Two kayakers paddle in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is Open!

Posted: 09/01/21

Big Bear Lake is open for end of summer fun!

With the temporary National Forest closure is place, you may be wondering "What Can I Do in Big Bear?"

Outdoor Recreation

Hiking - The Maple Hills Trail System does not fall under the National Forest closure and is open for hiking and biking at t his time.
Biking -
Biking is permitted on all city roads in Big Bear. Bring your own two wheels or stop by one of the Valley's many sport shops to rent a bike for a day time ride.
Picnic -
City parks are open to the public. See a list here. Pack a picnic to enjoy with friends and family outdoors. Just remember to pack away any litter and leave no trace.
Shoreline Fishing -
Fishing from public shoreline is free to all, just be sure you have a valid fishing license for anyone over 15 years and follow fishing rules and bag limits. If you're needing equipment, scroll to the bottom for our #1 tackle shop pick. These guys are also happy to offer advice to fellow anglers.
Lake Activity - The lake and marinas remain open to the public during the forest closure. Rent a boat, a kayak, a jet ski, and more during your stay. Fishing charters are also available.
Golfing - Make time for 9 when you tee off at Bear Mountain Golf Course. Call 909-585-8002 or Book A Tee Time.

In Town

Riddle Routes & Urban Adventure Quest - Get to know the Valley's history and fun facts while you take in the beautiful scenery! These smart phone lead tours let you solve puzzles and clues on a scavenger hunt through The Village and beyond.
Helicopter Tours - See the Valley and surrounding landscape from a bird's eye view with Helicopter Big Bear.
Zipline & Segway Tours -
Book an adventure with Action Tours either on their 9-line zipline course or on a guided Segway tour.
Lake Tours - See Big Bear from the middle of it all on a narrated tour of the Lake.

Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest is back at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. You're invited to enjoy the best brats, beers, and traditional music and games Sept. 11 through Nov. 7.

Family Fun

Gold Mining - Excavate treasures and learn a little about Big Bear's rich gold mining history at these locations. This activity is great for younger kids.
Entertainment Centers - From Go-Karting and a Ropes Course, to riding the Alpine Slide and Mineshaft Coaster.
The Zoo - The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a unique facility dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured wildlife. Over 90% of the animals brought in for care are successfully released back into the wild. For those too injured, needing lifelong care, or have been imprinted by humans, they make their home permanently at the Zoo.

Indoor Fun

Glow Bowling - is always a good idea, plus the Bowling Barn features an extensive arcade and snack bar.
Santa Land - Interact with life size character sets and celebrate Christmas anytime of year.
Escape Rooms - Take your mind on an adventure when you solve your way out of these story puzzle rooms. Great for groups of 4-5 people.