Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Big Bear is a high-altitude retreat from the sweltering cities of the valleys, and there is no place better than the water during the heat of summer. Southern California's favorite lake is in high demand, however, and there are only a few places to put your own boat in the water. There are two public boat launches, East and West, but these can become overcrowded during peak season. An alternative is Big Bear Marina.

You can launch your own boat from the marina ramp or rent motorboats, kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards. The convenient location in the center of town is hard to beat, with shops, restaurants, and hotels in close proximity. The marina also has its own store that stocks boating and fishing equipment. Launching from here is a good choice for families and vacationers with limited time to spend in Big Bear on a busy weekend because you can get full access to the lake with limited hassle and you don't need to bring your own boat.

Note: The marina launch fee ($10/launch) is in addition to the Lake Permit fee ($25 for registered vessels and $20 for non-registered vessels), which you can purchase at the marina. These fees include the Quagga Mussel inspection, which is required for all vessels on the lake.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Boat, kayak, and SUP rentals. Fishing tackle and general store.


No public boat access.


Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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