Everything You Need to Know about Paddle Big Bear, the Big Bear Paddlefest

With so many outdoor activities to enjoy, adventurers flock to Big Bear. Whether you are looking to ski down the slopes in the winter or get out on the water during warm months, our area has it all. We even have festivals and events to celebrate it! Paddle Big Bear, also known as Big Bear Paddlefest, is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Whether you are looking to participate or watch, this race is fun for all!

Are you planning on being in Big Bear for Paddle Big Bear? You’ll probably want to know all the other great things there are to do in the area! Take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide to start planning your stay. In it, you’ll find outdoor activities, family-friendly excursions, date night ideas, and more. Enjoy!

About the Big Bear Paddlefest

Every year, both locals and visitors flock to Big Bear to partake in the Big Bear Paddlefest, also known as Paddle Big Bear. There are multiple adult races and a children’s race that take pace on Big Bear Lake. After the races, participants and viewers gather on the beach for a celebration party!

Registering for Big Bear Paddlefest

If you’re thinking about participating in Big Bear Paddlefest, we recommend pre-registering. If you register online before the event, your registration fee will be lower and you will get a free t-shirt! There are usually spots left to register on race day, but it is a little more expensive.

The Races at Big Bear Paddlefest

There are multiple adult races throughout the day at Big Bear Paddlefest. Participants can paddle the 20K race or opt for the shorter 10 and 5K courses. There are also paddleboard sprint races and a relay. If you have family members 12 years old and under, they can participate in the Kids Fun Race.

Big Bear Paddlefest Prizes

The top 3 racers in each category will get a custom wood-carved award designed and created especially for the Big Bear Paddlefest by Elevation Culture! Plus, the male and female winners of the 20K race will get the grand prize of $500.

On Land

After the races, viewers and participants are invited to enjoy the beach party back on land. Gather around for the winner celebration, then enjoy yourself! Tents are set up along the beach for demos and paddling gear. 21+ can enjoy the beer garden, and all can enjoy the local goodies offered! There is usually BBQ, tacos, coffee, and more.

Stay at Big Bear Lakefront Cabins

Stay with us at Big Bear Lakefront Cabins during the Big Bear Paddlefest! You can even indulge in a cabin right on the lake to be just moments away from all the festivities. Browse through our cozy cabins, then start planning your stay! With properties located all over Big Bear that range in size, we know we have the perfect accommodations for you. If you need any help, contact us and we can assist you. We look forward to seeing you!