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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:)
  • Pile burning canceled in Big Bear March 22, 2017
    UPDATE: March 22 — Pile burning planned for Big Bear Valley March 22 and 23 has been canceled due to windy conditions.
  • Sugarloaf association sets March meeting March 22, 2017
    Sgt. Steve Syzdloski of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Big Bear Station is the guest speaker at the next Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, March 25.
  • Municipal Water District closes RV park March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District is getting out of the RV park business. On March 16, the MWD board of directors voted unanimously to permanently close the agency’s small RV park located next to the MWD office in Big…
  • Give life at community blood drive March 22, 2017
    LifeStream sponsors a community blood drive in Big Bear City Tuesday, March 28, at Big Bear Fire Station 282.
  • Healthcare district looks at affiliation options March 22, 2017
    After struggling to get an affiliation with Loma Linda University Health up and running, the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is considering exploring other options.
  • To everything there is a season March 22, 2017
    The Byrds sang, there’s a time to plant and a time to reap. For Mill Creek Manor Tea Room owners Pat and Art Garza and their son, Tony, it’s time to retire.
  • Practice makes perfect March 22, 2017
    Smooth, bump, bump, back to the pump. That’s how firefighters navigate when they can’t see their surroundings because of smoke caused by a fire. The coupling patterns on a hose will indicate if a firefighter is headed in the right…
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has been working on a nonmotorized recreational trail network plan. Now that plan is ready for public input. A unified plan presented to the U.S. Forest Service means a greater likelihood the Forest Service…

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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!