The Big Bear Dining Guide for Music Lovers

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If music is your pleasure, then Big Bear Lake is where you need to be.  The areas surrounding Big Bear Lake are brimming with live music experiences for the whole family. Need somewhere to stay?  Make reservations at Big Bear … Continue reading

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Big Bear Road Closure for October

Big Bear motorists and Oktoberfest visitors should plan ahead for evening road closures starting October 12th -29th at “Arctic Circle” on State Route 18 from Monday – Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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Road Closure Details

The closure, issued by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is a storm relief effort, occurring between Snow Valley Ski Resort and Big Bear Dam. Work crews will be prepping the affected area of the closure for winter weather by performing tasks including:

  • cleaning culverts
  • performing drainage
  • picking up roadside debris
  • trimming vegetation near street signs
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Road closures to Big Bear on Arctic Circle on SR 18

Alternative Route for Motorists Traveling to Big Bear

Motorists heading for Big Bear are advised to use SR 38 as an alternative route. If you are staying with us for Big Bear’s Oktoberfest celebration or plan to make reservations between October 12th – 29th we advise taking the alternative route.

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Caltrans advises taking SR 38 when motorists are traveling to Big Bear

If you still need to make reservations, don’t forget to book online for 25% OFF when you stay two nights or more from Friday – Sunday until October 31st.

Caltrans Speaks Out about Road Work near Big Bear

According to the Big Bear Grizzly,  Caltrans District 8 spokesperson Shelli Lombardo said the closures are being done at night out of consideration for the public.

“We’re trying to make it as easy on the motoring public as possible, and to take advantage of the closure to get as much maintenance work done as we possibly can,” Lombardo said, as reported by the Big Bear Grizzly. “We know between now and then there will probably be slide material on the road, so they’ll take care of that as well.”

Big Bear Road Closure Updates & Driving Directions

For recent updates and information about travel tips, weather advisories and area road closures, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To contact us regarding driving directions or reservation information, call us at (800) 798-3960.

For direct information regarding this road closure, please contact Caltrans at (916) 654-2852.



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Fall at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is starting the fall season with its annual celebration of Oktoberfest on the lake! Visitors and locals can look forward to cooler weather, earlier sunsets and mountain views speckled with shades of turning autumn leaves.

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If you are visiting Big Bear Frontier this fall, you can expect a season of fun events and fall celebrations for all ages to enjoy. It is the perfect season for hiking, trout fishing and paddling all day on the lake.

Travel Deals for Fall on Big Bear Lake

At Big Bear Frontier, we are starting the season with a travel deal to kick-off Oktoberfest.

Looking for the perfect place to stay while you celebrate Oktoberfest on Big Bear Lake? Our cabins are ideal for accommodating couples and families. Plus, we are dog-friendly which means you dog can come along this fall!


Until October 31st, Big Bear Frontier will be offering 25% OFF accommodations for reservations of two or more nights between Friday – Sunday. This is offer is redeemable when you book online with CODE: OCTFEST.

Oktoberfest on Big Bear Lake

From September 12th – October 31st, visitors can enjoy endless events for Big Bear Lake’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, starting with the 15th Annual American Heroes Weekend on September 12th – 13th.

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This is also Big Bear Lake’s 45th anniversary celebrating Oktoberfest, which means more give-a-ways, more happy hour specials, better travel deals and even more fun!

Activities for Kids 

Every Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest weekend features log sawing and stein holding, beer pong, and beer drinking contests. Kids can participate every Sunday at 3 p.m.

Food & Beverage Event 

Treat your taste buds with “Unplugged” Weekend Package on October 16th, featuring flavors of German cuisine for dinner, festive drinks,  LIVE music and a commemorative stein.

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LIVE Music and Entertainment for Oktoberfest

Big Bear’s Oktoberfest event features no shortage of musical sounds and LIVE entertainment. Performances include traditional and modern sounds by German and American musicians including The Franken Power Express on weekends including:

  • September 18th
  • September 22nd
  • October 12th

Each weekend will also feature LIVE bands and dance troupes by performers such as The Express Band.

