Big Bear Lake has it all: fishing, paddle sports, boating, wake boarding, inner tubing, jet skiing and more! Marinas are open spring through autumn.


All privately watercraft (including non-motorized types) must display permits. They can be purchased at any marina.

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Public Launch Ramps

The Public Launch Ramps are open for all vessels, motorized and non-motorized. Both ramps are located on the North Shore. The East Ramp is close to Stanfield cutoff, near the Discovery Center and the West Ramp is closer to the Big Bear Dam, west of Fawnskin. Launching your vessel is free, but your vessel will need to pass inspection for the Quagga mussel. You will also need to have a Lake Use Permit. Permits can be purchased daily, multiple days or annually. For launching information in day use and permits visit Big Bear Municipal Water District.

Please see map at right for Launch Ramp and Marina locations. Ramps are indicated with a blue icon. Marinas are indicated with an orange, anchor icon.

Big Bear Municipal Water District

The BBMWD manages Big Bear Lake to maintain a healthy ecosystem for our wildlife and a safe environment for lake recreation. BBMWD manages all lake services like the Public Launch Ramps, Lake Patrol, lake permitting, vessel inspections and decontaminations, floating restrooms, water quality testing, and more.

Visit for additional information on swimming rules, launching procedures, fishing licenses, and much more.

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A kayaker paddles by the shore of Big Bear Lake. Green shrubs and pine trees are visible on the shore.
Click the image for info on the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program.


The Big Bear Municipal Water District works hard to maintain the safety of Big Bear Lake for visitors and a healthy environment for wildlife. Help BBMWD in keeping our lake clean by disposing of trash in designated bins, refraining from feeding wildlife, and adopting a shoreline!

The Adopt-a-Shoreline program is designed for volunteers to 'adopt' a section of the shoreline or a trash can, and help keep that area clean throughout the season. It is structured much like the successful Adopt-a-Highway program sponsored by CalTrans. This is an excellent opportunity for kids, adults and community groups to participate in a great outdoor activity, help the environment, and keep Big Bear Lake beautiful too! BBMWD

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