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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:)
  • Chamber Gala sells out, standbys accepted December 7, 2016
    If you waited to make your reservations for the Big Bear Chamber’s Annual Gala, you could be out of luck. “We are happy to report the Chamber’s annual gala is already sold out, even two months in advance of the…
  • Forest Service seeks public input on project December 7, 2016
    The San Bernardino National Forest has initiated a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the Lake Fire Restoration and Hazardous Tree Removal Project.
  • Santa Claus, crafts and pancakes December 7, 2016
    Santa Claus makes a stop at Baldwin Lane Elementary School Saturday,
  • On the agenda December 7, 2016
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Santa Claus plans to visit Big Bear youngsters December 7, 2016
    The holiday season has arrived, and once again the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake is giving Santa an assist in Big Bear Valley.
  • Civil Air Patrol honors cadets December 7, 2016
    Individuals ranging from 11-year-old kids to Vietnam veterans of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750 were honored at the awards banquet Dec. 3.
  • Rare glimpse inside the Masonic Lodge December 7, 2016
    Freemasonry is a brotherhood. The oldest and largest worldwide fraternity is dedicated to remembering the lessons of the past and applying those values to everyday life and actions, according to the Big Bear Masonic Lodge website.
  • Looking Back December 7, 2016
    The Grizzly has entered its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.

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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!