With 22 miles of shoreline, Big Bear Lake is ideal for paddlers, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, outriggers, skulls and rowboats. The many bays, coves and inlets provide exploration adventures and wildlife expeditions. Depending on the season, the observant paddler will be able to see mallard ducks, bald eagles, great blue herons, and mud hens, as well as trout, bass and sunfish. You may even get a glimpse of a beaver.
Whether you rent a boat or board or bring your own and launch at one of the convenient public boat ramps, remember that the prevailing wind is from the dam. It is recommended to paddle up wind first. Be sure to consider this when finishing your tour of Big Bear Lake.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need a Big Bear Lake Boat Permit and Quagga/Zebra Mussel inspection or you will be ticketed! You can get this at the East or West Boat Ramps or at the Big Bear Municipal Water District office. Big Bear Lake Permits / Fees – Tel: (909) 866-5796