The City of Big Bear Lake owns, operates, and maintains three (3) beautiful parks within our City limits - Boulder Bay Park, Veteran's Park, and Rotary Park. All three of our parks are open to the public and are operated on a first come first serve, they cannot be booked for private events, however, the public is welcome to assemble in a large group at the park for a birthday or wedding if desired. Propane BBQs are permitted at City parks, but solid fuel BBQs (i.e. charcoal) are not permitted due to potential fire issues associated with improper hot charcoal disposal.
Community input is needed for potential park sites and recreational features. Click HERE for more information!
For information regarding non-City owned parks in the valley, please visit the Big Bear Parks & Recreation District webpage.
Boulder Bay | 39080 Big Bear Blvd - MAP
As you enter Big Bear Valley from Highway 18/330 Boulder Bay Park is one of the first sights you see. With a beautiful view, nestled among the boulders of Big Bear Lake, Boulder Bay Park offers picnic tables, a gazebo, open space, and meandering trail and restroom facilities.
Launch a human-powered, hand-carried vessel from the shoreline for a relaxing day on the lake at this location. Acceptable vessels include Stand Up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes following inspection and permitting from the Municipal Water District (MWD). Inspections and permits may be obtained from the MWD Office, the West and East boat launch ramps, or any commercial marina
Veteran's Park | 40870 Big Bear Boulevard - MAP
At the termination of the Knickerbocker Creek Trail looking across Big Bear Lake to the Discovery Center is a park echoing the Big Bear community’s dedication and respect to the members of our Armed Forces. As you enter Veteran’s Park through the Memorial Archway family markers serve as remembrances for former service members and the lakeside gazebo offers a location for reflection. Annually the Memorial Day Ceremony is held at Veteran’s Park.
Rotary Park | 40798 Big Bear Boulevard - MAP
Just outside Big Bear Village Rotary Park also offers views of Big Bear Lake, restroom facilities, benches and additionally has a playground area for children. Launching of human-powered or hand-carried vessels is also permitted along the Rotary Park shoreline.
The City of Big Bear Lake maintains three (3) trails within the City limits - Happy Hills Trail, Knickerbocker Trail, and Rathbun Creek Trail.
Happy Hills Trail
Happy Hills Trail is a 1,100 foot-long ADA accessible paved creek-side trail equipped with picnic areas and a restroom facility, conveniently located along the western edge of the Big Bear Lake Civic Center (39707 Big Bear Boulevard). A future goal of the City is to extend the Happy Hills Trail with the existing United States Forest Service (USFS) trails within the San Bernardino National Forest.
Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail
The Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail consists of a 1/2 mile long open-space that provides non-motorized access to the Village and the lakefront. The trail is a 2-lane paved bicycle path that offers a perfect mode of transportation throughout the Village.
Rathbun Creek Trail
The Rathbun Creek Trail is a high-priority project in the Big Bear Valley Pedestrian Bicycle Equestrian Master Plan (Adopted June 2013) and will hopefully encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation up to and through the Moonridge business corridor. This trail has been and will continue to be, constructed in multiple phases as an improved creek-side trail with picnic areas and multi-use facilities located along Rathbun Creek. At full build-out, the Rathbun Creek Trail will extend from the shore of Big Bear Lake to the San Bernardio National Forest.
For information regarding non-City owned trails in the valley, please visit the Southern California Mountains Foundation webpage.