• Agencies investigate illegal grows in San Bernardino National Forest September 23, 2018
    On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, at approximately 7 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department — Marijuana Enfocement Team partnered with members of the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife…
  • Structure fire reported September 20, 2018
    UPDATE: 3:03: p.m.
  • Jack Roberts named new airport general manager September 20, 2018
    After a multi-month search, the Big Bear Airport District Board of Directors approved a contract for the new airport general manager at the Sept. 19 board meeting. And this time around it’s a local man.
  • Big Bear Elementary students visit the lake September 19, 2018
    Fifth- and sixth-grade students from Susan Mueller's and Pam Reames's classes at Big Bear Elementary went on a field trip Wednesday, Sept. 19. The trip is part of the Bear Tech program sponsored by the Big Bear Valley Education Trust…
  • Power restored after outage in Big Bear Valley early Sept. 19 September 19, 2018
    UPDATE: 10 a.m. — Bear Valley Electric Services reports that the early-morning power outage in Big Bear Valley was the result of a component failure on Shay 34kV line. That created an outage affecting approximately 13,000 customers.
  • Pizza fundraiser at Village Pizza September 19, 2018
    BARC and Bear Mountain Rescue host their annual Pup-peroni pizza fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Village Pizza in Big Bear Lake.
  • Bowling for a cruise September 19, 2018
    Dream Vacations and Darrell Gardner sponsor a Cruise Bowling League at the Bowling Barn in October. Members of the league will have a chance to go on a season-ending cruise sponsored by Dream Vacations and Gardner.
  • State offers property tax program September 19, 2018
    Qualifying taxpayers in San Bernardino County may be able to get a break. The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program is available in San Bernardino County.

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.