• Adventure is calling and we want to know about it March 19, 2019
    Take this short survey and tell us what adventures are calling you to Big Bear. Your answers may appear in the April issue of Big Bear Now magazine.
  • Mountain Living available now March 15, 2019
    Check out the latest issue of Big Bear Now Home Guide to Mountain Living, a special online publication.
  • Reported fire contained to couch March 14, 2019
    Big Bear Fire Department crews quickly extinguished a fire in the 800 block of Elysian Boulevard in Big Bear City on March 14.
  • Fatal head-on traffic collision in Arctic Circle March 13, 2019
    UPDATE: March 13, 2019—California Highway Patrol officers continue to investigation the cause of a fatal collision that claimed the life of a passenger in one of the vehicles that collided head on earlier today.
  • March madness March 13, 2019
    If you live in Big Bear you may be over winter by now. Mother Nature dropped 12 to 18 inches of fresh snow on Big Bear Valley March 11. Residents woke up to the sound of snow plows Tuesday morning,…
  • Big Bear Airport in construction limbo March 13, 2019
    For years the Big Bear Airport District has saved its money to help pay for a new terminal building. When possession of the building was completely turned over to the district in 2014, the wait was near an end.
  • T2 field trip postponed March 12, 2019
    Often the main casualties in Big Bear during winter weather events are special events. March 12 is no exception.
  • Big Bear blanketed by fresh powder March 12, 2019
    If you live in Big Bear you may not be as enamored with the fresh winter blanket Mother Nature dropped on the Valley overnight. You have to shovel out.

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.