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Big Bear Discovery Center Your Gateway to Adventure and Discovery!


The Discovery Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. This nearby mountain retreat is a one- to three-hour drive from anywhere in Southern California. The Center’s goal is to heighten the public’s awareness on becoming a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most recreated forestland.

The Discovering Center offers additional services including:

  • Adventure Passes
  • Hiking & Biking Maps
  • Camping Information
  • Maps of Forest Roads & Off-highway Vehicle Adventures
  • Forest Service Permits
  • Naturalist-led Tours and Interpretive Programs
  • Environmental Education ~ School & Scout groups
  • Adventure Outpost ~ nature-themed gift store

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Big Bear Oktoberfest 2012

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California’s #1 Oktoberfest Kicks Off September 15th

If you don’t have any plans yet and want an excuse to get out of town. This is a perfect time to visit the Snow Lake Lodge in Big Bear Lake, California as the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is happening this weekend.

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 42 years of German style family fun and good times this year.  It officially kicks off on September 15th and runs until October 27th.

Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall’s festival offers authentic German entertainment, food and beer!

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest provides an excuse to enjoy a weekend away from the stress and obligations of everyday life in a beautiful alpine setting. The festival takes place high in the San Bernardino mountains, approximately two hours away from the greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego communities.

Pre-purchased tickets for the 42nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest are now on sale!  Pre-purchase adult or senior tickets for the first two weekends (Sept. 15 & 16 and Sept. 22 & 23) by Sept. 12th and save $2.00 off of admission!

New This Year
We’ve been working diligently over the summer to offer our guests an even better experience than in years past.  We’ve added an outdoor contest stage with new contests, a third outside bier station for the Peak Weekends, and expanded outdoor seating.  Our new express ticketing system will allow guests who pre-purchased tickets expedited entry.  You’ve asked for it – the Burgermeister Party Pack on steroids – check out the new Uber Burgermeister Party Pack – only available on line! 

Express Tickteting System:
Be sure to Pre-purchase your Oktoberfest tickets this year and get expedited entry into the event.  Guests with pre-purchased tickets receive “Priority Entry”.  Pre-purchased tickets will be limited this year, so shop early!! 

Über Burgermister Party Pack:
This is the ultimate in Oktoberfest fun.  The Über Burgermeister Party Pack includes a one liter Oktoberfest stein, four beer tickets, a German meal, admission and, of course, party beads all for only $75.00. 

New Contest and Expanded Bier Gartens
Guests this year will enjoy a new contest – the Shoot ‘N Yodel!  Think you can yodel?  Then step-up, take a quick shot of Jagermeister and give us your best yodel.  The Shoot n’ Yodel will take place on the new outdoor stage on Saturday evenings.
We’ve once again expanded our Bier Gartens with even more seating and on Peak Weekends, will offer a third outside Bier Garten with seating! 

Special Dates To Remember:
American Heroes Weekend. September 15th & 16th 2012 Join us as we celebrate all those American Heroes who put their lives on the line to help keep our Freedoms! Admission is FREE for all Past & Present military, law enforcement and fire fighters and their immediate families. 

Local’s Night, October 5th 2012
We thank all of our friends and neighbors in the Big Bear Valley for their ongoing Support. Admission is only $5.00 for adults and seniors and FREE for children 12 and under.  All admission proceeds will go to benefit the North Shore Christian Pre-School.  New this year, bring two non perishable food items and get $2.00 off of Local’s Night admission.  All food items will be donated to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. 

German Spooktacular
The festival closes on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 9:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.

The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake (909) 585-3000

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Chili Cook Off

If you are here visiting us on July 14, you do not want to miss the 2012 Big Bear Old Miners Association International Chili Society sanctioned Chili Cook Off and Country Jamboree! From 10:00am to 5:00pm, the appealing aroma of chili will be filling the Convention Center, and making your mouth water.
This event is free to attend, however, if you want to taste all the delicious home cookin’ of these contestants, it is only $3 per person for a tastin’ kit. Wyatt’s Restaurant in the Convention Center will also be open, in case the picky eaters in your family don’t want chili.
Think your chili is the best there is? You can still grab an application to compete! There are 3 categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde, and Homemade Salsa. You never know…you might just win!
“For the young at heart, the Old Miners Association is offering its second annual Carnival with rides and games from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day at the same location. Presale tickets for the Carnival are now on sale for $15 weekdays and $25 weekends and special occasions. Once the event begins, tickets will be $25 weekdays and $35 weekends. For tickets, visit and click on the spinning Ferris Wheel.”
Then, to end a fun filled day, see Brent Payne and Dakota in concert at 7:00pm, for only $10 a ticket! In the past, Brent Payne has opened for some big name stars like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and Randy Travis.
The day is filled with options that everyone in the family will enjoy!
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4th of July, 2012

Only a few weeks away, it is time to start planning your 4th of July celebration. This is a day to honor the birthday of the United States, and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, 236 years ago. What would an Independence Day celebration be without a picnic and an amazing firework show with family and friends?
Of course, we here at the Snow Lake Lodge will be having a 4th of July BBQ for all of our guests, and we would be happy to see you all there! However, if you are looking for other celebrations as well, here are some options:

