5 Ways to Have Fun on Big Bear Lake

5 Ways to Have Fun on Big Bear Lake
February 28 11:13 2018 Print This Article

With 23 miles of shoreline, Big Bear Lake offers an enticing attraction for those who love the water. This beautiful lake in the San Bernardino Mountains is a popular attraction in the region due to its peaceful atmosphere, beautiful weather, and fun water activities. Whether you’re the type who just wants to kick back and relax or enjoy a high-octane adventure, you’ll find plenty to do when you visit Big Bear Lake.


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Big Bear Lake is a popular destination for wakeboarders. Thanks to the long, seven-mile stretch across the widest part of the lake, you can easily enjoy plenty of twists and turns as you’re pulled across the water. There are plenty of places to rent the boat and equipment needed, or you can stop by the cable wake park on the lake that offers wakeboarding experiences with no boat required. It’s the perfect place for beginners to learn the basics of the sport or for more experienced wakeboarders to perfect a few fun tricks.

Jet Ski

If you love the rush of adrenaline that comes from water sports, make sure to try jet skiing on Big Bear Lake. With plenty of local businesses offering jet ski and waverunner rentals, you’ll have plenty of options for hopping on the water and zipping through the waves with ease. This is an easy option for those who want something a little less complicated than water skiing or wakeboarding, and it’s great for younger and older visitors who want to get out on the water with a low-impact ride.


One laid-back water sport many Big Bear visitors enjoy is kayaking. Bring along your own kayak or rent one locally to explore the calm waters of the lake at your leisure. Other popular non-motorized water sports at Big Bear Lake include canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding.


There’s nothing quite like a dip in the refreshing waters of Big Bear Lake. People of all ages can enjoy swimming at this fun destination. Meadow Park is perhaps the most family-friendly destination thanks to its sandy beach, snack bar, public restrooms, floating dock, and lifeguard. While lifeguards are on duty elsewhere, swimmers are permitted to swim within 50 feet of the shore around the lake. For easy access to swimming locations, check out these Big Bear hotels, many of which are located within steps of the shoreline and offer breathtaking lake views.


While you might have to wait for summer for water sports like jet skiing and wakeboarding, you can fish through the spring, summer, and fall at Big Bear. Freshwater anglers love the abundant and high-quality rainbow trout, largemouth bass, catfish, bluegills, and sunfish found in the lake. Bring your own boat and gear to a public boat launch ramp or rent a fishing boat, license, and tackle from one of the Big Bear’s six marinas. For those who want extra guidance, sport fishing charter services are available as well.

Big Bear Lake is a family-friendly destination that’s known for a number of popular water activities. Enjoy this gorgeous lake getaway with your loved ones on your next vacation.

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