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General Big Bear Lake West – GBLW

Area Overview

Most of the roads are a bit curvy and the sometimes steep terrain changes add texture to the neighborhoods. Set between the lake and the national forest, most of the homes have views of the lake or of the awesome piles of boulders that define the area.

  • Beautiful boulders/piles of boulders
  • Houses built into the hillsides and around boulders
  • Lake views, lakefront, docks
  • Public lake access at many points (see list in ‘things to do’)
  • National forest boundary
  • Lots of long-lasting snow

Natural Surroundings

Boulder Bay and Papoose Bay set the lake scene, along with China Island just to the west. It is easy to catch a nice view of shorebirds and water fowl, such as great blue herons, sea gulls, white pelicans, Canada geese, coots, many varieties of ducks—mallards, wood ducks, grebes, teals, mergansers and gadwalls–bald eagles and ospreys.

Castle Rock peak and the popular forest trail to it highlight the forest side of the area.. The majority of the forest trees are Jeffrey pines on this western end of the valley and the forest floor has many wildflowers in the spring and early summer. This area, along with Fawnskin, gets the most snow each winter, and on this south side of the lake, in the shade of the mountains, the snow lasts longer and stays deeper than anywhere else in the valley.

Home Facts

  • Every style and size, many older homes
  • Government lease cabins


Things to Do

  • Visit the Dam Keeper’s house
  • Visit China Island
  • Access the lake from public access points:
    • Cove (East) Landing (east of 707 Cove Drive)
    • Tamarack Landing (east of 795 Cove Drive)
    • Pine Landing (Big Bear Boulevard just west of Peninsula Ln.)
    • Boulder Bay (park on Big Bear Boulevard)
    • Willow Landing (south side on west end of Willow Landing Rd.)
    • Shelter Landing (east of 38878 Waterview Dr.)
    • Blue Jay Landing (east of 39028 Waterview Dr.)
    • Chincapin Landing (north end of Chincapin Rd.)
    • Landlock Landing (south of 635 Cienega Dr.)
  • Fishing:
    • Many individual spots just east of the dam
  • Hiking/biking Trails:
    • Castle Rock Trail
  • Marinas:
    • Pleasure Point Marina
  • Parks/Picnic areas:
    • Boulder Bay Park – picnic area, lake access
  • Camps/conference centers:
    • YMCA Camp (in Boulder Bay)
    • Sacred Heart Retreat Camp


Historical Tidbits

  • Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 when a rock dam was built at the west end of the Valley.
  • Portions of the dam keeper’s house still stand just east of the dam.
  • In 1887, the lake was stocked with 10,000 trout.



  • Electricity:
    • Bear Valley Electric
    • 42020 Garstin Dr
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4678


  • Gas:
    • Southwest Gas Corporation
    • 40844 Big Bear Boulevard
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4656


  • Water:
    • Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power
    • 41972 Garstin Dr. / P.O. Box 10000
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • 909-866-5050


  • Telephone:
    • Verizon Communications
    • (800) 837-4966



  • Trash:
    • Big Bear Disposal
    • 909-866-3942



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



  • Big Bear High School


  • 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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