• Weather advisory in place October 30, 2014
    A winter weather advisory has been issued for the local mountains.
  • Building a new multi-use trail October 29, 2014
    Work has begun on the Knickerbocker Creek multi-use trail on the eastern edge of the Village area of Big Bear Lake. Workers were installing fencing on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
  • Arctic Circle reopens to full traffic Thursday, Oct. 30 October 29, 2014
    Caltrans maintenance crews will complete the work to prepare State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam for the winter Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The final day of full closure
  • Changes ahead for park advisory committee October 29, 2014
    Two new committee members have or will soon take their seats on the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee. But there is at least one new vacancy to fill, possibly two dependi
  • Board president resigns, leaving Big Bear October 29, 2014
    Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board president Sara Russ announced via Facebook Oct. 22 that she would resign from her position immediately. 
  • Celebrate spooky, sweet Halloween October 29, 2014
    Halloween is right around the corner and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The Grizzly rounded up some of Big Bear’s many spooky options for your trick-or-treating pleasure. Happy haunting! 
  • Fuels reduction project slated for November October 29, 2014
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to remove trees and slash in areas Big Bear Valley beginning Nov. 4. Helicopters will be used.
  • Spike strip stops suspect October 28, 2014
    Sirens invaded the early morning as authorities pursued a suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle.


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.