Big Bear, Ca March 5, 2011 3:00 pm – Big Bear Lake is getting ready to open for the spring season in just a few weeks. The Municipal Water District has mailed renewal forms to boating permit holders, reminding them that last year’s permits expire at the end of this month. To purchase a permit for the 2011 season, forms are available on the MWD website and at the District office. Launch ramps will be open April 1 and will have permits available as well. The cost for 2011 permits has increased $10.00 for motorized boats and sailboats over 8’ and includes the quagga mussel prevention surcharge. Fees for all other boats, including kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and peddle boats remains the same, and requires a signed self inspection certification. Boaters are reminded that permit holders must know and follow all lake regulations and California boating laws. Lake levels are currently at 71’7”, just 8” below full according to the MWD website. Enjoy the full Big Bear Lake boating season and purchase permits early.