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Year-Round Recreational Activities in Big Bear Lake, CA


Big Bear Lake is amazing all 4 seasons of the year! View a detailed list of recreational and seasonal activities by season, only in Big Bear

Big Bear Summer Recreation


Once Old Man Winter packs it in, the sun warms up the mountains, days become longer and outdoor recreation blossoms!

Big Bear Fall Recreation


As summer fades into fall, the air turns crisp as the fall colors cast a warm glow over Big Bear.

Big Bear Winter Recreation


Step into our enchanted winter wonderland and awaken your childlike wonder from its own hibernation.

Big Bear Spring Recreation


Hop into spring and embrace the sights and sounds of the pine-scented forest rustling from under its snowy winter wrap.

There's an island in the sky just 99 miles east of Los Angeles that's Mother Nature's four seasons resort. This simply means you get a new Big Bear recreation experience each time you visit. Come see the vibrant hues of colorful leaves in autumn, angelic white snow flutter in winter, wildflowers blooming in spring and lake activities that shine in summer. You can count on us to deliver mountainous Big Bear recreation adventures for all ages, and stages, all year long.


Time to chill out and soak up Big Bear Lake's endless summer fun. The seven-mile lake is brimming with classic to cutting-edge aquatic sports. If the water sport exists, chances are you will find it here from kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and parasailing to jet skiing and wakeboarding. Thrill seekers will discover Big Bear's unique Action Aqua Flights is like flying above the lake like a superhero.

For an easy-breezy lake activity get onboard a replica of a pirate ship or paddle wheeler boat for a narrated tour of Big Bear's history, Hollywood movie sets and celebrity homes.

Catch a slow ride over the forest floor on the Scenic Sky Chair to the top of Snow Summit, and treat your eyes to spectacular panoramic views. Hop back on the chair for the ride down, or hike back to the base, or venture out with a mountain bike to explore the trails or compete in the Tour de Big Bear cycling race.


As summer fades into fall, the air becomes crisp and golden hues cast a warm glow over Big Bear. Amidst the vibrant evergreen trees are oaks, cottonwoods and aspens splashed with brilliant amber, yellow and pumpkin-colored leaves. Bring your camera to capture autumn's blazing beauty on hikes or bike rides through the forest.

The lake continues as the main attraction with fishing and boating activities. Rent a pontoon or let a fishing guide handle the messy work while you focus on reeling in plump trout and bass.

Fall is traditionally harvest time. In Big Bear, that means pick from your crop of a bountiful supply of fall festivities. The annual Oktoberfest kicks up a lively mood in town with brew, brats and dancing. Sometime in October, bring the kids to Flashlight Safaris at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, where they'll scope out nocturnal wildlife under a starry sky.

Hang on as you splash through puddles on bumpy roads with a guided off-road jeep tour drive your own Jeep with Big Bear Jeep Experience as a guide takes you through the spectacular backcountry steeped in history. Hear stories about the gold mining days and visit historic points of interest and during the fall months, take the tour to see the beautiful fall colors.


Hands down, Big Bear's unparalleled trails and terrain parks at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are a haven for skiers and snowboarders. Between the two resorts enjoy 435 skiable acres, 26 ski lifts, four high-speed chairs, and more than 200 terrain features to ski or ride. But there's more to Big Bear than its top-quality slopes. Strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and venture into the naturally flocked forest, where the only thing you'll have to brake for is an occasional squirrel crossing.

In town, stroll through picturesque village shops adorned with icicles hanging from rooftops, then warm up with a mug of hot cocoa inside a cozy diner. Take time out with your kids for classic winter fun and go sledding or tubing at designated snow play areas. Free your inner child - make snow angels or build a snowman in front of your cabin. Come evening, cozy up to a toasty fireplace as a fresh snowfall silently blankets the sleeping town.


Hop into spring and embrace the sights and sounds of the pine-scented forest rustling from under its snowy winter wrap. We promise outdoor fun doesn't melt with the snow. Now the hills are alive with sounds of birds chirping and a kaleidoscope of wildflowers blooming alongside the trails. Tune in to nature's melodic sounds of quacking ducks and water lapping the shore.

Bike along miles of wooded mountain trails or take a scenic path that skirts the lake's edge. Pedal at a leisurely pace, and feel the gentle mountain breezes rejuvenate your senses.

Bring your tackle because springtime offers ideal conditions to catch fish! Trout and bass will gulp just about anything in their path after a long winter's rest. The lake is thriving with rainbow trout, which makes great fishing for little tykes to the most seasoned fisherman. 

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