Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Valley was inhabited by the indigenous Serrano Indians for more than 2,000 years before it was explored by Benjamin Wilson and his party. Once the home of California grizzly bears, the area grew rapidly during the Southern California Gold Rush 1861-1912. Grizzly bears were hunted to extinction in the area by 1908.

Big Bear Lake lays claim to the world’s second bus line, which went from San Bernardino to Big Bear Valley using White trucks in the early 1900s.

As a resort town, Big Bear Lake has long attracted the Hollywood in crowd. Cecil B. DeMille, Shirley Temple, Mel Blanc, Roy Rogers and Ginger Rogers were homeowners and frequent visitors. A long list of movies since the beginning of the industry have been filmed in Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Lake is a year-round resort with boating, fishing, hiking and mountain biking in the summer, fall and spring, and skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding in the winter. Big Bear Lake is home to the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club Fun Run, numerous fishing tournaments and Tour de Big Bear bicycle ride. The Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race is back for its third Big Bear stage in 2015.

The shopping district known as the Village area of Big Bear Lake, features restaurants, lodging, unique shops and live entertainment venues. Services are provided by Bear Valley Electric, Southwest Gas, the Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power, Big Bear Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the city of Big Bear Lake. Big Bear Lake was incorporated Nov. 28, 1980.