Back to Big Bear & What's Open
Please be respectful of the rules businesses have set in place to protect other patrons and employees!
Is Big Bear Open?
The city of Big Bear Lake has reopened for leisure travel, please use caution when traveling and maintain social distancing. Always carry a mask and be prepared to be asked to put on your personal protective equipment in our local stores and restaurants. 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.
Visit the California Responsible Travel Code
If you are planning a visit to Big Bear Lake, please follow the tenets of the Visit California Travel Code and educate yourself on local conditions:
- Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.
- Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.
- Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.
- Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons, by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.
- Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.
- Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.
- Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.
How to Move Around Town
NEW: Californians are required to wear face coverings in high-risk settings. This includes inside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space and in any area where other people are present when unable to physically distance.
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 mandate a face covering before entering their storefront.
3. Restaurants - Same as stores, if you're permitted to enter the restaurant to order or pick-up, face-covering is be required.
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 a higher risk of severe illness. From the CDC: Considerations if You Must Travel
What Does the CDC Recommend in Big Bear?
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 a 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.
What's Open for Lodging?
Lodging is still permitted at this time. Please see our Places To Stay to search lodging.
What Is Open For Recreation?
Currently, outdoor recreation is still permitted in Big Bear Lake. Check back weekly to this list for any updates.
The Lake will be accepting BBMWD banded boats ONLY with the parking lot limited to 50% capacity (50 vehicles w/ trailers). Face coverings (when interacting with people outside of your household) and social distancing will be enforced with no exceptions. Please visit the Big Bear Municipal Water District website for further details on lake use permits, decontamination, and inspections or call (909)866-5796.
- Fishing - The lake is open for shore and boat fishing. Book a Fishing Charter while you visit!
- Launch Ramps - The East Public Launch Ramp is open daily from 6AM - 6PM. The West Public Launch Ramp is open daily from 7 AM - 3 PM.
- Marinas - You'll be asked to abide by marina protocols for safe boat rentals. Please contact the marina of your choice directly to get info. Some Lake Tours are available at this time.
- Boat/Kayak/SUP Rentals - Available. Contact Marinas directly for rental info.
- Water Sports - Wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding 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 Hiking 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 with the exception of Aspen Glen Picnic Area.
- 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:
- Summit Bike Park is operating at this time. See their website for tickets and info.
- Other attractions and activities are also open with the exception of indoor entertainment. Please see Things to Do 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.