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:)
  • Light up Fawnskin for the holidays October 19, 2016
    Missed the deadline to order a reindeer through the North Shore Improvement Association? Don’t worry. The group is still taking orders for lighted Christmas reindeer. The reindeer can be used by Fawnskin homeowners and businesses to brighten the town of…
  • Sheriff's Log October 19, 2016
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  • The complicated path to health coverage October 19, 2016
    Health insurance can be a tricky subject, especially in a rural place like Big Bear Valley. Luckily there are options for residents whether you have Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Medicare or Covered California.
  • On the agenda October 19, 2016
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Proposed cell tower site on Forest Service list October 19, 2016
    Projects are a large part U.S. Forest Service business, and that includes the San Bernardino National Forest. The Forest Service Schedule of Proposed Actions, or SOPA, is a list of proposals and projects being considered by the Forest Service.
  • Caltrans sets road construction schedule for the week of Oct. 16 October 19, 2016
    Various projects are ongoing on state highways in the Big Bear Valley area as Caltrans prepares for the winter season. Here are a few
  • Dining on a starry, starry night October 19, 2016
    DOVES, the Domestic Violence Education & Services nonprofit organization, hosts its annual gala fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 22. Starry Starry Night is a special night of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions at Community Church Big Bear.
  • Collaboration for early literacy event October 19, 2016
    It’s time to lend an ear because The Mom & Dad Project is collaborating with the Big Bear Lake Library for its annual Read for the Record event


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.