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The drought

We were not able to enjoy the beach since the water has receded so bad. The shore was full to rocks... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Fullerton, California
Cute little beach with sand on the lake shore

This is a cute little access area for walking and enjoying the lake. A little bit of sand offers... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2015
Walker S
San Diego, California
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  • Excellent28%
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  • Average25%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible35%
Jul 2, 2018
“The drought”
Jul 15, 2018
“Nature’s fault ”
Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake, CA
+1 909-866-9700
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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

All dried up and it’s so very sad. Hopefully one day it will fill up and be just as beautiful as it was 5 years ago.

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We were excited for our trip to Big Bear Lake but left saddened and disappointed. The lake is down over 16 feet and what remains is a rocky beach, with lots of algae. Swimming was not an option. Even worse was all the garbage strewn...More

4  Thank Chopper2
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We were not able to enjoy the beach since the water has receded so bad. The shore was full to rocks and algae. Hope the rains come soon!

4  Thank jt99941
Reviewed June 24, 2018

So disheartening to see the lake down 16 feet. It wasn’t that long ago we were swimming and jumping off the blow up jumper in the lake. Unless the lake gains ( I heard there is a plan to fill it up 5 feet a...More

Thank sbaker2015
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

I grieve for Big Bear, like people do for loved ones lost. I grieve for past memories that were awesome.

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed September 8, 2016

The lake has decreased in size so there is no longer a Swim Beach for people to swim in the lake. The site was closed when I went n labor day weekend 2016

Thank Maya T
Reviewed August 22, 2016

When there is water, this is great. Now, it is closed, but the adjacent park has hand-carried boat and lake shore walking access, picnic and play areas, tennis courts, sports fields and a great view.

Thank Claire Y
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

It was closed but we found it, it was not where the map shows its towards the lake behind the park on the corner of eureka and eagle but it was closed. We went to the park and walked to the lake but no beach...

1  Thank Sandra S
Reviewed November 6, 2015

This is a cute little access area for walking and enjoying the lake. A little bit of sand offers an opportunity to relax and take a dip if you want but swimming is not advised. Good for the kids. Stroll or sit and enjoy the...More

1  Thank Walker S
Reviewed September 29, 2015

The area is beautiful and relaxing. Great for walking and boating. The water level was very low. The weather was perfect.

Thank desertdiva725
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Mark D
July 20, 2017|
Response from Wendy P | Reviewed this property |
I believe Swim Beach is now just a part of the lake called that, but is available to the public as alot of other spots are too. A day or weekend trip should be great as soon as the water gets warmer. Have fun & be safe.
May 21, 2015|
Response from Jen92040 |
In May you might get away with shorts and possibly a light sweater during the day, mostly jeans and sweaters in my case. At night it can get pretty cold so bundle up. I have tent camped at big bear during father's day... More