• 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…

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.