• Pong’s set to reopen May 27, 2015
    Pong’s restaurant, which has been closed since early March after the untimely passing of owner Puangmanee “Pong” Neatherlin, is opening its doors again.
  • Grizzly E-edition registration needed May 27, 2015
    The Grizzly E-edition is headed back behind the paywall on Wednesday, May 27. If you aren’t a subscriber, either print or to the E-edition, now is the time to subscribe. If you are a subscriber, you will need to bind…
  • Supervisors set to hear Erwin Lake Market appeal May 27, 2015
  • On the Agenda May 27, 2015
    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.
  • New Adopt-A-Trail program to help maintain trails May 27, 2015
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation is calling on businesses and organizations to help clean up area hiking and biking trails through its new Adopt-A-Trail program.
  • Schools navigate new standards May 27, 2015
    Teachers and trustees spent most of a nearly five-hour Bear Valley Unified School District meeting May 20 discussing implementation of new curriculum standards. What was supposed to be a 20-minute presentation on the district’s adjustment to Common Core went on…
  • Six to be recognized for community service May 27, 2015
    The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake host its 18th annual Eagle of Excellence Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner June 7. Six Valley residents will be honored.
  • Middle schoolers host Rathbun corridor community meeting May 27, 2015
    The students of Big Bear Middle School are sharing ideas about opportunities for the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan, and they want to hear what you have to offer.


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!