• Lightning strike causes fire near Gold Mountain August 17, 2018
    In the midst of a thunderstorm that brought heavy rain, lightning also sparked a fire north of Highway 18 on Aug. 16.
  • Forest Service resumes sale of wood permits August 17, 2018
    After a couple months on hiatus, wood cutting permits are once again for sale in Big Bear Valley, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Aug. 16.
  • Heavy rains deluge Big Bear Valley August 16, 2018
    And the rains come again — along with thunder, lightning and a bit of hail. At around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, a large thunderstorm cell covered most of Big Bear Valley. Flash flooding is possible. Please use caution if…
  • Units respond to report of possible fire August 16, 2018
    UPDATE: 12:29 p.m. Aug. 16. A small fire has been spotted in the area and firefighters have responded to the Gold Incident. A 20-foot X 20-foot fire sparked up in the Gold Mountain area north of Highway 18 Thursday Aug…
  • Flash flood watch in effect for Big Bear August 16, 2018
    The skies opened up over the eastern portion of Big Bear Valley yesterday, and today, Aug. 16, could be a repeat.
  • Flooding, rock slides close highway August 15, 2018
    UPDATE: 5:54p.m. Rain has lightened up some and Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley has been cleared.
  • Traffic collision near Snow Valley August 15, 2018
    At 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, there was a report of a single vehicle traffic collision near Snow Valley on Highway 18. The vehicle landed on its side in a ditch. California Highway Patrol responded to the incident. The vehicle…
  • Sharks in Big Bear? August 15, 2018
    That’s right, at least on the big screen. The Sierra Club Big Bear Group shows a documentary about sharks on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.


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.


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.


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.