• Storm drenches Big Bear, snow in the mountains December 4, 2019
    Rain and snow are the words of the day in Big Bear and the San Bernardino Mountains. As of noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, Big Bear Lake had received 1.18 inches of precipitation with 1.51 inches recorded at the Bear Valley…
  • Donate blood at LifeStream bus December 4, 2019
    Big Bear residents can help save lives with the gift of blood. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 LifeStream conducts a community blood drive at Bear Valley Community Hospital in Big Bear Lake.
  • Make a difference, adopt a hydrant December 4, 2019
    Help Big Bear Fire Department provide quick action fighting fires. Partner with Big Bear Fire in its Adopt-A-Hydrant program.
  • Rain, flooding possible with next storm system December 4, 2019
    Big Bear isn’t likely to experience another 4 feet of snow the next two weeks, but the Valley isn’t drying out any time soon.
  • Tree lighting rescheduled, community focused event December 4, 2019
    Snow canceled the official Big Bear Lake Tree Lighting and Santa’s Grand Entrance on Nov. 29, but there is always a Plan B.
  • Near record snow affects holiday in Big Bear December 4, 2019
    What do you get when you have one of the biggest November snow storms in the past 50 years? You get a lot of stuck cars and snowed in homes.
  • Ed Trust elects new chairperson December 4, 2019
    Linda Bulman is the new chairman of the Big Bear Valley Education Trust board of directors.
  • Firefighters keep Big Bear kids warm December 4, 2019
    Members of the Big Bear Professional Firefighters Association often find themselves in heated situations. This winter they want to help keep Big Bear children warm from the cold.


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!