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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:)
  • Zoo contract on Supervisors agenda May 4, 2016
    The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will review the proposed award of a construction contract for the relocation of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo during its regularly-scheduled meeting on May 24.
  • Big Bear Computer Club hosts meeting May 4, 2016
    The Big Bear Computer Club’s general meeting is Tuesday, May 10, at the Bear Valley Senior Center, 42651 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake.
  • On the agenda May 4, 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.
  • All you can eat pizza for Hope May 4, 2016
    The Big Bear Lions Club and Village Pizza partner for the annual All You Can Eat Pizza Benefit for the City of Hope May 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • CSD may restrict water use May 4, 2016
    Water restrictions for the Big Bear City Community Services District will get larger, and perhaps sharper, teeth when changes to agency rules restricting water use take effect.
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Hacienda fundraiser May 4, 2016
    Hacienda Grill celebrates its 10th anniversary Thursday, May 5, with a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Settlement reached on the Erwin Lake market proposal May 4, 2016
    When Munem Maida purchased property in Erwin Lake, his plan was to build a convenience store, gas station and caretaker’s residence on the site. It was in 2013 that the battle began between the property owner and those opposed to…
  • Gas company, hospital host blood drive May 4, 2016
    Southwest Gas and its Blue–Building Lives Up Everywhere–volunteer team partners with Bear Valley Community Hospital for a blood drive Thursday, May 5. The public is invited to visit LifeStream’s mobile unit at Bear Valley Community Hospital, 41870 Garstin Drive, Big…


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!