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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:)
  • Holcomb Fire nears complete containment June 25, 2017
    Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will transfer incident command to the San Bernardino National Forest as of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25, with Michael Koontz serving as Incident Commander.
  • Holcomb Fire nears containment June 25, 2017
    The Holcomb Fire is 91 percent contained as of June 25, mapped at 1,503 acres.
  • Crews make progress on Holcomb Fire June 23, 2017
    The beginning of what could, and most likely will, be a long, hot fire season began with the Holcomb Fire June 19. Reported around 3 p.m., the fire started near Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Big Bear City.
  • Highway 18 reopens June 23 June 23, 2017
    Closed due to the Holcomb Fire, Highway 18 between Big Bear and Lucerne Valley is scheduled to reopen Friday, June 23, at 6 a.m.
  • Garbage collection continues during fire June 21, 2017
    Big Bear Disposal trucks are operating as usual today with one main difference. Instead of taking full trucks to the Big Bear Transfer station, two employees are driving those to the Heaps Peak Transfer Station between Running Springs and Lake…
  • Public's help needed with Holcomb Fire June 21, 2017
    U.S. Forest Service investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started June 19. It's burned 1,200 acres in the Holcomb Valley area northeast of Big Bear Valley.
  • Power outages possible, Bear Valley Electric begins rolling blackouts June 21, 2017
    UPDATE: June 21 —Because of the limited power sources in the Valley, Bear Valley Electric began rolling blackouts in various Big Bear neighborhoods.The outage in Sugarloaf was expected to be restored by 3 p.m., the approximate time of restoration in…
  • Curbside chipping helps prevent Valley wildfires June 21, 2017
    Get your chip together, then log onto www.thinisin.org for removal of your tree and brush trimmings.


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.