Boaters Should Expect Inspections

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 23, 2014 - With a large influx of tourists expected over the three-day Memorial Day Weekend, visitors are reminded that boats being launched in Big Bear Lake are subject to inspections for invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The non-native freshwater mussels can be easily spread from one body of water to another, where they … [Read more...]

Big Bear’s Night Sky is the Star this Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 22, 2014 - The StarLight Festival comes to Big Bear Saturday and Sunday bringing a unique celebration of science and technology. Happening at the Northwoods Resort and Conference Center under the beautiful, clear Big Bear skies, people will be educated and entertained in an engaging atmosphere of music and art. Hours for … [Read more...]

Santa’s Village: First in the Country

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, May 17, 2014 - When Santa's Village opened it's doors in 1955 in Skyforest, it was the first franchised theme park in the country, beating Disneyland's opening by more than a month. It was the first of three Santa's Villages built by developer Glenn Holland. In it's heyday, it was one of Southern California's biggest … [Read more...]

“Safe Boating Week” Focuses on Life Jackets

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 16, 2014 - With warmer weather, people gravitate to the cool shores of Big Bear Lake, and want to play in the water. Families should keep in mind, however, that accidents are possible. Too often both experienced and inexperienced boaters have a false sense of security and don’t wear life jackets. U.S. Coast Guard … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 - Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG … [Read more...]

The Legend of Castle Rock

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Big Bear Lake, CA, May 3, 2014 - Rising out of the mountains at the southwest end of the lake, standing like a sentinel keeping watch over Big Bear, is Castle Rock. There is a Serrano Indian legend that surrounds Castle Rock from a time long ago when Big Bear was known as Yuhaviat, which means 'pine place'. The legend tells of a beautiful young … [Read more...]

Municipal Water District Turns 50 This Year

Big Bear Valley, CA, April 26, 2014 - Happy anniversary to the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD), which turns 50 this year! The agency was founded in 1964 to stabilize the water levels for wildlife and recreation in southern California’s most popular lake. When Bear Valley Mutual Water Company constructed the original Bear Valley Dam in … [Read more...]

The Road to Big Bear

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Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2014 - The first road into the San Bernardino Mountains, which was really just a trail, was built by the Mormons in 1852 and ascended Waterman Canyon. Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 and the only way up, other than a pack trail up Santa Ana Canyon, was a long arduous trip up Cushenbury Grade. To get to the Grade, visitors … [Read more...]

Pebble Plain Habitat… Only in Big Bear

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Big Bear Valley, CA, April 12, 2014 - When the glaciers receded during the Pleistocene Age, they created unique open areas covered with miniature rare plants found only in Big Bear. These areas are known as pebble plains and have a soil composition of quartzite pebbles, deposited over eons, which prevent conifers from taking seed, thus preserving … [Read more...]

From Wildlife Habitat to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

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Big Bear, CA, March 29, 2014 - In 1959 a forest fire engulfed the San Bernardino National Forest and in the aftermath, several injured animals were found that required care. A makeshift hospital and rehabilitation area called the Wildlife Habitat was set up where the zoo is currently located. Two bobcats and an orphaned baby black bear were the … [Read more...]