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:)
  • Fatal accident in Big Bear Lake May 29, 2016
    UPDATE: From the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, 6:03 p.m. Sunday, May 29
  • Bomb threat at Big Bear Lake McDonalds May 29, 2016
    The Big Bear Lake McDonalds fast food restaurant has reopened after a bomb threat was received around 6 p.m. May 28.
  • Lend a hand, don’t give a hand out May 25, 2016
    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Reggie Pahia and Mike Jones, along with their partner Deputy Collins, have a rewarding job. Fundamentally, they are changing lives.
  • Shiny cars and pinewood races May 25, 2016
    They are dusting off their classic cars to let them shine at the annual Show & Shine hosted by the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club Sunday, May 29.
  • On the agenda May 25, 2016
    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.
  • Big Bear resident held on murder charges May 25, 2016
    Joseph Andrew Vaughn, 46, of Big Bear City is being held on $1 million bail on felony charges of murder.
  • American Legion hosts fundraiser May 25, 2016
    The Sons of the American Legion Post 584 hosts a Barbecue Tri Tip Cook Off to benefit local veterans in need Saturday, June 11.
  • Discover Big Bear on the North Shore May 25, 2016
    The Big Bear Discovery Center has a full slate of activities scheduled for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.


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.