• 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.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear refers to the region of Big Bear Valley which includes Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and other nearby towns. The lakes in the area include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. The location of the area lead to popular past times like Big bear camping, skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

The area got its name when discovered by then mayor of little Los Angeles, Benjamin Wilson. During a chase, he rode high into the Santa Ana Canyon of San Bernadino. There, Wilson and his team found a storylike village with abundant plants and wildlife–particularly grizzly bears. For this reason, the area came to be called Big Bear Valley.

While it is true that Big Bear was indeed full of large grizzlies in the past, they were eventually eradicated from the area by hunting. Now, black bears reside in the valley, but the last known grizzly was seen there in 1906.

This valley was originally inhabited by the Serrano Native American tribe. These peoples hunted local wildlife, but they held the grizzly bear in high esteem; so high, in fact that they did not eat the animal’s meat or wear its fur. These people were a peaceful and gentle tribe. There is a museum exhibit in Big Bear that displays some artifacts found in the area. They had settlements called Yucaipa and Cucamonga, which are recalled in towns near the area today.