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:)
  • Smoke from Sand Fire visible in Big Bear July 23, 2016
    The Sand Fire, which started July 22 at 2:14 p.m. near the northbound Highway 14 and Sand Canyon Road area west of Agua Dulce near the Angeles National Forest. Smoke from this fire is visible in the sky in the…
  • Big Bear Boulevard construction schedule July 26-29 July 23, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service continues its project to relocate power lines underground on Big Bear Boulevard. Due to the construction, there are lane closures along the road during the project.
  • Water district discusses lake health and drought during special meeting July 22, 2016
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District held a special meeting with its board of directors July 20.
  • Water district votes to list Catalina Road property July 22, 2016
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District board of directors unanimously approved listing the district’s Catalina Road property during the July 21 meeting, well, the ones who could vote anyway.
  • 17 Big Bear seats up for election July 20, 2016
    The filing period for those interested in running for office opened July 18. Potential candidates have until Aug. 12 to throw their hats in the ring.
  • United Way sponsors school supply drive July 20, 2016
    Arrowhead United Way’s mission is to support education by providing learning supplies for disadvantaged students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. The organization’s annual school supply drive goes through Monday, July 25.
  • Elks honor Big Bear firefighters July 20, 2016
    July 12 was a festive occasion at the Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge #1787. The lodge hosted a Firefighters Appreciation Dinner for the Valley’s firefighters with more than 60 people in attendance.
  • Huge crowds tour Big Bear xeriscape gardens July 20, 2016
    Bark beetles were the culprits. Carl and Cassandra Long can thank those culprits for a garden fit for entertaining with a tag from the Big Bear Fire Department as being Firewise.


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.