Boaters Reminded to Abstain from Alcohol and Wear a Life Jacket; Free Fishing on Big Bear Lake for Labor Day Holiday

The Labor Day holiday should be a great day for boating, with a forecast for sunny skies and water temperatures for Big Bear Lake averaging 68 degrees. However, before boaters hit the water, the State Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raymond Tsuneyoshi reminds, “It is important that boaters maintain a proper lookout, abstain from … [Read more...]

Volunteers Welcomed for Shoreline Cleanup Day Along Big Bear Lake on September 19

On Saturday, September 19, the California Coastal Commission celebrates the 25th anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day and, here in Big Bear, volunteers are needed to participate in the 10th annual Shoreline Cleanup Day. Last year, Big Bear volunteers showed up in record numbers—532, to be exact—to remove 1,540 pounds of trash from Big Bear … [Read more...]

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...]

Third Grade Students Get a KOOL Day on the Lake; MWD-Sponsored Field Trip Promotes Lake Safety and Environmentalism

Big Bear Valley’s third grade students are taking a KOOL field trip to the lake today, courtesy of the Big Bear Municipal Water District’s KOOL (as in the Kids Out On the Lake) Kids program. This annual activity is an opportunity for the seven and eight-year-olds to enjoy Big Bear Lake, while also learning about safe boating and life jackets, … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Police Activity on Big Bear Lake for Retrieval of Body Spotted This Morning

Crews at work this morning in the 9am hour, to retrieve the body from Big Bear Lake.

Breaking News as of 9:15am: Police activity is taking place on Big Bear Lake this morning (July 9) as, just before 9am, a paddleboat company called to report that they had seen a body in the lake, about mid-lake and in close proximity to the observatory. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is on scene, with a crew that will include a … [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...]

Last Fourth of July Set New Record on Big Bear Lake; MWD Offers Extended Ramp Hours (and Free Fishing) on Saturday


The Big Bear Municipal Water District, the agency that oversees Big Bear Lake, anticipates a very busy weekend in light of the Fourth of July holiday. The last time the Fourth fell on a Saturday, back in 1996, a record 963 boats were on the lake—though this record was shattered last year, on Friday the Fourth, when it is estimated that 1,000 … [Read more...]

Fines Up to $5,000 for Possession of Fireworks Within Big Bear Valley; BarBQ Restrictions Also in Place for Fourth of July

Given the high fire danger in Big Bear, which is unique in its wildland urban interface, no fireworks of any kind are allowed, per the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. As no fireworks are permitted in the San Bernardino mountains, we're told that routine vehicle searches by law enforcement personnel may be possible. Fines for the … [Read more...]

Swim Beach Open for the Summer; Family Season Passes Available


As of today (June 18), Swim Beach at Meadow Park is open with expanded hours for the summer season. Open each day (except Tuesday) from noon to 5pm, Swim Beach features a white sandy beach, BBQs and picnic area, showers, certified lifeguards and, soon, a new 16 foot slide. For those who plan to spend their summer swimming, the Big Bear Valley … [Read more...]

Safe Swimming and Lakeside BarBQing Available at Swim Beach, Site of Fourth of July Concert

Swim Beach (captured here in a prior summer) now includes the Summit Slide and a trampoline, both on the water!

The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District has opened Swim Beach for the season, and hours of operation are currently noon to 5pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to a white sandy beach (and current lake temps in the 60s), the district’s Assistant Regional Manager Lorie Judd says, “We have qualified, certified lifeguards on … [Read more...]