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.

Parks

Many parks and picnic areas are available for residents and visitors to Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and other areas in this beautiful mountain community. Public parks in the area offer tot lots, picnic tables, sports equipment like basketball hoops, and more. Some parks even host beaches and rentals for parties.

PARKS

Miller Park 1178 Chickasaw in Fawnskin, CA 92333
Over an acre, this park offers a play ground, basketball court, tennis court, picnic areas, and both outdoor and portable restrooms. Onsite is also the original Big Bear school house. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space and School House.

Rotary Park at Pine Knot Pine Knot Ave. at Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA
Small playground and beach area right by the post office. Ducks often gather in the area, and there are benches and small walking paths.

The Ranch 2050 Erwin Ranch Rd., Big Bear City, CA 92314
Offers a 13.8 acre facility, tennis courts, hockey arena, soccer fields, basketball court, volleyball court. swimming pool, four cabins (Sleep twenty-four), and dining Hall for meals and meetings. Entire facility is available for Rent.

Erwin Lake Park 1140 Hatchery Dr., Big Bear City (Erwin Lake), CA 92314
This facility is over an acre and offers a play lot, volleyball court, walking path, group picnic pavilion, and portable restrooms. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space and Picnic Pavilion.

Meadow Park 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
This 16-acre area includes a public swimming area with lifeguards on one side. In another area of the park are tennis courts, volleyball court, horse shoes, 2 lighted ball fields, play lot, group picnic pavilion, group picnic grove, restrooms. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space and Picnic Pavilion.

Ski Beach Park 41216 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
These grounds are 2 acres and include a play lot, lake access, fishing pier, and restrooms. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space.

Sugarloaf Park 44828 Baldwin Lane, Sugarloaf, CA 92386
This 6-acre facility provides a ball park, skate park, tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court, playground, group picnic pavilion, and restrooms. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space and Picnic Pavilion.


PICNIC AREAS

Aspen Glen Picnic Area 40101 Mill Creek Rd.,  San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315This facility includes a picnic area, multiple barbecue areas and fire pits. Benches, tables, and restrooms also available. Good area for hiking. Parking requires an Adventure Pass (they can be purchased annually or daily).

Grout Bay Picnic Area 1/4 mile west of Fawnskin on Hwy. 38, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
This picnic area offers beautiful views of the lake and Snow Summit in a quiet setting right off the main highway. After a little walk along the shore, you reach an area where you can sit and admire the stunning landscape.

Dana’s Point Picnic Area 9369 North Shore Dr.,  Fawnskin, CA 92333
This 6-acre facility offers restrooms, picnic areas, and lake access. Available for rent: 10,000 square feet of park space.