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Area Overview

Big Bear Lake Marina

Big Bear Lake Marina

 

Central Big Bear Lake runs from City Hall and the Performing Arts Center to east of the Village, so it functions as the hub of the city area. With three marinas and lots of lake front property and lake views, the lake and activities there can be a major focus.  

  • The Big Bear Village—shopping and restaurants
  • Three marinas
  • Public lake access at many points
  • Lake front and lake view properties
  • Easy access/input to local government

Natural Surroundings

With lakefront all along the north side of this area, the lake plays a large part in the natural surroundings here. This section of the lake has Metcalf Bay and Gilner Point. Bird watching at the lake shore would bring a lot of possibilities with great blue herons, sea gulls, white pelicans, Canada geese, coots, ducks of many varieties—mallards, wood ducks, grebes, teals, buffleheads, gadwalls and mergansers—as well as a possible bald eagle or osprey. Within a few minutes of watching the surface of the water, some of the most common fish in the lake—trout and carp—will also announce their presence with a little jump out of the water to catch insects. The lake is freshly stocked with trout every year by the trout fishermen’s association.  

A few trails are accessible along the national forest boundary. The surrounding forest has lots of small wildlife, as well as deer, coyotes and black bears. In the spring and early summer many native plants and wildflowers make their appearance along the south side and in open spaces within the area. It is especially nice to view the endangered checkerblooms and pebble plain habitat flowers that like this area.  

Home Facts

  • Every style, size, age of home
  • Government lease cabins
  • Mobile home park

Things to Do

South Entrance to Big Bear Lake Village

South Entrance to Big Bear Lake Village

 

  • Attend plays, concerts, events at the Performing Arts Center
  • Stroll/shop in the Village
  • Movies at Village Theaters—2 locations
  • Horseback riding
  • Big Bear Lake City Hall
  • Big Bear Lake Elementary School
  • Access the lake (see individual sub-areas for specific access points)
  • Fishing:
    • From fishing boats rented or housed at the marinas
    • Hiking/biking Trails:
    • Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail
    • Pine Knot Trail—from Aspen Glen Picnic area
  • Marinas:
    • Big Bear Marina
    • Holloway’s Marina
    • Pine Knot Landing Marina
  • Parks/Picnic areas:
    • Aspen Glen Picnic Area
    • Pine Knot Park
  • Snow:
    • Alpine Slide (Red Ant Hill)
    • Camps/conference centers:
    • Coldbrook Campground
    • Presbyterian Conference Center
    • Youth Camp (near City Hall)

Historical Tidbits

City Hall and the Performing Arts Center were built in 1888.   The house where “War Games” was filmed is on Gilner Point.  

Utilities

  • Electricity:
    • Bear Valley Electric
    • 42020 Garstin Dr
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4678
    • www.bves.com
  • Gas:
    • Southwest Gas Corporation
    • 40844 Big Bear Boulevard
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4656
    • www.swgas.com
  • Trash:
    • Big Bear Disposal
    • 909-866-3942

Schools

  • Big Bear Elementary School
  • (Grades K-6)
  • 40940 Pennsylvania Avenue/ PO Box 1627
  • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
  • TEL: (909) 866-4638
  • 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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