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A Dry Baldwin Lakebed

Baldwin Lake Overview

Trees are spread sparingly here allowing long open views across vast Baldwin Lake or its often dry lakebed. Most public utility services are not provided, so this is a good place to be ‘off the grid.’ Homes range from compact on small lots to huge homes on acreages—most are mid-sized on fairly large lots.

  • Expansive views
  • Lakefront and lake views when the lake has water
  • Very easy access down the hill to the desert
  • A high desert feel combined with being in the mountains
  • Limited public utilities available

Natural Surroundings

When the lake has water, it is gorgeously filled with ducks, pelicans, coots, bald eagles hunting and other wildlife getting a drink. When it does not, the vast lakebed provides great open space views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The area is completely surrounded by National Forest with easy access to the nationally known Pacific Crest Trail at two points (see things to do.)

The landscape has a high-desert look with mostly chaparral—especially sage and rabbitbrush—and low growing trees, such as pinion pine. Road runners and other desert wildlife have occasionally been spotted. There are several prime areas of beautiful (and endangered) pebble plain habitat—this habitat and its many endangered plants exist only in Big Bear and Holcomb Valleys and nowhere else in the world. In the spring and early summer, wildflowers bloom throughout the area.

Baldwin Lake Stables Big Bear Real Estate

Riding horses is a great way to see Big Bear

This far east end of Big Bear Valley gets the least snow and the most rain. With plenty of sunshine, the snow that does come usually disappears quickly.

Home Facts

  • Baldwin Lake Real Estate Homes of all sizes
  • Lots from small to acreage—most mid-sized

Things to Do in Baldwin Lake

  • Horse-back riding, including renting horses from the stables
  • Petting zoo (at the stables)
  • Visit the Pebble Plains habitats and wildflowers in spring and early summer:
    • Down Holcomb Valley Road right before arriving at the dump transfer station
  • Department of Fish and Game Baldwin Lake Ecological Preserve (north of Highway 18)
  • Natural Heritage Foundation conservation area (along Shay Road on the south)
  • Hiking Trails:
    • Pacific Crest Trail—a National Scenic trail – accessible off of Highway 18 just as it heads downhill and off of 2N02

Historical Tidbits

  • Though it is most often dry, during heavy rainfall years, Baldwin Lake can be so full that it is right up to the edge of the highway.

Utilities

  • Electricity:
    • Bear Valley Electric
    • 42020 Garstin Dr
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4678
    • www.bves.com
  • Gas:  Individual propane tanks
    • Ferrellgas (propane)
    • 42110 Big Bear Boulevard
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4605
    • www.ferrellgas.com
  • or
    • Thomas Gas (propane)
    • 42100 Big Bear Road
    • PO Box 2848
    • Big Bear, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-3513
    • www.thomasgas.com
  • Water:
    • Private wells or individual water tanks
  • Trash:
    • County Transfer Station (residents receive County Disposal Use Permit)
  • Sewer:
    • Septic tanks
  • Telephone:
    • Verizon Communications
    • (800) 837-4966
    • www.verizon.com

Schools

  • Baldwin Lane Elementary School
  • (Grades K-6 )
  • 44500 Baldwin Lane / PO Box 1868
  • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
  • TEL: (909) 585-7766
  • www.bigbear.k12.ca.us
  • Big Bear High School
  • (Grades 9-12 )
  • 351 Maple Lane / PO Box 1708
  • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
  • TEL: (909) 585-6892
  • www.bigbear.k12.ca.us/bbhs
  • Chautauqua High School (Continuation)
  • (Grades 9-12)
  • 525 Maple Lane / PO Box 1815
  • Sugarloaf, CA / Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
  • TEL: (909) 585-2521
  • www.bigbear.k12.ca.us/cths
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