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20th Annual Run for the Grizzlies

Gain some “beary” thankful beneficiaries by participating in the 20th nnual Run for The Grizzlies on September 12th.  Hosted by the Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, this motorcycle ride includes seven “Poker Run” stops, raffles, music, food and more!

Big Bear International Film Festival

The weekend of September 18th at Big Bear Lake is all about the silver screen with the 15th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival.   Catch a movie under the stars or just the starts themselves during one of the many film screenings, or attend one of the insightful panels.

Big Bear Lake Troutfest

Test your angling skills at Troutfest on October 3rd – October 4th for a chance at reeling in the prized catch-of-the-day  or taking home big ticket raffle prizes including a 16-foot Klamath boat. The prizes will be divided into categories for men, women and kids, and you’re in luck because Big Bear Lake is stocked with rainbow trout for plentiful catches.

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Halloween at Big Bear Lake

Celebrate the end of Oktoberfest with Halloween Weekend on Saturday, October 31st! Final events will include a costume contest, so don’t forget to pack your costume before you stay at Big Bear Frontier.

Take the entire family to the Boo in the Zoo from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Then, head to the Village along the San Bernardino Mountains from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Halloween trick-or-treating for kids in the Village.

Fall Fun at Big Bear Frontier

With so much fall fun in store, why wouldn’t you visit Big Bear for Oktoberfest? Don’t forget to stay  until October 11th! Get 25% OFF any two nights from Friday – Sunday when you book online reservations with promo code: OCTFEST two nights – Friday through Sunday throughout Oktoberfest.

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We hope to see you for our favorite season! For local news, resort info, weather updates and travel deals, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Why California is the ‘Most Dog Happy State’

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California is a sought after travel destination among celebrities, surfers, wine sippers, adventure seekers and, now, the very hairy, four-legged loves of our lives — our dogs. Ranked as the “Most Dog Happy State” for 2015, California is the perfect place … Continue reading

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Safe from the Summit Fire

The Big Bear Frontier resort remains unscathed by the Summit Fire that started yesterday, south of Big Bear Lake, CA. Currently, the fire is 50 percent contained with zero issues of smoke in the area.

The fire started yesterday around 12:25 p.m. near two forest service roads, located about a mile west of Snow Summit Mountain Resort and a half-mile south of Big Bear Elementary School. According to a report by Press Enterprise, smoke plumed as flames burned through dry vegetation in the San Bernardino National Forest.  As of 10:20 p.m., the fire had burned 100 acres — with no growth since about 5:30 — and crews had dug containment lines around 30 percent of the perimeter.

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Photo of the Summit Fire taken on Sunday by Big Bear Frontier Management

Current Conditions

“Today, things seem to be cooling down,” said Forest Service spokesman Chon Bribiescas, as reported by Press Enterprise at 10:08 a.m. on Monday, August 24th.

Bribiescas attributed the 20 percent boost in containment to the heavy use of tankers and helicopters dropping retardant over burning areas.

Fire Updates & Guest Information

For immediate news and photo updates, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions or photos, please Tweet us at and use hashtag #BigBearFrontier.

Guests with reservations can also contact the front desk at (800) 798-3960.

Evacuation Information

Evacuations and road closures should not be ignored. Below are the current evacuations reported in causation of the Summit Fire.

Mandatory Evacuations include areas from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south of Pennsylvania Road to the forest boundary.

Voluntary evacuations include areas south of Brownie Lane, east of Thrush Drive, north of Switzerland Drive, and west of Summit Blvd. An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the Big Bear Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd, City of Big Bear Lake.

An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the Big Bear Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd, City of Big Bear Lake. Small animals may be taken to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter (Devore) located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, for questions call 909-386-9820.

Contact Us

We look forward to seeing you safe at the lake! Contact us with questions and reservation inquires at (800) 798-3960.

All of this. All summer long. When can we expect you?

