Boaters, Don’t Forget the Life Jackets; “Reach, Throw, Row” to Save a Life on the Lake

Boating season begins on Thursday!

A potentially disastrous boating situation was alleviated due to a life jacket earlier this week, according to the Big Bear Municipal Water District’s Lake Supervisor Travis Carroll. On Sunday afternoon, Lake Patrol received a 911 call after a family had rented a fishing boat and, as both adults were on the same side of the vessel, they and their … [Read more...]

In Round #2, Municipal Water District Board Votes to Eliminate Headwalks Option from Big Bear Lake

During the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Municipal Water District, held yesterday afternoon (August 6), the resolution amendment regarding headwalks was once again addressed. Headwalks, which are the fixed piers or walkways to docks affixed to the public property of the MWD, will no longer be allowed on Big Bear Lake, … [Read more...]

Municipal Water District to Reconsider Resolution to Eliminate Headwalks in Today’s Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Big Bear Municipal Water District will once again address a resolution with regard to headwalks in their regular meeting, scheduled for 1:15pm today at the MWD offices at 40524 Lakeview Drive in Big Bear Lake. Headwalks are the fixed piers or walks that extend from the shoreline and, given new Fish and Game, as well as … [Read more...]

It’s Still Summer: Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Offers Many Water-Related Classes–and Gold Prospecting 101

Swim Beach has the 16' Summit Slide, new this summer, and a white sandy beach along Big Bear Lake.

School may resume next week, but it is still summer at the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. Many recreational opportunities are ongoing, and some, such as the first-ever Gold Prospecting 101 class, don’t get started until next week. Lorie Judd of Rec and Park tells KBHR that a number of water-related classes for adults, including … [Read more...]

Got a Big Boat? Municipal Water District Extends Dock Length Limit to 32 Feet

Boat docks on Big Bear Lake can now reach a total length of 32 feet, per a resolution amendment passed by the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Municipal Water District this week. Up until now, dock specifications required a maximum of 30 feet, including the headway, but, prompted by a specific request, on July 20 the MWD Board moved to extend the … [Read more...]

Big Bear Municipal Water District to Meet Monday Instead; Agenda Includes Possible Amendments Regarding Headwalks and Dock Lengths

The Big Bear Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors usually meets on each first and third Thursday of the month, though today’s meeting has been adjourned and will instead be held on Monday, July 20; the MWD meeting will still take place at 1pm, and at their offices at 40524 Lakeview Drive in Big Bear Lake. When the MWD Board convenes on … [Read more...]

Big Bear Paddlefest Narrows the Field in Conquer the Bear Series; Paddlers and Mountain Bikers Share Sunday Ceremony

Locals Grayson McNeill, Ted Devito, Heather Devito (and Diane Bradley) are among the top contenders in the Conquer the Bear series, which started with February's Snowshoe the Bear.

This weekend’s Big Bear Paddlefest, hosted by the North Shore Trading Company at Captain John’s Marina, was two days of fun in Fawnskin and plenty of paddlers in this, the event’s second year and first as part of the Conquer the Bear multi-event series. Saturday’s festivities included a bustling lakeside expo and paddling clinics taught by … [Read more...]

Big Bear Paddlefest Returns to Fawnskin This Weekend; Sunday’s Awards Ceremony to Include Team Big Bear and Reggae

The Big Bear Paddlefest will this year be a weekend-long event on Grout Bay.

The Big Bear Paddlefest returns to Fawnskin this weekend, for the second year of the event and the first as part of the Conquer the Bear challenge. Saturday’s activities, hosted by the North Shore Trading Company at Captain John’s Marina on the North Shore, include $20 paddlesport clinics starting at 10am (appropriate for both kayakers and … [Read more...]

Big Bear’s Fourth of July Weekend Results in More Visitors, Yet Few Incidents

[Updated version] The Fourth of July holiday under beautiful sunny skies made for a bustling weekend in the Big Bear Valley. According to Sara Russ of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, “From a Visitors Center standpoint, we had far more people than last year. We had about 170-200 people a day mid-week—and it’s continuing. That’s the best … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Emergency Personnel, Including Lake Patrol, in Rescue Effort for Person Who Fell Off Boat

Two Sheriff's helicopters, with diving teams, were dispatched to Big Bear Lake to assist in the rescue operation this afternoon. The helicopter from Apple Valley (the other is from Rialto) is, here, fueling up at the Big Bear Airport in the 5 o'clock hour before returning to the rescue operation on Big Bear Lake's north shore.

Helicopter and police activity over Big Bear Lake at this time is due to rescue efforts to locate an individual who had fallen off a rented pontoon boat this afternoon. The Municipal Water District received the call at 3:22pm that a person had fallen off the boat, in about 27 feet of water just south of the Big Bear Shores RV Park on the North … [Read more...]