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bigbearlakesummerWet your appetite for fun! Big Bear Lake has it all – pontoon boating, sailing, power boating; windsurfing, sailboarding; wake-boarding, water-skiing, water-tubing; jet-skiing/wave runners; canoeing or kayaking, paddle boarding; boat tours and cruises…there is something for everyone! Boats and equipment can be rented at any one of the marinas that dot the lake’s 23 miles of shoreline. Marinas are open spring, summer and autumn. Private boat permits are required and can be purchased at any marina.

The lake is indeed top billing at the mountain resort. It is located right in the center of the action, which makes it the number one attraction in the summer months. Big Bear Lake attracts boaters of all walks of life. On any given weekend from May to October expect to see a variety of water vessels that are great for boating and leisure. Anglers enjoy taking a boat out to catch a selection of freshwater species, namely rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Some of the more popular types of boats for cruising around or trolling include pontoons and tripoons as well as aluminum fishing boats and bass boats. Many of these style boats will have white flags hanging near the boat’s stern. This doesn’t mean they are surrendering. Instead the white flag represents a fair warning to other boaters that they are trolling for rainbow trout and their line is nearby.

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Fun on Big Bear Lake!

Another great way to get a feel for the lake is to experience a boat with a little more flash and a little more pep. Some people prefer to speed it up a bit with high-powered motor boats. One of the top ways to have fun is to go waterskiing or wakeboarding behind a boat that is specialized for these favored aquatic sports. Also, water skis and wakeboards are not the only things to ride the wakes in Big Bear Lake. In fact, inner tubes are something that just about anyone can have a good time on. Just hold on to the tow rope and let it rip! With these types of boats it’s common to see a person on board holding an orange flag. This simply means a wakeboarder, skier or other type of swimmer is near the boat, better known as “skier down.” There are many ways to enjoy the lake from behind a boat, and there is no better place to get a feel for the excitement than in Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear has even taken wakeboarding and wakeskating to another level where a boat is not required. Big Bear now offers a cable wake park designed to help get beginners get their feet wet and learn the popular water sport.

Another way to get a rush on the water’s surface is with jet skis. Here riders hit full throttle on these jet-propelled watercraft to dart across the lake! This is the epitome of fun in the sun. Hit the rolling wakes and zip around the lake with fast-paced action! Jet skis come in different styles including Sea Doos, Yamaha Waverunners, and the classic Kawasaki Jetskis.

Lake10For a more relaxed pace, skippers of wind-powered vessels enjoy some of the best freshwater sailing in Southern California. Consistent mountain breezes provide just enough gust for Hobie Cats, windsurfers and sailboards.

Then of course there are many opportunities to poke around the lake paddling around. There are various personal watercrafts to explore Big Bear such as kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards. These smaller vessels are ideal for individuals that want to experience Big Bear Lake where larger boats cannot go. There are coves, bays and inlets perfect for paddling around.

Other fun things to consider for a good time are to fly a parasail high into the sky above the water. Also, Big Bear Lake offers a new thrilling way to get above the lake’s surface with the latest water craze called flyboarding.

Lake9If you are looking to relax and get a little history about the Lake and the Big Bear Valley, you can take one of our local boat tours – The Big Bear Queen, Miss Liberty, and our very own Pirate Ship are fun ways for the whole family to experience the lake.

What is all comes down to is Big Bear Lake has plenty of ways to either get into the action and get a little wet or take in the relaxed atmosphere and cruise around the lake in a boat. In spring, summer and fall it’s all about the lake, and the choices for aquatic fun are boundless.

Info provided by BigBear.com

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Yesterday I mused about dads and how it might be nice to surprise them with something really special this year for Father’s Day instead of getting them yet another tie. 😉 Well, today I will give you some ideas of what kind of fun you can have this weekend (and every summer/fall weekend) in Big Bear Lake. You will be amazed at how many different things to do there are in our little slice of heaven!

Don’t forget to check out our cabins at RSVacations.net! Rates are still at the off-season level (plus we still have specials!!), so there is no better time to treat Dad to a fun, mountain getaway!

 

Lake Activities

 

Fishing – He can bring gear to fish on his own, or you can treat him to a day with an expert fishing guide. Either way, he can grill up some fresh fish for dinner after a relaxing day of fishing!
Fish Big Bear

Boating – Pontoons, Fishing Boats, and Performance Boats – our local marinas have you covered for a day of fun out on the lake!waterskier
Big Bear Marina

Wakeboarding/Waterskiing/Tubing – Ready to get wet? No problem! Dad (and the rest of the family) will have a blast in the water!
Designated Wakesports

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddleboarding – If he likes to have fun and get a workout at the same time, there are plenty of places to rent these types of equipment.
Captain John’s Fawn Harbor

Parasailing – Perhaps Dad is an adrenaline junkie? Flying above the lake is sure to get his blood pumping!
Pine Knot Parasail

Jet-Skis/Wave-Runners – Everyone loves personal watercraft! Spend a few hours exploring the lake and have tons of fun, as well!
North Shore Landing

