• Flagging operation in place on Highway 330 June 17, 2019
    One-way flagging on Highway 330 near Running Springs through Thursday, June 20, for a Caltrans project.
  • All roads to Big Bear open June 14, 2019
    The hard closure of Highway 18 near the Mitsubishi Plant has been lifted.
  • Collision snarls traffic June 14, 2019
    Emergency crews are investigating a traffic collision on Big Bear Boulevard near Bonanza Trail.
  • Brush fire reported in area of Mitsubishi Plant June 14, 2019
    UPDATE 5:30a.m. June 14: Highway 18 between Camp Rock Road and Johnson Grade near Big Bear remains closed due to a brush fire
  • Traffic collision sends one to hospital June 13, 2019
    The Big Bear Sheriff's Station is investigating a two-car traffic collision at the intersection of Big Bear Boulevard and Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake. The incident was reported at approximately 12:24 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.
  • Grad week arrives for Big Bear students June 12, 2019
    Graduation season has begun.
  • Chip away for defensible space June 12, 2019
    Get your CHIP together, then register tree and brush trimmings for removal. Big Bear Fire Department has resumed its chipping program to alleviate the piles created by recent significant storm damage. Online registration is available at www.thinisin.org and is offered…
  • Sierra Club talks geothermal electricity June 12, 2019
    Randy Carroll-Bradd first learned about geothermal powered electricity while serving on the Citizen’s Advisory Board of CPS, the power company in San Antonio, Texas. As a retired manufacturing engineer, Carroll-Bradd became intrigued with the potential of this constant, baseload, sustainable…

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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!