Lakes Near Big Bear

There are many stunning lakes in and near Big Bear that offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, and hiking.  We cover 5 of the best to experience while in San Bernardino valley. Each lake has unique features and activities to enjoy.

Plan a visit to Big Bear, California, and explore these 5 majestic lakes: 

Big Bear Lake

If you’re in Big Bear, the most popular lake to visit is none other than shimmering Big Bear Lake. This reservoir has a 22-mile shoreline where you can enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, sunbathing, and so much more! There are many pet and kid-friendly establishments surrounding the lake, so the whole family can enjoy a day at the lake.  In addition, Big Bear Lake has many parks with playgrounds, picnic tables, grass (for throwing a ball or Frisbee), and shaded areas for relaxing and reading a good book.


Jenks Lake

This man-made lake close to Big Bear Lake is a paradise for anglers and fishing enthusiasts. No motorboats are allowed, but visitors can still enjoy a day of kayaking and canoeing. Situated in the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California, visitors can also enjoy wildlife viewing and picnicking amongst the pine trees.  

Silverwood Lake 

Silverwood Lake was established back in 1971 as part of the State Water Project of California, and is a popular tourist spots near Big Bear. Enjoy fishing – the lake is teeming with bass, bluegill, and carp, boating, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.  

Cedar Lake 

This beautiful artificial lake south of Big Bear Lake offers something for everyone. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, hiking in the forests around the lake, ziplining, a ropes course, and nearby shopping and dining. Interesting fact: several Hollywood Westerns were filmed at this lake.

Baldwin Lake 

This natural, ephemeral lake is the home of the sacred landmark, The Eye of God, and is one of the most visited lakes near Big Bear. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but visitors can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing. The historic The Eye of God is a quartz dome that served as the sacred site of the native Serrano people. It is a major attraction to this lake.

Ready to Plan a Getaway to Big Bear Lake? 

Book at stay with Big Bear Getaway! We have a lovely collection of homes including cozy cabins, cottages, and luxury lakefront vacation rentals in Big Bear. Some homes have hot tubs, and are pet-friendly, too! Feel free to call for more info! We can’t wait to see you on the shore! 

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