• Moonridge substation upgrades may cause minor power outages on July 6 July 2, 2015
    Bear Valley Electric Service crews will perform switching operations Monday, July 6, that may cause momentary or short power outages to customers in the Moonridge area.
  • Healthcare board questions TruBridge July 1, 2015
  • Solar project safety questioned July 1, 2015
    As Bear Valley Unified School District awaits completion of a long-overdue project to install solar panels at district sites, board members heard a presentation June 24 from representatives of Siemens, the contractor for the project. The board questioned the project’s…
  • Big Bear offers up heaps of gratitude July 1, 2015
    Jerry Jamriska stood along Highway 38 June 21 with a cardboard sign reading “God Bless Firemen.” He was alone cheering the firefighters as they traveled to and from the Lake Fire.
  • Get creative for RKC and win July 1, 2015
    Rainbow Kids Club is getting a makeover—and a new name.
  • School board approves LCAP July 1, 2015
    Bear Valley Unified School District approved its updated local control and accountability plan, or LCAP, at its June 24 meeting. The LCAP is an important piece of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, a new way of allocating funds to…
  • Combat drought with xeriscaping July 1, 2015
    Bringing Xeriscape to Life is the theme of the 13th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour on July 18. Homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through some or all of the xeriscape principles are showcased.
  • Big Bear Disposal mixed messages July 1, 2015
    The Grizzly has previously pointed out that recycling and trash disposal in Big Bear can be somewhat confusing, especially for newcomers. Depending whether you live in the city of Big Bear Lake, in Big Bear City or in one of…


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!