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:)
  • Senior center closed because of construction August 16, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Senior Center at 42651 Big Bear Boulevard between Division Drive and Standfield Cutoff is closed Wednesday, Aug. 16. Road construction along that section of Big Bear Boulevard makes it a challenge to get to and from…
  • Birdfeed the bears August 16, 2017
    Imagine Maurie Gomez’s surprise when her coon hound, Gingersnap, alerted her to an intruder in the yard of her Big Bear City home a few days ago. Instead of a bandit set on breaking and entering, Gomez discovered a bear…
  • Road renovations August 16, 2017
    It’s been a while since Division Drive was significantly repaired or repaved. That all changes this week.
  • Prom night at YMCA Camp Oakes August 16, 2017
    Campers lined up for a makeover near the dining hall at YMCA Camp Oakes Aug. 10. They were getting dolled up for a dinner dance later that evening.
  • Looking Back August 16, 2017
    The Grizzly is completing its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.
  • Bear Valley Electric Service works on SCADA automation, reliability August 16, 2017
    Last week started off a little dark. Around 9:50 a.m. Aug. 7, part of Big Bear Lake experienced a power outage lasting 1 hour and 36 minutes.
  • On the Agenda August 16, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s website.
  • Sugarloaf property purchase on Big Bear Fire Authority agenda August 16, 2017
    For years there have been talks about the need for a larger Sugarloaf Fire Station. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Big Bear Fire Authority may take steps to finally address the issue.


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.