• Hugh Bialecki guest speaker at Sierra Club meeting October 17, 2019
    The Big Bear Group of the Sierra Club meets Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss water, traffic, biological impacts and more. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • Motor home fire destroys RVs, boat October 16, 2019
    One man was injured and several recreational vehicles destroyed by a motor home fire at Fox Farm Storage in Big Bear Lake.
  • Sears Holdings to close more Kmart, Sears stores by 2020 October 16, 2019
    The Big Bear Kmart store has been the Valley’s only major department store the past 27 years. For the past couple of years the status of the store has been in question as the parent company, Sears Holdings, struggled financially.
  • Record fundraising ride for USARC October 16, 2019
    Adaptability. The word epitomizes the goals for the US Adaptive Recreation Center. It is also the word that best describes the 30 cyclists and 16 volunteers who participated in the 25th anniversary of the Peak 2 Peak Pedal.
  • Road work in Arctic Circle set October 16, 2019
    Caltrans maintenance crews will be busy on State Route 18 Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22 and 23. There will be a one-way flagging operation from Snow Valley to the Bear Valley Dam from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guardrail…
  • CABB preps for Big Bear winter season October 16, 2019
    The Community Advocates of Big Bear meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Historic Chapel at Community Church Big Bear.
  • Give hope, give life, give blood October 16, 2019
    The LifeStream bus returns to Big Bear Monday, Oct. 21, for a community blood drive at Stater Bros. From
  • Traffic delays in Big Bear City October 14, 2019
    A utility pole installation on Big Bear Boulevard just west of Maple Lane is causing slight delays during the morning commute in Big Bear City.

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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!