Summer on Big Bear Lake, CA.

Join the conversation about upcoming events, specials on accommodations and weather conditions in the Big Bear Lake area by following us on Twitter and Facebook.


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Big Bear Yoga Festival

Relax and meditate at the Big Bear Yoga Festival on Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd this weekend at the YMCA Camp Oakes. This activity is perfect for  all ages ages and fitness levels, so bring your friends and family along!

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Don’t have a place to lay your yoga mat for the night yet?  Contact us at Big Bear Frontier and stay in one of our comfortable rooms or tranquil cabins.   

What is the Big Bear Yoga Festival?

It’s a weekend where yoga beginners and experts alike can experience yoga in its fullest from breathing basics to certification classes.  Attendees can wander through vendor booths promoting wellness and all-natural items, reflect in a guided meditation course, or attend one of the insightful lectures with topics such as essentials oils or aromatherapy.

Festival Dining Options

The Big Bear Yoga Festival features meals either purchased via a day package or individually, and food vendors are on-site as well.  Do be advised, however, that all meals at the festival are either vegetarian or vegan.  The Village offers a variety of restaurants, as well, if you wish to leave the festival for meals.

Other Event Activities

In addition to stretching your yoga skills, the weekend features a plethora of musical activities, as well as daily bicycle rides on Big Bear Mountain.

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The Black Light Yoga Rave

Many classes feature live music throughout, and, for rhythmically inclined persons, workshops that teach drumming or other instruments are popular.  The Black Light Yoga Rave, features a live DJ spinning out beats for an uplifting evening yoga experience.

Group Bicycle Rides

Don’t forget your bike for the weekend.  The Yoga Festival has a daily ride through the hills surrounding beautiful Big Bear Lake, or you can venture out on your own for personal reflection time.  Don’t fret if your mode of transportation doesn’t allow space for your cycle, Big Bear Lake has many vendors that rent.

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Big Bear Yoga Festival Tickets

Are you ready to sign up?  The festival offers ticket purchasing online or at the festival doors.  A variety of ticket options are available; there is something for every budget.

The weekend is sure to be enlightening and a hit among everyone who attends, but if you cannot make the festival there are many ways to experience yoga on your own during your next stay at Big Bear Lake.

Paddle Board Yoga

Have you tried SUP yoga?  It’s one of the many ways our guests enjoy SUP’s around the lake.  Trying to balance and incorporate yoga into your SUP experience engages your core muscles greater than yoga on a hard surface.


Try some basic poses next time you’re out on the lake, you may be surprised at what an enjoyable workout you can have.

Accommodations for Yoga Lovers

Big Bear Lake is also home to two facilities featuring yoga classes in case your Big Bear Lake weekend retreat lands on a weekend outside of the festival dates:  Big Bear Yoga and Wolf Total Fitness.

If you’re looking for a weekend to unwind, be sure to reserve your stay with us at Big Bear Frontier and enjoy all the festival has to offer.  We look forward to seeing you.

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Lightning Safety at Big Bear

We love being outdoors, but know that being safe outdoors takes actively monitoring your surroundings. This is especially true when we’re dealing with thunderstorms that produce lightning.

Beautiful but deadly, the National Weather Service states lightning took the lives of 21 people so far this year.  One of those lives was lost here in California.

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Southern California Wildfires and Lightning

Many times we think of wildfires when we couple lightning and California.  In 2014 the National Interagency Fire Center reported over 250 wildfires in Southern California started from lightning strikes.  This is relatively low in comparison to other parts of the United States; However, according to the agency’s figures, the highest percentage of lightning-caused wildfires centers around the Southwest region, defined by most of Arizona, New Mexico, and portions of Texas and Oklahoma.

Be Boat Safe in a Lightning Storm

The main concern with lightning is personal safety.  According to the National Weather Service, the majority of lightning deaths happened during leisure activities, the largest percentage of those being water-related activities such as fishing and boating.

