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“Beautiful to walk the boardwalk!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Hwys 30, 330 & 18, CA
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Bodies of Water, Hiking Trails
Activities: Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Sailing
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Granada Hills, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful to walk the boardwalk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

We saw eight ducklings with mama and papa. Very cute! So nice for urban area folks to get a tast of wild life, but in surroundings with plenty of other activities and restaraunts nearby! It was great to see joggers, cyclists and the beautiful surroundings. The only downside was the piles of dead fish left by others to just rot. So sad!

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“BIG BEAR MARINA”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

First of all, the actual pontoon boat was good and accommodating and the guy at the dock when we left was very friendly and even let us take our inflatable kayak with us even though it is not normal protocol to do so. We rented it for 8 hours and everything went smoothly until about 6 days later after we were already home (NOT A YEAR LATER, LITERALLY A FEW DAYS LATER) My dad calls Big Bear Marina to ask about charges that were made on his card .. the girl on the phone replied that "SHE CANNOT SEE WHAT THEY CHARGED HIM FOR WITHOUT HIS BANK STATEMENT." Really? Since when did business request customer's PERSONAL BANK STATEMENTS to see what their business had charged them for? They should have had their OWN documentation of a break down of the charges made for each customer. Absurd.

Anyways moving forth my father then requested to speak to the manager to which the girl replied that he was not available until tomorrow, So my father calls back the next day and he is still not available .. THEN he receives a phone call from the manager and he explains to my father that the additional charges were made because of the fishing licenses we had purchased through them which my father had forgotten about AND THEN he had the audacity to tell my father "AND YOU DONT HAVE TO BE RUDE TO MY GIRLS EITHER" (the girls who had answered the phone) .... Wow. REALLY???? My father in no way was rude at all. He had made NO accusations about false charges, he simply just wanted a break down of everything he was charged and this MANAGER had the gull to speak to my fathe,r A CUSTOMER that way. So unbelievably out of line for a manager who expects customer's to respect his business. Everything decent about this company was outshadowed by his outright rudeness towards my father.

Mister, if you're reading this .. So soon we forget that the customer is always right? That was no way to treat an honest customer. I would NOT recommend this business to ANYONE because the service is JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE IN ANY WAY because the MANAGER (Who by the way, is a representation of all the employee's that work for him) the MANAGER.. let his mouth become his OWN RUIN.

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Redlands, California
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“The Complete History of Big Bear Lake in a 1 1/2 hour Boat Tour!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

Our skipper Chris has lived in Big Bear his entire life. His Grandfather came here in 1924. Chris tells you the history of the lake from even before it was a lake all the way through to the present day. Chris goes through the history of the cattle ranching days before the first dam was built then proceeds to tell the story of the people and purposes they had in making Big Bear Valley into what it is today. The history includes the early pioneer gold mining operations, the first dam placement to make the lake for irrigation in Redlands, the speak-easy days, early cabins and vacation spots of the lake's builders, etc. Many celebrities have lived and vacationed around the lake and Chris points many of their properties out. New lakefront construction goes on to this day and Chris tells you who owns them, how much they cost and even the square footage of each. In short, this is the best history lesson you will ever receive for a mere $15 price tag.

The 2pm tour is guaranteed to run each day during the summer. This is the only tour in Big Bear to do this. Other tours at 12pm and 4pm may be available. This tour is better than the Pine Knot Marina tour as Chris' boat can get in closer to the shore line and is $5 cheaper.

Wear long pants and a jacket, wind breaker or pull over. The wind off the lake makes for a chilly experience, even on an otherwise warm and sunny day.

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“Spectacular, convenient SoCal escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

I had owned a vacation home in Mammoth for almost 20 years but had grown increasingly tired of running the Highway 395 gauntlet for weekend escapes. I began to search for an alternative. We auditioned vacation homes from Tahoe and Lake Almanor to Clear Lake and Lake Nacimiento to Laughlin/Bullhead City and Lake Havasu. We began to feel like Goldilocks, one was too cold, one was too hot, one had no winter activities, one had no summer, all were too far. Almost on a lark I re-visited Big Bear Lake. While BBL does not rate #1 in any particular activity, except proximity, it was the only vacation destination that ranked high in EVERY category. Think about it - the ONLY four season mountain resort within three hours driving distance of over 21 million residents! And now that BBL controls its own water resources, the days of the lake being reduced to a puddle because of the orange groves down below are long gone. The local leadership has done a breathtaking job trying to retard upscale development to protect locals but gradually the area is being rediscovered as a true treasure! If you have not visited for a while, come on up and take a second look. You'll be VERY impressed.

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“Paradise in driving distance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2002

The best thing about Big Bear has to be the fact that it's a drive to destination. Many people may not realize it, but Big Bear is actually a four season resort. The winter is obviously best known for its skiing and snow boarding and many guests come here in the summer to play on the lake and get away to cooler temperatures of the mountain. But spring and fall are still Big Bear's best kept secret. Many hikers, fisherman and mountain bikers have found out that that is prime time for a visit! After laborday, you get much better rates, the temperatures are still excellent and the lake is open and less crowded. So check out Big Bear in the fall or spring if you want to experience the full beauty without the crowds.

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