• Bears donate carloads of food for Thanksgiving November 17, 2018
    It was a sunny day Nov. 16 as the normally quiet American Legion Post 584 on Big Bear Boulevard suddenly saw a row of cars pull up.
  • Snow Summit opens for business November 16, 2018
    It’s opening day and the riders are ready.
  • Reported fire is trash can flame November 16, 2018
    A reported structure fire on Moonride Road in Big Bear Lake appears to be a minor incident of a fire in a trash can.
  • Instacart arrives in Big Bear November 16, 2018
    There’s a new delivery service in town, and Big Bear area residents can place their orders.
  • Snow time survey November 15, 2018
    Check all that apply.
  • Fire reported at Big Bear lodge November 15, 2018
    Bear Creek Resort in Big Bear Lake reported a fire at the facility Thursday morning. No one was occupying the units involved at the time.
  • Harvest Bazaar at Bear Valley Church November 14, 2018
    The Bear Valley Church Women’s Ministry team has handcrafted items and baked goods for sale just in time for the annual bazaar. The Harvest Bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at…
  • Register for college classes in Big Bear November 14, 2018
    San Bernardino Valley College classes for spring 2019 are available for registration. Come to Big Bear High School Saturday, Nov. 17, for Super Saturday — an opportunity to apply for SBVC, talk to counselors and financial aide personnel, as well…

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear refers to the region of Big Bear Valley which includes Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and other nearby towns. The lakes in the area include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. The location of the area lead to popular past times like Big bear camping, skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

The area got its name when discovered by then mayor of little Los Angeles, Benjamin Wilson. During a chase, he rode high into the Santa Ana Canyon of San Bernadino. There, Wilson and his team found a storylike village with abundant plants and wildlife–particularly grizzly bears. For this reason, the area came to be called Big Bear Valley.

While it is true that Big Bear was indeed full of large grizzlies in the past, they were eventually eradicated from the area by hunting. Now, black bears reside in the valley, but the last known grizzly was seen there in 1906.

This valley was originally inhabited by the Serrano Native American tribe. These peoples hunted local wildlife, but they held the grizzly bear in high esteem; so high, in fact that they did not eat the animal’s meat or wear its fur. These people were a peaceful and gentle tribe. There is a museum exhibit in Big Bear that displays some artifacts found in the area. They had settlements called Yucaipa and Cucamonga, which are recalled in towns near the area today.