Family Safety on Big Bear Lake

How can you and your family stay safe?  If thunderstorms are predicted, choose another activity such as relaxing at a day spa or browsing the unique shops in Big Bear Village.   Sometimes, even with our best planning, storms can pop up unexpectedly.  If you are within shore distance, the best course of action is getting to shore as quickly as possible. If this isn’t possible, remember these tips:

  • If your boat has an interior cabin, stay inside for the duration of the storm.
  • Stay away from metal objects as much as possible such as a steering wheel, railing, or awning poles.
  • Sit low in the center of the boat. Do not lie down; you want to minimize your contact with the boat’s surface.
  • Lower your VHF antenna and do not use it for the duration of the storm. Exceptions are if you have a handheld VHF or in an emergency.

Lightning strikes to boats are rare, but they do happen.  If your craft is struck first check the people in your boat.  If everyone is ok then check your boat for any leaks or fire.  After the storm, have a professional thoroughly check your boat for damage.

Be Trail Safe in a Lightning Storm

If you get stuck on the trail during a storm the best advice is to keep going until you reach the safety of a vehicle or building. Campers should be warned that a tent is not adequate shelter for a lightning storm. Here are a few more DOs and DON’Ts for lightning safety on the trails:

  • DO Avoid open areas such as fields or water, and head to lower ground such as a valley or ravine.
  • DON’T lie down.
  • DO sit or crouch with your head tucked.
  • DON’T take shelter under a tall tree, especially if it is the lone tree in an area.  Lightning may strike the tree and could “side splash” or cause a ground current to you.
  • DO seek out several smaller trees around taller ones when stuck in heavily wooded areas.
  • DON’T crouch or sit near each other when traveling in a group. Maintain a distance of several yards.

The best course of action for staying safe during thunderstorms is not to venture out until the storm has passed.  With resources like Ben’s Weather, you won’t have trouble finding the perfect time to venture out whizzing around the lake on a jet ski or on foot to conquer Pine Knot Trail.

Are you ready for your next adventure?  Make your reservation today at Big Bear Frontier.

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The Big Bear Renaissance Faire

The summer fun on Big Bear Lake continues on into the first three weekends of August with the  Big Bear Renaissance Faire, starting Saturday, August 1st.  Festivities will take place on Saturday and Sunday with food, entertainment and historical activities for the whole family to enjoy.

If you plan to attend and need a temporary chateau for one or all of the weekends, you can always find a comfortable space to hang your crown at the end of the day here at Big Bear Frontier.

Event Activities & Entertainment

You will find endless activities for all ages at this fun and cultural event! In fact, you might not know where to begin.

Knight Jousting

We suggest you start by meeting the knights by heading over to the Warriors Table at 11:30 a.m. Then you can watch them joust by heading over to the area from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Not for the faint in heart, festival knights decked out in shining armor harness the original horse power to speed towards opponents with full-sized wooden lances ready to claim victory in name of the Queen.

LIVE Acts & Pirate Entertainment

Not exactly your cup of mead? Head over with the family to the Great Square for good, old-fashioned fun. The square is where you’ll find a variety of entertainment acts, just watch out for the pirates! The high seas threat will be especially great the weekend of August 15th – 16th for Pirates Weekend.

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Activities & Entertainment for Kids

Travelling with little ones? You’ll find six stages full of entertainment options in the Enchanted Shire. Look for the Children’s Stage where you will find all-day age appropriate entertainment including:

Next, make your way over to the Traveler’s Stage for The Gypsy Magic Show. Promising clean fun for all ages, you’ll be delighted as Ciran the Gypsy Magician wows the audience with his interactive tricks and illusions.

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Also experience the NEW Castle Maze, complete with giant slide for a fun finish! The second and third weekends in August will feature a wave of new games for all ages to enjoy, as well.

Afternoon Tea with the Queen

Want to have your own royal experience?  Buy a ticket for only$10 and join Queen Anne Bolynn for tea at 4 p.m.  You’ll be able to rub elbows with the Queen and other visiting medieval celebs while enjoying a feudal bite to eat.

