• Fire near Running Springs closes Highway 330 July 3, 2020
    UPDATE: 6:09 p.m. Friday, July 3: Mandatory evacuations have been lifted and are now voluntary evacuations.
  • Big Bear Lake fireworks show postponed July 1, 2020
    Governor Gavin Newsom hinted at implementing a dimmer switch on certain sectors as the positive cases of COVID-19 began rising. His announcement July 1 did more than dim Big Bear Lake’s July 4 fireworks show. The show won’t go on…
  • CSD sponsors monthly e-waste clean-up days July 1, 2020
    The Big Bear Community Services District Solid Waste Department wants to help you get rid of your junk. The CSD hosts community clean-up days the second Saturday of every month through October for residents and homeowners within the CSD jurisdiction.
  • Crowds, algae and fireworks July 1, 2020
    One week before the expected influx of holiday visitors arrive in Big Bear Valley, an unwanted visitor popped up on Big Bear Lake. The annual algae bloom turned the water a greenish hue near the dam and along several spots…
  • Fireworks a go ... maybe July 1, 2020
    Big Bear Lake’s July 4 fireworks show will go on, as of press time June 30. That is subject to change.
  • COVID-19 cases on the rise in Big Bear July 1, 2020
    Numbers increased again overnight for positive COVID-19 cases. Big Bear now has 15 confirmed positive cases, up two from June 29.
  • LifeStream bus makes stop at Big Bear hospital July 1, 2020
    LifeStream Blood Bank is making an appeal for blood donations in the wake of a local blood shortage.
  • North Shore picnic areas remain closed July 1, 2020
    Some day use areas in the San Bernardino National Forest are open for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The three picnic areas along the North Shore of Big Bear Lake are not on the list.


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!