• Rolling blackouts possible in Big Bear this week September 16, 2019
    On Sept. 16 Bear Valley Electric Service reported the possibility of potential two- to four-hour rolling blackouts during the next four days.
  • A 31-year-old Big Bear resident arrested on child pornography charges September 13, 2019
    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children arrested Adam Lara on Sept. 12 after child pornography was found on a digital account belonging to Lara.
  • Jack Roberts resigns as airport general manager September 12, 2019
    The Big Bear Airport District board of directors has accepted general manager Jack Roberts’ resignation effective Friday, Sept. 13.
  • Closed meetings raise red flags September 11, 2019
    Jack Roberts, general manager of the Big Bear Airport District, is out of the office. His leave was not reported as action by the Big Bear Airport District board of directors, which is a violation of the Ralph M. Brown…
  • Ready to serve Big Bear community September 11, 2019
    Perri Melnick was tired of feeling stress every time the family left its Big Bear home and headed back to Los Angeles. So the Melnicks decided to move full-time to their mountain getaway in June.
  • Big Bear Planner September 11, 2019
    Send event, club and nonprofit meeting announcements for listing in the Big Bear Planner to kportie.grizzly@gmail.com or call
  • LifeStream returns for blood drive September 11, 2019
    The LifeStream bus returns to Big Bear Lake Saturday, Sept. 14, for a community blood drive at Starbucks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Putz gives state of city at Republican meeting September 11, 2019
    The Big Bear Valley Republican Assembly meets Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Nottinghams Restaurant & Tavern. There is a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6 p.m.


Love the outdoors? Big Bear mountain in California (CA) is a region with fun year-round activities for families, couples, and individuals who like the outdoors, arts and crafts, and gorgeous scenery. This area is popular for camping on both private and public campgrounds, skiing, summer lake vacations, and year-round outdoor sports that draw visitors from all over. The official name of the cities in this area are Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. In this mountainous area, there are many villages, lakes, and cities that people visit from all over the country. The area is best known for outdoor activities like boating and fishing on and around the lake, as well as winter sports of all kinds (skiing, snowboarding, and more). Great area activities include:

  • Big Bear Camping: This area offers tent sites, RV sites, group campgrounds and more. Many campsites have lake access, fishing, boating, along with outstanding hiking and biking trails.
  • Swimming: Swim at Meadow Park beach or at lakeside areas all over, including camp sites, hotels, condos, and lake homes.
  • Zoo: Visit the Moonridge Animal Park, a small zoo that rehabilitates animals and helps with species survival efforts. Don’t forget to see the petting zoo at Baldwin Stables too.
  • Alpine Slide: In the winter, it’s a sled down a windy tunnel, but in the summer, it becomes a water slide! Any time of year, it’s fun for kids and adults.
  • Snow Play: An area for snow inner tubing. Real snow falls, but when in need, they make fake snow here too. This tubing area is right beside the Alpine Slide–they share a parking lot.

Though winter sports made the area well-known, tourists also enjoy this area for summer camping and past-times. There are three lakes in this region (and more in neighboring areas like Lake Arrowhead and Crestline), and a number of boats available for rent. Finding a marina or boat rental is as simple as driving by the lake–you will see them in easy view. Fishing is an extremely popular sport here. Large and small mouth bass, crappie, trout, bluegill, and more. Bait shops are easy to find–they are everywhere! Summers are hot but breezy in the evening. In the winter, the region becomes a snowy, white wonderland. For this reason, when visiting in winter, be sure to check:

  • Local Weather: Here find the temperature, forecasts, precipitation, and more.
  • Snow Report: Skiiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers, this one’s for you.
  • Road Conditions: Check these links to learn about road closures and other information.

This area is known to tourists and residents alike for fun village shopping, festivals and events, and weather like nowhere else in Southern California. This area offers other past-times, excellent dining and restaurants, as well as friendly neighbors and great schools. When you come, see the main cities, but be sure to stop by neighboring Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and Holcomb Valley as well. The three area lakes include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. Come visit!