The Bawdy Juggler & LIVE Music

For the adults in the group, make sure you catch The Bawdy Juggler.  The act mixes hilarious banter and amazing juggling feats.  If music is what you fancy for the day, the festival will be full of acts such as the singing pirates of Joust Kidding and Cutthroat Reef.

If you consider yourself a sophisticated steam punk, then make sure you attend the second weekend for Time Travelers weekend.

Big Bear Renaissance Faire Vendors & Shopping

There are merchant booths galore, too many to explore at this year’s Renaissance Faire.   One notable booth has a very local vibe.  You can relive the experience this winter after hitting the ski slopes with a cup of tea from Mountain Witch Tea Company.  You may have experienced the company’s refreshing iced teas at the Big Bear Chili Cook-Off.

Make sure you seek out a collectible 2015 Big Bear Ren Faire pin before they’re all gone and stop in at the many clothiers to find your official Renaissance garb.  If jewelry is what you’re seeking, you certainly won’t be disappointed.  Several vendors offer unique, hand-made items perfect for the statement piece you were missing.

Food Trucks & Dining at Big Bear Renaissance Faire

You won’t be discontented in the food offerings at the Faire! Indulge in tasty medieval-style cuisine like bratwursts and roasted turkey legs at the Boar’s Head Inn, plus, delicious crepes and more from Pirate Apparel.

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Looking for something sweet? Check out Tempting Tarts for authentic French pastries and other baked confections.

Event Accommodations 

We are so excited about this upcoming event and would love to share our excitement with you.  Contact us today for a reservation.

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Big Bear Cycling Festival

This summer is jam-packed with events at Big Bear Lake!  The Big Bear Cycling Festival spins off on Friday, July 24th for a week of exciting cycling action throughout the San Bernardino Mountains.

The exciting Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100 Races races officially start on July 25th, followed by the Tour de Big Bear cycling race on August 1st.

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Need somewhere to stay?  Our spacious cabins and hotel rooms are perfect for you and your gear. Contact us today.

MTB Gran Fondo at Big Bear Lake

The MTB Gran Fondo consists of five race courses ranging in distances from 20K up to 100K. There is a race for all cycling and fitness levels.

20K Sky View Race

The Sky View 20k starts with a ski lift ride up the hill then a rolling, scenic ride down to the finish.  This race is geared for family fun with only minor technicality.

30k Ridgeline Race

Taking it up a notch, more experienced riders can enjoy the 30k Ridgeline Race. Remember to hill train on for one; it’s only 10k more than the Sky View but you have to bike yourself up.

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50K Sky View Race

The next step up is the 50K Skyline course.  The Skyline may be longer but it does have its benefits—it doesn’t include the massive uphill trek of the Ridgeline.  This isn’t a race for beginners as it does command endurance and technical skills.

70K Over the Top

Are you ready for a bigger challenge?  Then hit the trails for the 70K Over the Top. Only for experienced riders, this course takes you over extreme twists and turns, rocky ledges, and steep inclines.

100K Terrible 10,000

Are you really ready to push yourself but not ready to make a competition out of it? Then try the 100K Terrible 10,000. This is the exact same course as the Grizzly 100 Race, however, you can take this at your pace. What is the Terrible 10,000?  It refers to the 10,000 feet of climbing awaiting you on the course.

Grizzly 100 Race at Big Bear Lake

Think you can handle the Terrible 10,000 but want that added edge of a competitive race?  Then the Grizzly 100 National Ultra Endurance Race is for you.

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Competition is intense for this feat as the race draws in some of the best mountain biking talent from the globe to make the 100k route through the San Bernardino Mountains and up that dreaded 10,000 foot vertical climb.

Prizes are awarded for Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters, and Single Speed groups.

