved at a joint meeting of the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission and City Council Feb. 13.
  • ‘Somos familia’ February 15, 2017
    Who are the undocumented immigrants among us in Big Bear? Where do they work? Do they have children here? What are their hopes and fears?


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!