Tag: Boating

Big Bear Paddlefest 2010

PaddleFest 10k Ted Devito 1st, Adam Williams 2nd, Ramon Escobar 3rd. Big Bear Valley, CA, July 12, 2010, 10:10am – This past weekend, the third annual Big Bear Paddlefest helped to put Big Bear Lake on the paddling map!  The Big Bear Paddlefest was the third of four main events sponsored by Open Air Big Bear.  Additional events this year included Snowshoe the Bear and Team Big Bear cross Country Mountain Bike Races.  The next event will be Endure the Bear Mountain Trail Run on September 11th that will feature a 30K, 15K, and a 5K Family Fun run/walk.  This weekend’s Big Bear Paddlefest two-day event culminated in races on Sunday to include a 10K and 5K canoe or kayak, tandem or solo races.  Additionally, new to the event this year, a 30K around the lake race brought out some serious racers.  First through third place winners from the Women’s 10K include Kelly Brunson, Heather DeVito and Diane Bradley.  Men’s 10K winners were Ted DeVito, Adam Williams and Ramon Escobar.  In the 5K division, the first through third place winners were Rick Herrick, Steve Foulkes and Dan McKernan.  For women, the winners were Francesca Graziano, Glenna Spindalman and Kathy Portie.  The top female 30K winner was Doreen Wolf; with Chris Roberts coming in first for the 30K men.  The 30K Tandem teams winners were Jay Alfano and Kevin Anderson. ...

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MWD’s East Public Launch Ramp to Re-open Friday, June 18 at 6am

Big Bear Lake, CA — In news from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the agency that oversees recreation activity on the lake, today is the final day of closure on the Carol Morrison East Public Launch Ramp, which has a newly paved parking lot and a new vessel Quagga Mussel decontamination station. As scheduled, the East Public Launch Ramp, on the North Shore just west of Stanfield Cutoff, will re-open to the public tomorrow, Friday, as of 6am. This afternoon at 1:15pm, the Board of Directors for the MWD will convene at their offices on Lakeview Drive in Big Bear Lake for their regular third-Monday meeting; today’s agenda includes approval of the MWD budget for fiscal year...

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

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 boat’s driver, a man in his 40s from Los Angeles. One of the three women on board lost her hat and, in an effort to retrieve it, the man entered the lake at the rear of the vessel—however, he did not turn off the engine and may, too, have inadvertently put the boat in reverse. While he was in the water to retrieve the hat, the prop at the rear of the boat cut open his right leg, calf and foot which, though it did not sever an artery, did result in significant loss of blood. One of the female passengers wrapped his leg in a towel and used a belt as a tourniquet to reduce the bleeding, while 911 was called. Responders to the lakeshore, where the boat docked, included the MWD’s Lake Patrol, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and both the Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City Fire Departments. The victim was then flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to undergo surgery...

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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 this Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, but it will be closed Friday, June 11, and next Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. The MWD extends their apologies for this inconvenience, but hopes boaters will enjoy use of the new paved parking lot and vessel Quagga Mussel decontamination station when the project is complete. While the East Ramp is closed, free Quagga Mussel inspection, decontamination and launching are available at Big Bear Marina on the south shore of the Lake. Please call the District offices at 909/866-5796 with any questions. “In the meantime,” notes MWD General Manager Scott Heule, “go out and enjoy the nearly full lake with water clarity that is better than it has been in...

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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 well as a 30K around Big Bear Lake and a free Kids’ Fun Paddle for those ages 12 and under. For more information on the weekend event, visit KBHR’s Paddlefest story, posted in June, or log on to BigBearPaddlefest.com. This event is also the third of four in the Conquer the Bear...

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