Lake Tours – Is he a history buff? Take Dad on a lake tour! We have two different tour boats – the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel and the ‘Time Bandit’ Pirate Ship.
Miss Liberty at Pine Knot Marina
Time Bandit Pirate Ship at Holloway’s Marina

 

Forest Activities

 

Sky Chair – The Sky Chair takes the work out of forest fun! Take a relaxing ride up the mountain, grab some lunch at the top, then hike, bike, or ride the chair back down.
Sky Chair at Snow Summit Resort

Mountain Biking – Big Bear has miles of trails, including fire roads and single-track. We also have the Snow Summit Bike Park which offers a variety of terrain for all levels ofSummitMountainBike dads!
Snow Summit Bike Park

Hiking – If Dad is a nature lover, a mountain hike is just the thing! Explore the forest and see all types of wildlife and vegetation.
Big Bear Discovery Center

Zipline/Tree Climbing – Adventure-seeking dads will love a zipline or tree climbing excursion where they can fly through the forest and over rocky canyons or rope climb one of our towering pines.
Action Tours

Horseback Riding – Does he love horses? Take him on a tour through the hills on horseback and view some gorgeous vistas.
Big Bear Equestrian Center
Baldwin Lake Stables

4 x 4 Off-Road Tours – Get off the beaten path and do some 4x4ing. Take an Off-Road Tour and give Dad a view of the back-country or let Dad do the driving on a self-drive tour. There are sunset tours, stargazer trips, and a few historical tours!
Big Bear Jeep Experience

Big Bear Off-Road Adventures

 

Around Town Activities

 

Helicopter Tours –  If Dad dreams of being in the air, this is the perfect way to tour the Big Bear Valley!
Helicopter Big Bear

golf in the mountains_0Golfing – He can enjoy the benefits of altitude on his swing and have a beautiful backdrop to play 9 holes at our local course.
Bear Mountain Golf Course

Alpine Slide/Water Slide – For the dad that just wants to have fun, a day at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain is a great way to cool off and have a blast!
Alpine & Water Slide at Magic Mountain

Go-Kart Racing – If he likes speed, take him to Big Bear Speedway and let him compete against the clock at up to 30 mph!
Big Bear Speedway

Escape Room or Scavenger Hunt – For dads that like to use their heads, try an escape room or scavenger hunt. Super fun!
Adventure Quest
Mountain Room Escapes

Bowling – Take him to the lanes for some indoor fun. Let him show of his bowling skills as he aims for 300!
Bowling Barn

Laser Tag/Arcade – Dad can recapture his youth at the Big Bear Funplex. All kinds of family fun in one place!
Big Bear Funplex

Zoo – If Dad is an animal lover, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is full of rescued animals that are local to our beautiful mountains.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Live Music/Nightlife – Take him out on the town and enjoy some live music and a variety of clubs and bars.
The Cave

 

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Do you like to paddle? This weekend brings the 8th Annual Paddle Fest to Big Bear Lake, Whether you prefer to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP), this is the event for you! Challenge yourself and others, get great exercise and have fun in this yearly event. See all the details below.

If you are looking for a great deal on a cabin for your stay, RS Vacations has you covered! We have just added summer specials to our website – 3 Nights for the Price of 2 OR 20% off a 2 Night Staycheck them out HERE. The savings will automatically apply when you book online at RSVacations.net. Book your perfect Big Bear Cabin today and get paddling!!

Ready to get your paddle on? The 8th annual Big Bear PaddleFest is held on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake, hosted by North Shore Trading Company. 5K Recreational Race, 10K Elite Race, 20K Around the Lake Challenge, Sprints and Relay Races. Music, Sports and Boating Expo and much more

For up to date information and complete schedule please go to www.bigbearpaddlefest.com.

Location: The Pines Lakefront at 350 Alden Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: (909) 866-3414 Website: www.openairbigbear.com or www.bigbearpaddlefest.com

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RS Vacations would like you to know that National Marina Day is Saturday, June 8, 2013.
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Whether cruising, fishing, sailing or water skiing, the boaters of Big Bear Lake, Fawnskin, and thousands of other water front communities across the United States know boating is the best family-friendly activity to get you outdoors and active! On June 8th your local Marina welcomes you to water on National Marina Day so you can experience the fun of boating first hand. Among the events planned are:
  • Boating Safety Class 9:00 and 11:00 AM
  • Quagga Muscle Information Class 10:00
  • Facility Tours All Day
  • Paddle Races 3:00 PM
  • Vendors 11:00 to 4:00
  • Live Music 12:00 to 4:00
  • Picnicking All Day
For more details on Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day celebrations call Captain Johns Fawn Harbor at 909-866-6478 or visit their website here.

RS Vacations has a wide variety of cabins available and we are now offering vacation packages that include kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard rentals. Visit us at www.RSVacations.net and click the ‘Specials’ Tag for more info! Book your Big Bear Vacation Cabin today and get out on the water!!

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