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:)
  • Resorts prepped for opening Friday, Dec. 8 December 8, 2017
    Although the ski season is getting a little bit of a late start, Big Bear Mountain Resort General Manager Wade Reeser said he’s optimistic they have a great season ahead.
  • Construction equipment tips, Big Bear Boulevard closed most of the day December 7, 2017
    Around 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Conklin Auto Shop owner Jim Conklin heard a crash while standing outside his shop on Big Bear Boulevard in the Red Ant Hill area of Big Bear Lake. Paving equipment flipped on its side on…
  • Firefighters checking on report of smoke on North Shore December 6, 2017
    UPDATE: 12:41 p.m., Dec. 6. The Delamar incident was located in the forest north of Big Bear Lake by use of helicopter. The fire was in a small area and the full rate of spread has been halted. A small…
  • Recovering in Fawnskin December 6, 2017
    Brandon Dufault’s life changed in an instant Oct. 12. The 2012 Big Bear High School graduate was the victim of a shooting in Aliso Viejo. The attack claimed the lives of his landlords — Douglas Ferguson and Lisa Consenza —…
  • American Legion hosts kids holiday party December 6, 2017
    Attention all Big Bear Valley children ages 2 to 12. The annual American Legion Children’s Holiday Party is Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake.
  • Future of funds from Bear City Park sale are unknown December 6, 2017
    It’s been eight months since the sale of Bear City Park to the Big Bear Airport District. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is moving closer to a decision on how to use the funds from the sale.
  • Hospital employees practice what they preach December 6, 2017
    The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is going meatless, on Mondays at least.
  • Forest Service sets winter burning December 6, 2017
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to implement prescribed burning operations on the San Bernardino National Forest in the upcoming months as conditions allow.

Camping

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.