Back to Big Bear & What's Open
As businesses in Big Bear Lake begin to reopen, we'll keep updating this page with local businesses, restaurants, and recreational activities. Please be respectful of the rules businesses have set in place to protect other patrons and employees.
Is Big Bear Open?
If you are visiting this page, this is likely your #1 question. Unfortunately, we may not be able to completely answer this. San Bernardino County is officially in phase 2 of the State's Resilience Roadmap to reopen, meaning dine-in restaurants, stores, hair and nail salons, and malls may operate. Though Governor Gavin Newsom's "Stay-at-home" order remains in effect, the City of Big Bear Lake has elected to not enforce this order. The City has instructed businesses and residents to take responsibility for their own actions, should they decide to reopen. This page will maintain the list of businesses that have elected to open.
So, what's that mean?
Some businesses will decide to reopen, some may wait. Businesses have been provided information on best practices and a recommended plan for reopening. Please be respectful of the rules any business has regarding reopening. They are meant to keep staff and other patrons safe and to minimize the risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Guidelines For Moving Around Town
When you are in public areas, it is highly recommended that you wear a mask or face covering, carry a personal bottle of hand sanitizer or use the one provided outside any store, and maintain physical distance from others outside your immediate household unit.
The County of San Bernardino does not mandate wearing a mask outside of the home. We highly recommend wearing one anyway if you will be in public and entering restaurants or stores.
1. The Village at Big Bear Lake - we highly recommend covering your face from the parking lot, to your destination, and back to the parking lot. Particularly on weekends, The Village can become very crowded with people picking up restaurant orders, retail orders, or just enjoying a walk through town. Cover your nose and mouth for your safety and others.
2. Stores - Grocery stores and any retailers may mandate a face covering before entering their storefront. If a mask is not required, consider wearing one anyways.
3. Restaurants - Same as stores, if you're permitted to enter the restaurant to order or pick-up, face coverings may be required. If a mask is not required, consider wearing one anyways.
4. Crowded Areas - Masks/face coverings are not mandatory if you are enjoying the outdoors either alone or with your immediate home unit. We recommend carrying one however in case you encounter crowds or other groups on trails or in parks.
CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, consider: • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry. • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoiding close contact with others especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. • Wear a cloth face covering in public and cover coughs and sneezes. • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores. Do not dine in restaurants if that is prohibited by state or local guidance. From the CDC: Considerations if You Must Travel
What's Open for Lodging?
Please see our Lodging Page for updates on places to stay.
What Is Open For Recreation?
Check back to this list for updates!
- Fishing - The lake is open for shore and boat fishing. Call Fishing Charters to see what's open.
- Launch Ramps - The East Public Launch Ramp is open Mon - Thurs from 7AM - 3PM and Fri - Sun 6AM - 6PM. The Lake will be accepting BBMWD banded boats ONLY with a maximum of 50 vessels allowed per day. 2020 Seasonal Lake Use permits are required. Inspections will be at the East Public Launch Ramp Wed - Fri (during ramp operating hours) and all vessels MUST be completely cleaned, drained and dry. Review the “Clean, Drained, and Dry” protocol. Vessels that do not fall within this description will not pass inspection and will not be allowed to launch. Decontamination services are available by appointment only starting Friday May 29. Fees apply. Face coverings (when interacting with people outside of your household) and social distancing will be enforced with no exceptions. Visit the Water District website for further details.
- Marinas - As marinas begin to reopen, you'll be asked to abide by their protocols for safe boat rental. Please contact the marina of your choice directly to get info. Lake Tours are not available at this time.
- Boat/Kayak/SUP Rentals - Contact Marinas directly for rental info.
- Water Sports - Wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are permitted. Visit our Wakeboarding & Waterskiing page for info on marinas offering lessons or drivers for hire.
National Forest Activities:
- Hiking - All National Forest Trails are open to the public. See our Top Trails page to plan your outing. Please be respectful of surrounding flora by staying on designated trails. Use a face covering if you're passing others on the trails. Please do not litter and be sure that no food cartons, wrappers, etc. are left behind.
- Camping - Many developed campsites are now open. See INFO HERE. Undeveloped camping - including Yellow Post sites - are open. You must carry a Campfire Permit and abide by any road closures. Find statuses on San Bernardino campsites and statuses on forest road closures.
- Picnicking - Picnicking is permitted in public parks however National Forest picnic areas are still closed.
- Horseback Riding - Horseback riding is permitted on all National Forest trails unless posted otherwise.
- Off-Roading - National Forest trails are open for 4X4 off-roading unless posted otherwise
Attractions and Other Activities:
- The majority of our attractions and other activities are open. Please see our Things to Do page for a list of area attractions. Call ahead to confirm.
- Big Bear Lake Visitor Center - The Visitor Center is set to open Friday, June 5. Building hours will be from 10 AM - 4 PM Tuesday - Sunday. Though the Visitor Center will be closed Monday, phones, emails, and chats will still be answered. Face masks will be required, the entrance will be monitored to ensure limited capacity, and no food will be permitted in the building. We will be asking all Visitor Center entrants to fill out a survey to be used in contract tracing should the need arise. Our awesome staff will of course still be answering calls (800-424-4232), emails, and direct messages on our website Chat Bot.