Tour de Big Bear

The Tour de Big Bear features 4 lengths, from 25K to 100K, all requiring moderate to extremely challenging climbs at high altitudes. Several Altitude Acclimation Rides are offered throughout the week at the Big Bear Cycling Festival to help riders prepare for the races and are strongly encouraged for participants.  As an added bonus, registrants for the Tour de Big Bear are also registered for the:

  • Poker Ride
  • Time Trial
  • Recovery Ride

Recreational Biking

Big Bear Lake’s scenic trails aren’t only for the racer in your family. Recreational biking is a popular activity for guests and residents alike. Don’t have your own ride or can’t fit it into the overhead compartment on the plane ride over? Bear Valley Bikes rents full biking gear and bikes and can service your ride if you need assistance.

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Check out Big Bear Lake Kayak Rentals or Paddles and Pedals for the one-stop-shop experience for all of your cycling and water sports rental needs.

Excursion Rentals

Looking for an excursion with an expert? Stop by Potter’s Mtn. Sports, Bike Tours & Rentals. They’ll rent you a ride that you can head off on your own, or on one of their guided tours.

Big Bear Frontier looks forward to seeing you for the Big Bear Cycling Festival or on your next relaxing cycling vacation.  Are you ready to start planning your next adventure?  Start with us.

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The 8th Annual PaddleFest

Join us for the  8th Annual Big Bear PaddleFest​ on Saturday, July 18th at 7 a.m. on Big Bear Lake for competitive races and water activities on paddle crafts including:

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)

Spectators and participants are invited to celebrate this seasonal event with a big ole’ beach bash on the lake at Big Bear Frontier! Stay with us in our spacious lakeside cabins and cozy mountain view hotel accommodations. Available for this can’t-miss summertime event.

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Register & Participate in PaddleFest

If you plan on participating in PaddleFest, registration begins on the day of the event at 6 a.m. or you can register online to receive a race swag bag stuffed with exclusive goodies! Registration includes your vessel lake permit.

All participants must bring a paddle craft and complete a Quagga Mussel Inspection. If you do not have your own paddle craft but would like to participate, you can book a rental.

The PaddleFest Races

There are races for all ages and skill levels. Participants can choose to participate in a 20K, 10K or 5K. Everyone is a winner at this event!

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The 20K 

For those who are experienced paddlers or who are looking to break a serious sweat can look forward to paddling the 20K course that starts at The Pines Lakefront and winds around the scenic Big Bear Lake.

The 10K

Not sure you are up for that kind of challenge? Paddle your way to victory in the 10K, which also starts at The Pines Lakefront, winds east towards the Stanfield Cutoff and ends back west on The Pines Lakefront shore.

The 5K

Are you looking for a recreational rush of fun? Register for the 5K, but be sure to practice those turns because this race is set on technical course that takes you back and fourth, between floating markers on the lake!

SUP PaddleFest Activities

If long distance races and trail paddling aren’t your forte, sign up for a SUP PaddleFest Activity including:

  • SUP Yoga
  • Relay Races
  • Paddling Clinics


The paddling clinics are great for novice paddlers who want to prefect there turning abilities and those who would like to try paddle boarding for the first time. There are two sessions:

  • Adults (ages 15 & up) at 11 a.m.
  • Kids (ages 8-15) at 1 p.m.

Family Fun at PaddleFest

And why not make the day a family affair?  The kids can participate in Kids Fun Race for ages 5-12 and the Kids Bear Challenge Race for SUP’s under 12’6″ in length. Age categories include:

  • Ages 8 & under
  • Ages 9-11
  • Ages 12-14
  • Ages 15-17

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Beach Party & Vendor Expo

For those that just want to hang out together and enjoy the fun be sure to attend the Beach Party, which kicks off after the awards ceremony. Enjoy great food, beer and even horseshoes while listening to music on the beach at Big Bear Lake.

You also don’t want to miss the Vendor Expo, featuring some of the top outdoor sporting and fitness retailers and supporters!

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Stay at the Lake

We can’t wait to experience yet another great summer event with you.  Reserve your stay with us today, and we’ll see you at the races!

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