• Stolen property, methamphetamine recovered during search warrant January 30, 2015
    Deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station seized a large quantity of methamphetamine in Big Bear City while serving a search warrant. Alleged stolen property, cash, paraphernalia and packaging cons
  • School board fast tracks appointment January 28, 2015
    Applications are being accepted for those interested in serving on the Bear Valley Unified School District board of trustees.
  • FACT finding January 28, 2015
    During the past 10 years, Bear Valley Unified School District’s enrollment has decreased by about 1,000 students. It may or may not be reason to consolidate, close or repurpose a school site. It’s up
  • Sheriff's Log January 28, 2015
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  • A new plan for Paradise January 28, 2015
  • Squatters arrested on burglary charges January 28, 2015
    Deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station arrested Phillip Rombal, 38, and Roxanne Chavez, 24, on Jan. 24 following an investigation that started Jan. 17 with suspected utility theft.
  • Community help asked for accident victim January 28, 2015
    Betty Lynn Boudreau, of Fawnskin, is recovering, but has a long way to go. A recovery fund has been set up to help her financially as she gets back on her feet.
  • Parade heads in the other direction January 28, 2015
    Old Miners Association representatives will ask the city of Big Bear Lake Planning Commission to approve the group’s annual parade. The commission considers the matter Wednesday, Feb. 4.


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.