Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

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Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

Big Bear Lake vacation rentals

Charting the waters of Big Bear Lake

The dramatic setting of Big Bear Lake, nestled on the lakeshore in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, makes it a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. This friendly city provides the ideal base for every activity imaginable, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to mountain biking and freshwater fishing in summer. Big Bear Lake vacation rentals are especially in demand on weekends, when southern Californians hit the highway to shake off the stresses of work with a breath of fresh mountain air and some comforting down-home hospitality.

Big Bear Lake—a favorite fishing spot

Fishing is one of the prime attractions of Big Bear Lake. This vast expanse of freshwater is home to abundant trout, bass, and catfish. Anglers can rent a pontoon and test their skill against their wily prey, or hire an experienced fishing guide to maximize their chances of a productive catch. Big Bear Lake vacation rentals on the lake offer keen anglers the chance to pursue their hobby to their heart’s content without straying far from home. The Big Bear Troutfest draws huge crowds to the marina each September, offering prizes in various categories along with the chance to compete for prestigious trophies.

Big Bear Lake, past and present

There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful recreational lake, from kayaking and parasailing to narrated boat tours. Climb aboard a replica pirate ship and hear tall tales of pirates and adventurers, or gain insights into the lake’s history, which dates back to 1845, on board the Miss Liberty paddlewheel. Continue your voyage into the past with a visit to the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. This fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibits chronicles the city’s rich heritage from its roots in the indigenous Serrano tribe, through the Gold Rush era, to its transformation into winter-sports hot spot.

Big Bear Lake—a winter wonderland

The high elevation of Big Bear Lake sets it apart from the rest of southern California in terms of snowfall. This unique climate provided the incentive for the opening of the region’s first winter-sports resort as far back as 1921, and snowfall has been recorded in every month except July and August. The winter vacation season usually runs from late November to late March, when demand spikes for Big Bear Lake vacation rentals near the slopes. Peak temperatures in July are often accompanied by refreshing mountain rain and cool evenings, providing comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.

Forest trails around Big Bear Lake

Book a Big Bear Lake vacation rental near the San Bernardino National Forest to be close to a protected wilderness of mountainous terrain that includes 2 of the tallest waterfalls in southern California. The mountains are home to many species of coniferous trees, the ubiquitous ponderosa pine among the most striking. The Big Bear Discovery Center contains a museum of local natural history along with wide-ranging information about the ecology of the National Forest. Guided eco-tours and interpretation programs are just some of the ways to discover this environment.