Boat Prop Incident Results in Emergency Situation; MWD Reminds Boaters to Turn Off Boat When Swimmers in Water

Lake Supervisor Travis Carroll reminds, "Boat smart, and boat safe!"

Big Bear Lake, CA -- A boating incident that took place on Big Bear Lake last week has prompted a safety reminder from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the agency that oversees recreation activity on the lake. In the evening hours last week, a party of four adults was on a pontoon boat on Big Bear Lake, celebrating the birthday of the … [Read more...]

East Boat Launch Ramp Closure to Extend Through June 17 (for Construction Project), Though Launch Access Available This Weekend

Big Bear Valley, CA -- In an update from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the temporary construction-prompted closure of the Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp (just west of Stanfield Cutoff on the North Shore) will be extended for an additional five weekdays in order for the contractor to complete two projects. The East Ramp will be open … [Read more...]

Big Bear Paddlefest

The annual Big Bear Paddlefest returns, and this year will be a weekend-long event in Fawnskin on Big Bear Lake's North Shore. Saturday's activities include on-water clinics and an outdoor-industry sports exhibit. Sunday is highlighted by the Paddlefest races, which will include 5K and 10K races, both solo and tandem, for canoers and kayakers, as … [Read more...]

Big Bear Paddlefest Returns on July 10 & 11; Paddling Clinic in Fawnskin This Weekend


Fawnskin, CA -- The Big Bear Paddlefest, the third of four sporting events in the 2nd annual Conquer the Bear series, launches from Fawnskin in just a month, on the weekend of July 10 and 11. As announced today by event organizers with North Shore Trading Company, Janet Dooley says, “We wanted to hold a weekend-long event that would be equally … [Read more...]

MWD’s East Public Launch Ramp Opens, New and Improved, on June 11; West Ramp Remains Open to Boaters

The Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp is getting a Quagga Mussel decontamination station, which should be ready by the weekend after next, on June 18. In the meantime, free Quagga Mussel inspections are available for vessels at both the West Boat Launch Ramp (west of Fawnskin on the North Shore) or at Big Bear Marina, off Lakeview Drive in the City of Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Earlier this week, the MWD announced a temporary closure of the boat ramp located just west of Stanfield Cutoff on the North Shore. In an updated press release, here are the additional details: “The Big Bear Municipal Water District announces that the Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp will be closed through Thursday, … [Read more...]

Diligence of Marina Inspector Keeps Big Bear Lake Quagga Mussel Free; All Boats Must Be Clean, Drained and Dry Before Launch

Lake heroes Tyler Cockrell and Stacy Marquardt, both with the MWD, and John Bishop of Pine Knot Marina kept a Quagga-infested boat from contaminating Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- A Quagga mussel-infested boat was prevented from being launched onto Big Bear Lake because of the pre-launch inspection performed by diligent launch ramp attendants, per a press release issued by the Big Bear Municipal Water District: “The boat showed up at Pine Knot Landing after spending three months in Lake Mojave on the … [Read more...]

Today’s Dam Inspection Provides “No Concerns Regarding Dam Safety”; MWD Approves Summer Activities on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Those in the vicinity of the west end of Big Bear Lake may have noticed divers in the water which, per the Big Bear Municipal Water District, is for an annual inspection of the dam. These inspections were prompted by a crack, discovered three years ago, during a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department dive team training … [Read more...]

MWD Board Unanimously Adopts New Lake Ordinance Pertaining to Non-Marina Kayak Rentals

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The updated Big Bear Lake ordinance, as it pertains to non-marina kayak rentals, was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Municipal Water District at their April meeting, which took place on the 1st. As adopted, explains MWD General Manager Scott Heule, “The big piece on Ordinance 43 allows the kayak … [Read more...]

Boating Season on Big Bear Lake Launches April 1st

Big Bear Lake, CA -- April 1st marks the official launch of boating season on Big Bear Lake, and the Big Bear Municipal Water District will re-open both the boat launch ramps on the North Shore, which have been closed over the winter months in order to serve as an American Bald Eagle habitat area. As of Thursday, the Carol Morrison East Boat Launch … [Read more...]

Municipal Water District to Adopt Non-Marina Kayak Rental Policy and Re-Address Old Gas Leak

The MWD's General Manager Scott Heule

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Municipal Water District has been addressing the issue of non-marina kayak rentals for use on Big Bear Lake for many months now. Commercial marina operators first brought the issue before the MWD, which then culled public input at a workshop in October. Since that time, the MWD’s Operations Committee, made up of … [Read more...]