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Big Bear Lake Real Estate – 92315 (city)

Big Bear Lake Area Overview

The City of Big Bear Lake is the only area incorporated separately from the County of San Bernardino. The majority of the activities—shopping, boating, snow skiing—are located in this high mountain version of a down-the-hill city.

  • The Big Bear Village—shopping and restaurants
  • Big Bear Boulevard (2 lanes in each direction) commercial district—shops, groceries, home improvement, restaurants—for a few miles from Boulder Bay park to Stanfield Cutoff
  • Four marinas
  • Snow play areas and ski resorts
  • Public lake access at many points
  • Easy access/input to local government

Natural Surroundings

The city fronts Big Bear Lake to the north and San Bernardino National Forest to the south and west. At the lake shore it is easy to watch shorebirds and water fowl, such as great blue herons, sea gulls, white pelicans, coots, and ducks of many varieties—mallards, wood ducks, grebes, teals, buffleheads, gadwalls and mergansers. With a little luck, it is also possible to catch sight of a 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.

On the forest side, trails are accessible all along the city boundary, making it easy to view wildlife and native plants, including wildflowers in the spring and early summer. With the exception of grey squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks and birds, most of the wildlife comes out during dusk or at night. Raccoons often make themselves at home on patios with bird feeders or someone at the door to offer food. Even with the city style density here, there are plenty of opportunities for viewing and appreciating the wildlife, from rabbits and coyotes to an occasional deer and a rare bear.

Home Facts

  • Every style, size, age of home—from small, aged cabins to modern mansions
  • Government lease cabins—near the dam and in Big Bear Lake West
  • Mobile home parks

Big Bear Lake Activities

Beautifull photo of Big Bear Lake Real Estate

Village Drive

    • Attend plays, concerts, events at the Performing Arts Center
    • Stroll/shop in the Village
    • Movies at Village Theaters—2 locations
    • Skateboard park (west of the Big Bear Fire Station)
    • Swim Beach in Meadow Park
    • Miniature Golf
    • Moonridge Golf Course
    • Horseback riding
    • Moonridge Animal Park
    • Access resources for home improvement—building supplies, furniture, gardening
    • Big Bear Lake Elementary School events
    • Big Bear Middle School events

Civic Center

  • San Bernardino County Library
  • Senior Citizens Center—weekly activities, events
  • Bear Valley Hospital
  • Big Bear Lake City Hall
  • San Bernardino County Offices
  • Access the lake (see individual sub-areas for specific access points)
  • Fishing:
    • Many individual spots just east of the dam
    • Along Stanfield Cutoff bridge
    • From fishing boats rented or housed at the marinas
  • Hiking/biking Trails:
    • Castle Rock Trail
    • Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail
    • Snow Summit/Grandview Loop Bike Trail
    • Pine Knot Trail—from Aspen Glen Picnic area
  • Marinas:
    • Big Bear Marina
    • Holloway’s Marina
    • Pleasure Point Marina
    • Pine Knot Landing Marina
  • Parks/Picnic areas:
    • Aspen Glen Picnic Area
    • Boulder Bay Park – picnic area, lake access
    • Meadow Park – picnic area, lake access, tennis courts, volleyball, horse shoes, lighted ball fields, playground, group picnic area, swim beach, Park Rec offices
    • Veteran’s Park
    • Pine Knot Park
    • Stanfield Marsh Bird Sanctuary Park – plus boardwalk

    Entrance to Veteran’s Park in Big Bear Lake

  • Snow:
    • Snow Summit Ski Resort
    • Bear Mountain Ski Resort
    • Alpine Slide (Red Ant Hill)
    • Big Bear Snow Play (near Division)
  • Camps/conference centers:
    • Coldbrook Campground
    • Pine Knot Campground
    • Pine Summit Conference Grounds
    • Presbyterian Conference Center
    • Youth Camp (near City Hall)
    • YMCA Camp (in Boulder Bay)

Historical Tidbits

Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 when a rock dam was built at the west end of the Valley.  In 1887, the lake was stocked with 10,000 trout.  The first hotel was built in Big Bear Lake in 1888 by Gus Knight, Jr. and John Metcalf.  The City of Big Bear Lake was incorporated in 1980. Big Bear Lake real estate is highly sought after.

Big Bear Lake Utilities

  • Water: Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power
    • 41972 Garsten Dr. / P.O. Box 10000
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • 909-866-5050
    • Some homes are on private wells
    • 30 homes are served by a private water company: North Shore Water Co.

Big Bear Lake Schools

  • Big Bear Middle School
    • (Grades 7-8 )
    • 41275 Big Bear Blvd. / PO Box 1607
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 866-4634
  • Big Bear High School
    • (Grades 9-12 )
    • 351 Maple Lane / PO Box 1708
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 585-6892
  • Chautauqua High School (Continuation)
    • (Grades 9-12)
    • 525 Maple Lane / PO Box 1815
    • Sugarloaf, CA / Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 585-2521
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