Public Lake Access Points, Boat Ramps and Trails – Big Bear Lake

Public lake access points

Juniper Point

Meadow Park

Veteran’s Park

Boulder Bay Park

Rotary Pine Knot Park

Pine Oak Lane North Beach

Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District

Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve


City Trails

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

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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

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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.

Boat ramps in Big Bear


Inspections are required for all vessels, including hand-carry: SUP, Kayaks, Canoes, Float Tubes, etc. being used on our Lake unless they are banded with a BBMWD band. The inspection is required, the decontamination is only for vessels that FAIL INSPECTION, or is a WAKEBOARD BOAT WITH BALLAST TANKS/BAGS. Unless you fall under those two categories, you do not need a decontamination.(More information here.)


WEST RAMP – West Public Launch Ramp (Duane Boyer):

  • Open Daily: 6am -6pm

  • Motorized vessel & hand-carry inspections, lake use permit sales, banded-boats and launching.

  • NO DECONTAMINATIONS- IF YOU FAIL INSPECTION OR HAVE A WAKEBOARD BOAT- Call 909-866-5200 to make a mandatory appointment at East Ramp.


EAST RAMP – East Public Launch Ramp (Carol Morrison):

  • Open Daily: 7am -3pm

  • Vessel inspections both motorized and hand-carry & lake use permit sales.

  • Hand-Carry Launching ONLY.

  • DECONTAMINATIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Failed Inspection or Wakeboard Boats)-Call 909-866-5200 for an appointment.

  • Day Use Parking.


Pine Knot Marina – Pine Knot Marina-Boat Launch

(More information here!)

Big Bear Marina – Big Bear Marina-Boat Launch

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