About this Site

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:)
  • Work on Arctic Circle finishes ahead of schedule October 18, 2017
    Caltrans’ winter preparation maintenance work on State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle nears completion one week ahead of schedule. Work is expected to be finished Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. according to a press release from Caltrans.
  • Spa offers day of free services for cancer patients October 18, 2017
    As part of Sparks of Light Day, Elevations Day Spa in Big Bear Lake will offer free services for cancer patients on Nov. 6. The spa offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures for participants based on availability.
  • Emergency alerts available for residents October 18, 2017
    With fires raging in Northern California with many casualties, now is the time to update emergency information. Residents in San Bernardino County are urged to sign up for emergency alerts via text message and Voiceover Internet Protocol. Features of the…
  • Sierra Club holds final meeting of 2017 October 18, 2017
    Head over to the Big Bear Discovery Center, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. for the final Sierra Club Big Bear Group meeting of the year.
  • DOVES recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 18, 2017
    On Thursday, Oct. 19, DOVES encourages the community to participate in Purple Thursday by wearing or displaying purple to raise awareness about domestic violence. Share a photo using the hashtag #PurpleThursday on social media.
  • On the Agenda October 18, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change with proper advance notification. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Service commemorates Reformation October 18, 2017
    The Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church in Big Bear Lake holds a special anniversary service, “Reformation 2017 — It’s Still All About Jesus!”
  • Complaint prevents hangar rate talk October 18, 2017
    Big Bear Airport Director Joseph Kelly has filed a complaint against three of his colleagues.


In the Big Bear mountain region, explorers love camping near Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, and outerlying areas. The spots are convenient and exciting! Many sites have close access to activities like hiking, fishing, biking, and more. Plus, there are so many sites to choose from. Grounds in this area offer access to fishing, boating, hiking, and some are very close to shopping as well for a quick stop when needed.

RV Camping is one of the most comfortable and social means of camping. Big Bear mountain hosts both luxury RV camping sites and standard sites. See details on RV Camping sites.

Group Campgrounds all around the San Bernardino National Forest are maintained by the Forest Service. These camps include picnic tables, fire rings, and a cleared area large enough for several campers. These camps are low-priced but not free. There are many in the Big Bear area including these Group Campgrounds.

Private Campgrounds are also a favorite in this area, as there is a lot of variety, space, and supplies on hand in town close by. Here are a few:

  • Serrano Campground is a favorite for families because its north shore location in Big Bear Lake is on the lake and in close distance from the Discovery Center, Alpine Pedal Path, and Cougar Crest Trail. This site offers picnic tables, showers, restrooms, water, and fire pits. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. Address: 40533 North Shore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314. Phone: 909-866-8021. To reserve, call 877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Pineknot Campground is in a lush wooded area near Snow Summit ski resort. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. at www.reserveusa.com. Location: Big Bear Rd. by Snow Summit. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Hanna Flats Campground is slightly north of Fawnskin in Jeffrey Pine forest. Offers water and restrooms. This site is tranquil and makes for excellent hiking and biking. Address: Forest Road 3N14, nearest cross street Arapahoe Rd. Call the Discovery Center for details on campsites here at (909) 866-3437. More information here.

Yellow Post Camping is for those who want a camping experience nestled deep in the woods. Designated sites are provided and include a flat clearing, picnic table and fire ring. The campsite requires no fee; however, for this option, campers must purchase an Adventure Pass and a campfire permit from the Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.

Self-contained Camping is an option in many areas of the National Forest. Cactus Flats and a large part of Holcomb Valley are popular among hikers or drivers who seek remote camping locations. Campfires are generally not permitted in these areas. Be sure to bring water and notify someone of your plans. Also pack out everything you pack in.