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10 Great Picnic Spots In Big Bear Lake

Posted: 08/07/20

There's nothing like spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. Check out our top 10 spots in Big Bear Lake to have your next picnic.

Enjoy your next picnic lakefront or surrounded by the scenic beauty of the forest. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors is a perfect way to create memories in Big Bear Lake that will last a lifetime.

All of the picnic areas are available year-round. Colorful wildflowers and budding trees in the spring with great trout fishing at most locations. Lazy, lakeside summer days with star-filled nights. Autumn brings warmer colors and cooler temperatures and the skies are crisp and clear. When the snow flies, these areas are great for building snowmen, having an epic snowball fight, or making snow angels. Top it off with an outdoor BBQ in the snow. Bundle up and make sure you have dry clothes for little ones to change into when your day is done. Sunscreen should be used in all seasons at this elevation.

1. Boulder Bay Park

Location: 39148 Big Bear Blvd.

This lakefront city park has spectacular views of the iconic Boulder Bay, picnic tables, a gazebo, a fishing pier, lake access, public restrooms, and a parking lot. There is also a grassy area to spread out a blanket and enjoy the day. A concrete walking path makes this accessible for wagons, strollers and wheelchairs. Kayak rentals and general store within walking distance.

2. Happy Hills Trail Picnic Area

Location: 39707 Big Bear Blvd.

This is a shady, forested picnic area. Discover the beauty of tall pines dotted with wildflowers and historic cabins along a small creek. Picnic tables, bear-proof trash cans, and a paved walking path make it easily accessible for wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs. Parking is on the west end of the Big Bear City Hall.

3. Aspen Glen Picnic Area

Location: 40105 Mill Creek Rd.

This wooded picnic area is a day-use area only. There is a community fire ring, picnic tables, BBQ, parking, and public restrooms. You can access the Pineknot Trail from the picnic area if you want to do some hiking. Pineknot Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. This picnic area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure Passes are available at the Big Bear Visitors Center or the Discovery Center.

4. Rotary Pine Knot Park

Location: 481 Bartlett Rd.

This small lakefront park is near the Village. Picnic tables, benches, grassy area to spread out a blanket for a picnic or just relaxing and enjoying the views. Small playground for children and public restrooms on-site. Park in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the Village and head towards the lake.

5. Veteran’s Park

Location: Big Bear Blvd. & Knickerbocker

A small lakefront park with limited picnic tables and benches just steps away from the Village. Grassy area to spread out picnic blankets and enjoy the views. The paved walking path makes it accessible for wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs. Parking is next door in the Community Church parking lot. Public restrooms are on site.

6. Meadow Park

Location: 41220 Park Ave.

Lakefront city park with fishing dock, tennis courts, volleyball court, horseshoes, 2 lighted ball fields, playground, group picnic pavilion, picnic grove with tables, BBQ’s and public restrooms. Plenty of parking available and there is even an enclosed ‘Bark Park’ for your furry family members.

7. Juniper Point

Location: 41365 North Shore Dr.

This picnic area is on a knoll above the lake. Picnic tables and BBQ’s under shady juniper trees with a short, slightly rocky path down to the lake for swimming. Alpine Pedal Path runs between the parking lot and the picnic area and is a perfect place for walking, running, or biking. Easily accessible for wagons, strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs. Pit toilets are in the parking area. This area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure passes are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center or the Discovery Center. Great area for sunset views.

8. Meadow’s Edge Picnic Area

Location: 40751 North Shore Ln.

A shady, well-forested area with picnic tables, BBQ, restrooms, and parking. Great location across from Serrano Campground. Easy access to the lake for swimming. Nearby kayak, paddleboard, and bike rentals at Paddles & Pedals so you can enjoy water sports or cruise along the nearby Alpine Pedal Path and enjoy the scenery. Accessible for wagons, strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs. This area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure passes are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center or the Discovery Center.

9. Dana Point Park

Location: 39369 North Shore Drive

Shaded picnic tables, BBQ, restrooms, parking, and nearby lake access for swimming. Close to Captain John’s Marina for boat, paddleboard, kayak, or canoe rentals. Also, the home of the Tarzan Boat which is like a giant playground on the water. Great family fun!



10. Grout Bay Picnic Area

Location: 39028 North Shore Dr.

Lakeview picnic area with BBQ, picnic tables, restrooms, and parking. Stunning mountain views across the street from Grey’s Peak Trail for hiking. This area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure passes are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center or the Discovery Center.

No matter the season, there is always a perfect picnic spot in Big Bear Lake to bring your friends and family.