L.A. Man in Wednesday’s Canoeing Incident on Cedar Lake Dies in Loma Linda Hospital

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Yesterday afternoon’s police activity, including helicopters, over Cedar Lake Camp in western Big Bear Lake was prompted by a canoe that had capsized at about 1:30pm. Two men had been in the vessel and one, 29-year-old Lashun Curtis Robertson of Los Angeles, at the camp for a retreat with a group from Los Angeles Mission, … [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...]

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...]

Municipal Water District Reminds: Do Not Walk on Boat Docks or Lake Ice

Heavy snow load on boat docks can present dangers to those who use them. (Photo courtesy MWD)

Big Bear Lake, CA -- With an abundance of snow this season, the Big Bear Municipal Water District, the agency that oversees the lake, has noticed more than usual snow load on boat docks this winter. Given the extra weight on these floating structures, the MWD notes that extra caution should be exercised; dock owners and visitors need to refrain … [Read more...]

Paula Fashempour Assumes MWD Presidency, Making Her First Woman to Do So in District’s 45-Year History


The Big Bear Municipal Water District’s appointment of Division 2 Director Paula Fashempour as president is history-making as, per General Manager Scott Heule, “She is the first woman to be president for the district in 45 years, which is an exciting thing. Paula will bring a unique perspective to the presidency, as would any new president.” … [Read more...]

Reminder: It Is Illegal and Unsafe to Go Out on the Lake Ice

Current lake temps average 31 degrees.

It is not only unsafe, but illegal to go out on to the lake ice. The ice on Big Bear Lake never gets strong enough or thick enough to safely support those who walk on it and, should you or your pet fall through the ice, hypothermia is a real threat as the lake temperature is in the low 30s this week. If found out on the lake ice, you could be … [Read more...]

MWD Extends Dock Length Allowance for Eagle Point Area; Test Policy in Place for 2010

Those with boat docks in the Eagle Point area will be given opportunity to extend those boat docks in the coming year, given Municipal Water District Board approval for the new test policy in their meeting on Thursday. At present, all Big Bear Lake dock lengths are to be within the 70 foot regulation, though for calendar year 2010, MWD will allow … [Read more...]

It’s Just a Drill: Big Bear City Firefighters Do Ice Rescue Training Off Stanfield Cutoff Today

Current lake temps average 31 degrees.

The Big Bear City Fire Department will be training on ice and cold-water rescue in the area of Stanfield Cutoff today; training was scheduled to begin at 9am and will continue through the day. Passers-by are reminded that this is just a drill if you see emergency personnel doing rescue operations on the lake ice. Per a statement released by the Big … [Read more...]

Volunteers Remove 718 Pounds of Trash from Lake’s Shoreline in 10th Annual CleanUp Day

Shoreline CleanUp coordinator Alan Sharp and station volunteer Christie Walker at the East Ramp cleanup area.

From the Mexico border to Oregon, the 25th annual California Coastal CleanUp included, statewide, nearly 70,000 volunteers on Saturday. In the Big Bear Valley, the September 19 effort was the 10th annual cleanup day for Big Bear Lake’s shoreline. Local event coordinator Alan Sharp of Big Bear Marina says that there was a smaller than usual … [Read more...]