Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountain of Southern California
Tucked away in the majestic San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California lies Big Bear Lake – a seven-mile long reservoir that is fed exclusively by snowmelt and rainwater. Located at an elevation of 6,743 feet above sea level, it has an average width around one half mile across and often reaches 2.5 miles wide! With no other tributaries or artificial replenishment sources to speak of, Big Bear Lake remains as pure as nature intended.
The lake is extremely popular for its beauty and the many recreational activities that it offers. Whether you’re an avid fisherman or want to spend some time sailing around the lake, Big Bear Lake has something for everyone. Popular fish species found in the area include trout, bass, catfish and crappie. The scenic views of the lake are perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. You can also take part in a number of organized activities such as swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. If you’re looking for something to do out of the water, Big Bear Lake is close to many hiking trails offering stunning views of the area.
Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy the abundant wildlife that can be found near the lake, including deer, mountain lions and bald eagles, and most bird watchers have or have had Big Bear Valley on their bucket list.