What to do in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear's seasons in the San Bernadino Mountains will draw you outside. In the spring and summer time, enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing. Get out on the lake and enjoy boating, waterskiing, swimming, kayaking, and fishing. In fact, Big Bear Lake's fishing is some of the best around.

Big Bear Lake is stocked year round with bass, trout, and catfish. In recent years, large and small mouth bass have become more abundant making Big Bear Lake fishing much more than just a tall tale! Find all the gear you need, including rods, reels, bait, and boat rentals at local outfitters, or get some expert insight by hiring a guide or chartering a fishing excursion.

Big Bear Lake itself is a stunning site with 22 miles of shoreline set among the peaks and pines—and all this just two and a half miles from Los Angeles.




You’ll experience incredible views of the lake and the mountains on one of the many hiking trails around Big Bear Lake. From beginner to advanced hiker, you have a variety of trails from one to 14 miles long. One of the most popular hikes at Big Bear is the Pacific Crest Trail, which actually runs from Mexico to Canada.


When the weather turns cold, Big Bear Lake offers some of the best ski resorts and trails in Southern California. Snow Summit is family-friendly with a variety of terrain including a freestyle park.

There are many ways to enjoy the snow beyond the lift line. Go snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tubing, sledding, or even winter horseback riding. 

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What to see in Big Bear Lake

Beyond alpine scenery and lake views, or the picturesque mountains, you'll find many sights, events and attractions in Big Bear Lake

Families love the Moonridge Zoo, a 2.5 acre home for animals wounded in the wilderness. At Moodridge, caretakers treat and care for animals until they are well enough to return to the wild, caring for at least 200 birds and animals annually.

The Big Bear Valley Historical Museum features exhibits recalling frontier days and includes log cabins dating back to 1802. See gold mining artifacts and displays of early ranching and logging in the region.

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Where to eat and shop in Big Bear Lake

You'll find eateries to satisfy whatever you're hungry for all along Big Bear Blvd., the main road through town, and in the Village. Local coffee shops, casual restaurants and familiar chains are great for quick bites and family meals any time of day. Get a burger and local brew or go wine tasting in Big Bear. From pizzarias to bistros, Big Bear Lake has good eats covered.

Head to the Village for window shopping and souvenir hunting at an array of boutiques, specialty stores and antique shops. Big Bear Lake is an artists' community, and local galleries showcase the work of many painters, photographers, sculptors and woodworkers. August's "Art on the Lake" annual festival turns the Village into an open air gallery and features dozens of local artists plus the best of Big Bear's food, wine and beer.

When to visit

Big Bear Lake is truly a four-season destination, with winter ski season being the most popular. Summers are sunny and pleasant and winter is snowy but mild. Big Bear Lake sees over 300 days of sunshine and averages about 63 inches of snowfall every year. Find a serene retreat here in the spring or fall—the perfect time to experience wild flowers in full bloom or see some fall foliage without the crowds you’ll find in the summer or winter months.

What to know about Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino National Forest. Big Bear Lake sits at 6,750 feet and is surrounded by more than 1 million acres of forest. Big Bear Lake is home to many fun events, including Oktoberfest, Old Miners’ Days, a Jazz festival, and the Big Bear Lake Film Festival.

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Why vacation rentals?

The perfect accommodations make your vacation more enjoyable. A rental cabin or condo gives you a local home base and is a great place to store your outdoor gear, relax with family and friends, prepare meals and snacks in a real kitchen and enjoy having a lot more space and privacy. Check out our Big Bear Lake rentals find the perfect one for you.

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