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:)
  • Shredding paper for charity April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Board of Realtors hosts its annual shred event May 16 from
  • City expands boulevard widening project April 26, 2017
    The left-hand turn lane on Big Bear Boulevard at Division Drive is getting bigger, much bigger. The city of Big Bear Lake originally planned to expand the left turn pocket from Division Drive west to Stalcup Landscape, and began work…
  • Airport considers next steps for Bear City Park April 26, 2017
    Dustin Leno doesn’t want to fence in the land formerly known as Bear City Park. The Big Bear Airport general manager is reaching out to the neighborhoods and organizations that use the property.
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation encourages trail users — hikers, cyclists and equestrians — to attend its New Trails Plan open house Wednesday, April 26, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • On the agenda April 26, 2017
    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.
  • Help tree the zoo April 26, 2017
    The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo needs help to make the new zoo a green zoo.
  • Big Bear Lake officials review winter operations April 26, 2017
    Upwards of 60 attendees filled the seats of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center April 24 to talk about winter, again. The gathering was a joint Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission meeting to address solutions to…
  • Earth Day at the electric company April 26, 2017
    A steady crowd stopped by the Bear Valley Electric Service office April 21, but it wasn’t to pay a bill.

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.