Imagine sleeping out under the stars in the fresh, pine-scented mountain air. Or simply make camp in your comfortable RV. No matter which way you love experiencing the great outdoors, Big Bear Lake has the perfect accommodations for you. The U.S. Forest Service operates Big Bear campgrounds in the National Forest, and there's plenty of RV camping available in the Valley. More...
Come visit our 2 marinas on Big Bear Lake. Our friendly staff can help you can rent pontoon boats, go fishing, rent fishing equipment, take wakeboard and waterski rides, rent kayaks and canoes, ride the pirate ship, and much more!
The National Recreation Reservation Service handles reservations for most campgrounds, while some are first-come, first-served, and others reserve through the ranger station.
Just like hiking, camping in the great outdoors is a good, natural fit. It’s relatively easy to do and it’s excellent medicine for the human spirit. Take a timeout from the daily grind to get closer to nature, which can simply be accomplished by camping in the forest. Most people enjoy camping with family or friends because it naturally bonds people together and creates memories that last a lifetime. It is one of the best ways to create lasting moments from roasting hotdogs on a stick to making late-night s’mores over the open campfire with marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hersey chocolate bars.
In Big Bear, there are various campgrounds for pitching a tent at more fanciful RV parks for RV campers. The most popular place to camp in Big Bear is Serrano campground, and for good reason. This campground is just a stone’s throw from lake. Most campers take advantage of this prime location to take stroll along the shoreline, fish for trout, launch a kayak or canoe, or just lounge around on the beach. Another sought after campsite is Pine Knot campground. This site is just at the base of Snow Summit and it surrounded by towering pine trees and white firs.
Another great spot campers like to go is Holcomb Valley. The two most notable campgrounds in Holcomb Valley are Hanna Flats, which can be accessed from Rim of the World Drive in Fawnskin and the other is is Holcomb Valley Campground, which can be accessed from Van Dusen Canyon Road in Big Bear City. Both campgrounds are far enough away from the mountain towns to give you a real feeling of getting away, yet easy enough to take a day trip into town to stock up on supplies.
The campgrounds are maintained by the US Forest Service and provide restrooms, table benches and a permissible fire ring. Most campsites are spacious and are very private. The campgrounds provide ample shade with multiple trees throughout. Most of the campgrounds are next to trails that are ideal for hiking or mountain biking. Each campground has a friendly camp host on site to answer any questions and to help keep a peaceful setting. The camp hosts also sell firewood if needed.
For those who don’t mind roughing it can find yellow-post campsites throughout the San Bernardino Natinal Forest. The best ways to locate these sites and to get a permit is to contact the Mill Creek Ranger Station or the Big Bear Discovery Center. Campfires are prohibited at yellow-post campsites, but most do allow propone gas stoves.
Some people prefer to camp in style, and that’s why Big Bear has some prime lakefront RV parks that include Holloway's Marina & RV Park, The Lighthouse Trailer & Marina and Big Bear Shores RV Resort. Each of these RV parks are great for camping with all the fixings, yet still getting up close and personal with nature. What makes these RV sites so attractive is they are right on the shoreline.
Camping is without a doubt one of the best leisure activities, and there is no better place to experience it than 7000’ altitude in the woods. Big Bear Lake definitely has great choices for camping under the stars.