Lucky Kayakers get Quick Rescue from Big Bear Lake Patrol

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Big Bear Lake, CA February 12 , 2015 -  Spending time on the lake in a boat or kayak in the winter months can be a deadly combination even if the sun is out and temperatures are a balmy 50 degrees.  Always use caution, wear a life vest and realize that regular patrol of the lake is not possible in the colder months.   The water is cold and … [Read more...]

Stay Off The Lake Ice

Big Bear, CA, January 5, 2013 - With the recent cold weather, KBHR and the Big Bear Municipal Water District are reminding everyone of the dangers of walking on lake ice. Not only can it cost you your life, it can cost you money, and jeopardize the safety of rescuers. Every winter the San Bernardino County Sheriff and MWD receive calls related to … [Read more...]

Enjoy Big Bear Lake Safely

Boat responsibly on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear, Ca April 3, 2011 12:00 pm - Big Bear Lake is open and the early spring is a great time for boating on the lake.  Because the water temperature is quite cold as snow melt runs into the lake, a few extra precautions should be taken to make your trip safe.  Personal flotation devices, also known as PFDs or lifejackets should always be worn … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake Open for 2011 Season

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Big Bear Lake, Ca April 1, 2011 12:00 pm - The 2011 season for Big Bear Lake has begun.  Each year, the Big Bear Municipal Water District officially opens the lake for fishing, boating, and water skiing at the beginning of April.  While there is still snow on the mountain slopes, Stacy, on duty at the MWD’s East Boat Ramp, says she has been … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake Boating Permits Now Available

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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 … [Read more...]

Two boaters rescued from Big Bear Lake

Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard

  Big Bear, Ca, February 12, 2011, 4:00pm - Two boaters were rescued in Big Bear Lake this afternoon.  At approximately 2:45 pm, a canoe carrying a man and a woman swamped near Eagle Point.  The woman attempted to swim to shore and a bystander entered the water to assist.  The man remained with the canoe and was rescued by a San Bernardino … [Read more...]

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...]

Recreation and Park District Opens Swim Beach on June 5; Swim Lessons and Summer Day Camps Also Available

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Big Bear Lake, CA -- At long last with summer weather upon us, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District opens Swim Beach, on the lake at the western-most end of Park Avenue, starting this weekend. Swim Beach will be open weekends from noon to 5pm; once school is out (in two weeks), the recreation area will be open Thursdays through Mondays … [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...]