Playing on Big Bear Lake is one of the best
activities in Big Bear!
There are so many different ways to enjoy
our beautiful lake. You can go fishing, canoeing,
kayaking, pontooning, jet skiing, windsurfing,
sailing, paddle boating, wake boarding and
water skiing. Here are some details.
in Big Bear---- This is the best! Our lake
is stocked with trout, blue gill,
crappie, and small mouth bass. If you don’t
have you’re own fishing gear, you can
charter a friendly experienced guide with
a fully loaded 22’ boat. All kinds
of boats are for rent and you can also rent
fishing gear. It is possible to fish from
the shore as Big Bear’s lake is accessible
to the public. Listen to our local radio
station, KBHR 93.3 for the latest fishing
information. You can check one of our on
line news sources, www.bigbearnews.com for
fishing info too.
the Lake---- If you’d like
a fun and information filled tour of the
lake, you can go out on the Pirate Ship,
the Big Bear Queen or go out in a small boat
with Captain John. These excursions are lots
of fun and you’ll find out where the
celebrity homes are, where we have our local
ghosts and local history plus much much more.
Dinner cruises are also available.
Water Craft Sports---- Parasailing, tube
towing, wind surfing, jet skiing,
wakeboarding and water skiing are all available
It is colorful and beautiful to see the
parasailing over the lake. I’m sure
that the view is spectacular from the sky.
on the Lake--- Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks,
pontoon boats, sailboats
are all available for rent on the lake. The
best views of the lake are from the water.
It is awesome to sit quietly on the lake
and watch the sun set or feed the ducks that
are always hungry. There are also public
launches so you can launch your own boat
should you have one. For your comfort, there
are also “S. S. Relief” stations
on the lake.
Big Bear Lake has always been a great place
to relax and have fun. But, our lake was
not always here because it is a man made
lake. A rock dam was built in 1884. In 1911
construction of the Eastwood Dam, our current
dam, was begun. It is recognized through
out the state as an engineering marvel. The
design was a reinforced concrete multiple
arch dam. The construction of this dam cut
costs 30%-40% less than other designs at
the time, which brought the cost down to
$138,000. Eastwood developed a less expensive
and safer way to store water. It was also
very important to the economic growth for
in Big Bear Valley, visitors and guests
alike, appreciate the forward thinking
people who had the dam constructed. Oh,
by the way,
the dam was constructed to provide irrigation
for the citrus orchards in Redlands and
Highland years ago, not to provide us with
Our recreational benefits are a strictly
a byproduct of the need to provide water
to the valley below. Aren’t we fortunate
to have this wonderful lake to play on
as a bonus?
The historical facts regarding the dam were
taken from Big Bear The First 100 Years
written by Tom Core, printed in 2002. It
is recommended reading for those who are
interested in Big Bear history.