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:)
  • Big Bear Boulevard lane closures set for upcoming week June 23, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service has announced lane closure for Friday, June 24, and into next week in the company's undergrounding project on Big Bear Boulevard. Lane closures are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Subject arrested for starting a fire in Big Bear Lake June 23, 2016
    Emergency crews quickly extinguished a fire in the 200 block of North Starvation Flats in Big Bear Lake on June 22. Two people were taken into custody in connection with the fire.
  • Summer lunch free for kids June 22, 2016
    There is such a thing as a free lunch. At least if you are under 18 and in Big Bear this summer.
  • Pilot’s Association hosts Youth Aviation Adventure June 22, 2016
    Youth Aviation Adventure is a fast-paced single-day event at the Big Bear City Airport on Aug. 20. The event is for boys and girls ages 12 to 17.
  • Moving on up to high school June 22, 2016
    There were 176 smiles on faces at the Big Bear Middle School promotion ceremony June 15, and 352 eyes shining bright with thoughts of what the future holds. The eighth grade class of 176 eager young students ended the day…
  • CT grads devoted to success June 22, 2016
    It was difficult to tell which was stronger, the wind or the smiles on the faces of the 2016 Chautauqua High School graduating class.
  • County planning conducts public hearing on marijuana June 22, 2016
    The San Bernardino County Planning Commission holds a public hearing Thursday, June 23, regarding a proposed development code amendment to modify provisions relating to marijuana.
  • Graduates celebrate end of high school June 22, 2016
    The Class of 2016 has begun its next journey. The small class of 142 collected their diplomas June 17 at Big Bear High School and left ready to tackle the world.


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.