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Relaxing Weekend

First time to Big Bear Lake, was somewhat disappointed at the water level of the lake, I guess the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rosamond, California
Scenic - worth a trip!

If you ever find yourself in the San Bernardino area, take the scenic trip up State Rd. 18 towards... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
Dallas, Texas
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Hwys 30, 330 & 18, Corner of Division Dr. and Big Bear Blvd., CA 92315
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So sad to see the water level so low. Many homes are not really lakefront anymore. Docks leading to dry earth. Hope it snows or rains soon

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Difficult on every level for visitor or residents. Crowded every weekend (like every destination in California shared by too many millions) thanks to events planned year-round by Chamber of Commerce. Near impossible to find lodging or drive anywhere. Good luck finding any rentals if you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time to Big Bear Lake, was somewhat disappointed at the water level of the lake, I guess the drought is affecting all of California. We took a few short little hikes. Alpine Pedal Path was a 5.0 mile out and back along the north...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

If you ever find yourself in the San Bernardino area, take the scenic trip up State Rd. 18 towards Lake Arrowhead, onto Running Springs to Big Bear Lake. Scenery all along the way! Little quaint towns along the way. Big Bear Lake town is worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dfw9706
Reviewed October 14, 2018

If you ever need a break from the rush of so cal city life take a drive into the mountains and fall on love with the clear open sky over big bear lake. Kayaking, stand up paddle board, hiking , biking. This place is known...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is a great city for family vacations. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the lake, although the drought has made it very low. Some places there is no water. The people are friendly and they have many good restaurants.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hadikranian
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Big Bear is a Resort town that has a little for everyone , Fishing in summer to Fall.. Boating, Boat Tours. Mountain Biking. hiking, shopping .. Great food .. Many restaurants to enjoy a great meal. Oktoberfest in Sept to Nov. good German food and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mntnona2
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Great place for wildlife viewing and relaxed fishing atmosphere. In summer kayaking and swimming is good.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FitnessTrekker
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Nice quaint town with a nice selection of restaurants and activities. We rented a house big enough to sleep 14. Rented kayaks and went out on the lake for a couple of hours. Although the water level is really low, we still underestimated the size...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sheryl C
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

It is sad to see how low the lake is. I really hope we get a lot of rain and snow because if not big bear is in big trouble. On the good years the lake is beautiful to see and play on.

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 13, 2018|
Response from richardderothschild | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure but you can contact the Big Bear Information Center Big Bear Lake Visitors Center Local Number: 909-866-7000 Toll Free: 800-424-4232 630 Bartlett Rd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Carole F
September 3, 2018|
Response from mikeconnors1 | Reviewed this property |
There’s no cost associated with going to the lake. Certain activities would have costs depending on what you wanted to do.
Eda M
July 1, 2018|
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Response from sbaker2015 | Reviewed this property |
Temperatures are high 70’s during day , 40’s at night. September could be getting into some monsoon rains. But historically maybe only one day out of the month. Still fun all year.
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phoenix, az
Seal Beach or Big Bear over Labor Day? (12 Replies)
Every Labor Day Weekend for the past six years we travel from Phoenix to a southern California beach (Seal Beach, Coronado, Huntington, Mission, etc) and stay at a 3 star and up resort. While researching my options for this year's trip, I stumbled upon Big Bear Lake and was attracted to the outdoor activities of swimming, hiking, fishing, etc plus the very reasonable rental rates. We are four adults and three kids (ages 9-11)and know NOTHING about Big Bear Lake. I have been reading this...More
July 06, 2009|
Response fromCAnative|
We've been going to Big Bear Lake for years and years. It's a fine place to stay summer or winter. Have you looked at vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner)? You can see lots of photos of the place you rent and work with the owners on price. It can get hot up there at that time of year, so make sure you consider that, either have a place with a/c or near the lake where you can go swimming.
Guernsey CI UK
Skiing at Snow Summit Big Bear Lake early April (10 Replies)
Hi, we are a family hoping to ski at Snow Summit at Easter 7th/8th April midway between a trip to Anaheim and Las Vegas. I have noticed that while the snow seems good now the lift tickets are now only available to 7th Apr. Have tried contacting the website but no reply as yet. Lift tickets were previously available up to nearly the end of April. Does anyone know if that means the ski resort will be shut ? If so is there anywhere else within reasonable driving distance for skiing. Thanks for...More
March 08, 2007|
Response fromRBCal|
In Southern CA, Snow Summit is the best resort for skiing. It is currently very warm and there hasn't been a lot of snow this season. You might want to make plans to ski at Mammoth Mountain. It will almost certainly be open until May.
Brisbane, Australia
One or two day suggestions (2 Replies)
We are Australians - 2 adults and 2 children (aged 10 boy - 9 girl)visiting Anaheim in early December. We have been before and been to Disneyland & Knotts. We have 4 days on arrival to LA: Day 1 - Disney Warehouse, Downtown Disney, just general shops around hotel Day 2 ?? Day 3 - Disneyland - (Friday) Day 4 - Big Bear Lake - can we drive here without chains? We then drive to Las Vegas and have 4 weeks around USA/Canada at various places. We then come back to LA with car and...More
June 03, 2010|
Response fromyoungfamilySydney|
You could head in to LA and visit Olvera street, China Town etc