About Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear BouldersBig Bear Lake, is Southern California's Most Popular Mountain Destination. Big Bear is a four season resort with a Bavarian flair rich with historical information and adventure. Offering a wide variety of outdoor activities and is a popular getaway location for many Southern Californian's.

We are a small town located in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains. Big Bear is at an altitude of 7,000 feet. This transversal range reaches heights of over 11,400 feet. The area enjoys moderate summers and is a playground for winter sports. High altitude training enthusiasts come to Big Bear for running, biking, hiking, rock climbing and the beautiful blue skies.

Our mountain top is just two hours from the metropolitan Los Angeles area and three hours north of San Diego (yes, Disneyland is downhill from here!).

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We have it all, in the midst of towering pines and crystal blue skies lies the largest fresh water lake in Southern California. With a total of 23 miles of shoreline. Big Bear Lake is routinely stocked with an assortment of fresh water fish: rainbow trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. There have been an assortment of record-setting trout catches over the years.

Big Bear is also rated No.1 in Southern California for the best skiing and snowboarding terrain around! Big Bear Lake is the home of two world class ski and snowboard slopes, Snow Summit and Bear Mtn. ski resorts, each boasting state of the art snow making machines that ensure the area is ski friendly well into the Spring. The modern ski industry was born here. Snow Summit pioneered the modern art of snow making. Bear Mtn. offers snowboarders of all abilities to come and enjoy. Due to its high elevation, Big Bear Lake receives a substantial amount of snowfall during the winter months. It's not uncommon for the snow depths to reach 2 feet or more in the area. There are also various commercial Snow Play areas offering groomed hills for inner tubing.

Enjoy moderate temperatures in both the summer and winter. The summer temperatures barely reach the eighties. Although Big Bear can experience the full brunt of winter, most days reach the forties. You can count on a 30 to 40 degree swing in temperatures between day time hours and nightly lows, any time of year – don’t be surprised if you want to burn the fireplace in August during the evenings.

The Big Bear area is divided into several locations; Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin and the East Valley. Since this mountain top valley is not very large, most cabins are within 20 minutes of the resorts or the lake.

Big Bear Lake provides an array of outdoor activities for fishing, water, hiking enthusiasts, and other land based activities. Be sure to see our area page to view  Big Bear Lake activities. 

Clear clean air, cozy warm fireplaces and a beautiful alpine forest. Big Bear Lake offers the total experience. Come for a weekend or longer, enjoy views of giant pine trees, our beautiful lake, or a snow covered mountain. Browse our Big Bear Cabins today.

Take advantage of the Gold Rush Resort Rental staff. They are friendly locals that know the area and can help you locate restaurants, events or Big Bear Lake rentals.

With a multitude of exciting outdoor activities Big Bear has something for everyone,  four seasons throughout the year, all you need now is a reservation.

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Events All Seasons of the Year!

Big Bear Lake has events during All Seasons of the year i.e., Activities throughout the year include, The May Trout Classic, Old Miners Days, October Fest, Fourth of July Fireworks, Parades, Fun Run, Antique Car Show, Corvette Show, Craft Fairs, Farmers Markets, Art on the Lake, Renaissance Faire, Peddlers Market, Antique Show, Vans' Triple Crown, Nixon Jib Fest, Volcom Peanut Butter and Jelly Rail Jam, Forum Young Blood Snow Board Contest, Jazz Festival, Blue's Festival, Clementine, Loggers Jubilee, Home Tour, Weddings, Star Gazing, Observatory, Astronomy, Oktoberfest from Sept. – Oct., Halloween in the Village, Big Bear loves chocolate weekend in Dec., the Mountain Christmas Boutique, Santa's Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting ceremony, the New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade at Snow Summit Ski Resort, just to name a few.

Look further into our site for a complete calendar of events.

Big Bear Lake is such an awesome place to visit, maybe you will find yourself not wanting to ever go back? We can share with you many reasons why choosing to make an investment in Big Bear is one that should be seriously considered. Click this link to see why now is the best time to invest in a Big Bear Property. Click here to learn about Big Bear's Top Real Estate Agents Lynn & Dixie Wheeler and Hud and Mary Wilson, who Specialize in finding buyers their DREAM HOME!


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