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A hiker takes in the spectacular view from Cougar Crest Trail

FAQs For Outdoor Recreation

Posted: 05/22/20

As everyone is itching to get out and enjoy the warm weather, we ask that everyone keep in mind the importance of social distancing and safety precautions while traveling.

As more and more businesses, restaurants, activities, and lodging reopen in Big Bear Lake, it is of utmost importance that we have the cooperation of our Community, Businesses and Guests to ensure and continue the amazing efforts and progress we've made to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 disease.

The City of Big Bear Lake has approved a Re-Opening Plan designed to keep our community and guests safe as we begin to rebuild and revive. The threat of coronavirus spread is still very real and it will take the cooperation of everyone to follow the City's plan.


Outdoor activity is beneficial both to your physical and mental health and besides that, it's just good fun! Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Big Bear Lake's outdoor recreation:

Please carry face coverings at all times and wear them when interacting or in close contact with others. Maintain a 6 foot distance from those outside your immediate household at all times. Maintain proper hygiene and wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

1. Are trails open?

The San Bernardino National Forest trail system is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and off-roading. Not all trails permit all activities so be sure to abide by signage prohibiting certain uses. Our Valley's most popular trails can be found HERE. Further info on off-roading can be found HERE.

Wear a face covering if you encounter others on the trails and be sure to Leave No Trace and protect our environment!

2. Are public bathrooms open?

City public restrooms at Rotary Park and the Chamber of Commerce building (630 Bartlett Rd) are open.

Bathrooms located at trail heads have temporarily been replaced with portable toilet facilities.

Parks & Recreation bathrooms are open at Meadow Park, Ski Beach, and Sugarloaf Park. Portable facilities are located at Miller Park, Erwin Park, The Ranch in Erwin Lake, and Dana Park in Fawnskin.

Carry a personal bottle of hand sanitizer to use after you use any restroom facility.

3. Is the lake open?

The lake is open to the public with some services available. Please contact marinas directly who have elected to open at this time. Lake Tours cannot be booked at this time.

Please refer to the Big Bear Municipal Water District for info on launching personal water craft.

Face coverings are required during any interactions at the Launch Ramp and marinas.

Swim Beach will not be open this Summer due to low water levels.

4. Can I rent a boat/kayak/SUP?

Please contact marinas directly who have elected to open at this time.

5. Is the lake open for fishing?

Short and boat fishing are both permitted.

If you're fishing along the shoreline, be sure to maintain a 6 foot distance between you (or your household members) and others.

6. Are campgrounds open?

Campgrounds are open as of May 22. Explore developed Big Bear campgrounds and Yellow Post Sites on the Forest Service website. Reservations can be made HERE, though some areas are first come first served. Read the Forest Service announcement HERE. A Campfire Permit is required for all.

One campground is permitted for one household unit.

7. Are tours operating?

Touring experiences are one of Big Bear's most popular activities! Please refer to our Back to Big Bear page.

8. Is the Golf Course open?

The Bear Mountain Golf Course and Driving Range are open. Please refer to our Back to Big Bear page.

9. Is the Summit Bike Park Open?

Please refer to our Back to Big Bear page.