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Bow Wow in Big Bear Lake

Bow Wow in Big Bear Lake

Your Guide to a Pet-Friendly Vacation in Big Bear


If you’re looking for the best pet-friendly vacation spot in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a clear winner. We have forests full of hiking trails just right for you and your four-legged friend, a beautiful alpine lake for swimming and fetching, and pontoon boat rentals for your entire family. There are plenty of options for pet-friendly lodging in Big Bear, and several restaurants with patio seating for you and your fur baby. Some even have their own doggie menus.


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       Pet-Friendly Hiking Trails in Big Bear

All hiking trails and campgrounds in Big Bear are pet-friendly. The three most popular Big Bear hiking trails for you and your four-legged friends are the Alpine Pedal Path, a paved walkway stretching about 2.5 miles along the North Shore; Woodland Interpretive Trail, a 1.5 mile loop trail that meanders through the forest on the North Shore; and Castle Rock Trail, a bit of a steeper climb with boulder outcroppings and sweeping views of Big Bear Lake. Insider Tips: Wildlife Encounters.


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           Bow Wow Boating in Big Bear

Does your bow wow baby love boating? We have six pet-friendly marinas in Big Bear ready to get you out on the water. Big Bear Marina, Pleasure Point Marina, Pine Knot Marina, Holloway's Marina, Captain John's Fawn Harbor and North Shore Landing all rent pontoon boats that can get your entire family out on the lake for summer fun.


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           More Big Bear Lake Pet-Friendly Fun

Tails will be waggin’ when you walk along the shores of Big Bear Lake. Play a game of fetch or just let your pooch jump in the water for a quick swim. On the North Shore there are stretches of beach where you can make a day of it, set up your EZ-UP, have a picnic and soak up the sunshine beside the lake. There are parks all around Big Bear Lake with picnic areas and BBQ’s where you can stake your claim for the day and have fun with the whole family. Meadow Park has picnic/BBQ areas and a fenced in “Bark Park” where your dog can run and play off-leash.


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       Pet-Friendly Shopping in Big Bear

Find the latest in cool pet gear at Oliver’s Emporium in The Village. They have dog booties in a variety of sizes for hiking with your pet and wax balm to soothe sore paws after a day on the trails. If you plan on boating, you may want to pick up a flotation device for your fur baby to keep them safe on the lake.


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           Pet-Friendly Dining in Big Bear

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a cold brew or a place for a relaxing meal at the end of the day, there are several options for patio dining with your pet. Nottingham’s Tavern serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on their garden patio from April through November and has a special menu for your pet. Oakside Restaurant also allows dogs on their spacious streetside patio and is open daily at 3 p.m. for a late lunch, cocktails or dinner.


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           Pet-Friendly Lodging in Big Bear

There are so many pet-friendly Big Bear cabins, lodges and hotels. You can choose between properties in the forest, on the lake, in The Village and near the ski resorts. Just visit BigBear.com and pop in your dates, the type of lodging you are looking for, hit the ‘More Filters’ button and select ‘Pet-friendly’.


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           Big Bear Veterinarian & Doggie Day Boarding

Things happen. In the event that you need to take your pet to the vet while you’re in Big Bear, we have VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital on the North Shore that is open 7 days a week. Day Boarding services are available if you’d like a free-day to go skiing, ziplining or on a jeep tour. They also have a large pet store where you can find yummy treats, fun play toys and other cool pet gear.

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