  1. “The Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and Barbeque at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive. This event will take place from 4:30-7:30 on Wednesday, 7/4/12. Different meal options are available for purchase, from Pizza meals, to Rib Eye steaks. There are also VIP tickets available that include the meal and reserved seating. For kids, 10 and under, there is No Food, View Only tickets available also. There will be live entertainment and kids games before the Fireworks start. Tickets can be purchased at Bear City Glass (909) 585-2037, Sotheby’s (909) 878-4214, Shelli’s Hallmark (909) 866-4882 or at Marina Resort (909) 866-5000. NO Ice Chests , NO Alcohol, NO Pets.” More info :
  2. “Come attend the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in Southern California. The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake directly off of Pine Knot Landing. Fireworks begin between 8:45-9:15pm. Viewable from any of our public parks or the best spot, from a boat on the Lake. Make sure to bring a jacket or blanket because it can get cold. For more information call 909.866.4607.”
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Challenge the Bear – Big Bear Paddle Fest

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Looking to try something new this summer? Or maybe just want to meet new people? Then come on out for the Big Bear Paddle Fest! This fun filled weekend is an annual event that has grown in size each year. It’s all about paddling! From kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing, for beginners and advance alike, there is something for you! You can take clinics to teach you the basics, or just freshen up on your techniques. There will be a 5K, 10K & 20K race, and of course, don’t forget the kids fun race also. In between races, don’t forget to check out all the vendor booths with athletic equipment, clothing, and even health food. The prices for entry are very reasonable, and you get a goodie bag filled with an assortment of goodies from the sponsors and vendors. You can even get a four race combo pack for one small rate! Check it out, and register soon.
When: July 7-8, 2012
Registration and Mandatory Quagga mussel inspection at 6:30AM

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Lions & Tigers & Bears….

…Oh My!
Have you taken a day trip to the Moonridge Animal Park while visiting us? If not, you should, it is quite the experience. Moonridge is a smaller zoo, with approximately 160 animals, representing around 80 species. These animals have been given a “Home for Life”, after being rescued from an assortment of situations.
The Moonridge Animal Park came to life in 1959 after devastating fires ripped though the mountains, injuring many animals, and destroying their homes. Unfortunately, for some of those animals, returning to the wild was not an option, and Moonridge was bonzaideveloped. Since then, they have continued to grow. “Primarily a zoological facility, Moonridge Animal Park also is a fully licensed, designated care and rehabilitation facility for injured or confiscated animals. Annually, at least 200 injured wild birds and animals are treated here. Over the years, thousands of injured, orphaned, or behaviorally handicapped wildlife have come to Moonridge Animal Park. The majority of animals rehabilitated at the Park have been successfully released to the wild.”
You can even adopt a pet for $25. That money helps feed the animals and give them a “Home for Life”. You leave with your very own photo of the animal, and a fact sheet about it.
So take some time out of your day, and head on down, for a truly unique experience. The memories that are made after seeing these animals as up close as you do, is something to remember for a lifetime.
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Trash Into Treasure

Imagine, you pick up a pretty vase, or an antique step stool, decide to get it appraised and learn that you got an extreme discount on a valuable piece of history?! Well the Big Bear Yard Sale weekend is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to shop ’til you drop, turning other people’s trash into treasures!
“Mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend. While the whole country celebrates with picnics and parades, Big Bear Lake celebrates with yard sales, antique markets and craft shows. Memorial Day weekend is by far the biggest yard sale weekend with locals clearing out their closets and putting their trash to treasure on the market in their driveways or yards. Both Memorial Day and July 4th weekends find the Elks club opening their doors for their annual Peddlers Market Antiques and Collectibles Show. Each of the holiday weekends brings a large craft show to the Convention Center as well.” –

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Snowy White Valtentine’s Day

Although red and pink are the color of February, Snow Lake Lodge saw mostly glistening snow white covered grounds! What could be a more romantic way to spend the Valentine’s Day weekend, cuddled up with your significant other in front of the fireplace, watching the snow dancing down from the sky through your window? We hope that many of you got to enjoy the special weekend together and with such amazing views…but in case you didn’t, we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy!

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Polar Plunge – Freezin’ for a Reason

Take the Polar Plunge, and help to raise a $20,000 goal benefiting the Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region! Participants of the Polar Plunge will race into the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake. Each Plunger sets their personal goal of how deep they want to go, from just ankles wet, to going in all the way. Be invigorated like never before!
Individuals who take the Polar Plunge challenge are asked to raise at least $50 through pledges from family, friends and co-workers. Participants who reach this goal will get an official Polar Plunge t-shirt. Special Olympics supporters who prefer to stay out of the water can opt to register as a “Chicken.” They receive an “I’m too Chicken to Plunge” t-shirt, which helps raise money for the Special Olympics charity. Additional prizes are given to people who raise more than $50, and also for those with the most creative costumes. “All it takes is a few seconds in the chilly water for plungers to discover why we refer to it as Freezin’ for a Reason,” said Special Olympics Southern California Regional Director Abbey Leffler. “They will immediately feel their hearts warm-up with joy because they know they are giving to a great cause. Nothing is too cold for a warm heart!”
Where: Swim Beach, 41218 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
When: Saturday, March 10th, 2012. Registration begins at 10:00am. Actual Plunge is at Noon.
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Tips to Avoid Fraud

1) Recognize it. Report it. Fraud by telephone, Internet and mail is a very serious issue. If a telemarketer has contacted you or if you have been defrauded, consider contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at or call 1.877.FTC.HELP.
2) You have a choice about receiving telemarketing calls. Please consider registering your telephone numbers, including wireless numbers, on the national “Do-Not-Call” Registry. To register call 1.888.382.1222. You must call from the telephone number you wish to register or register online at
3) Ask for the name of the company, and the city and state they do business in. Verify information through the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division in that state. It is generally a toll-free number. In addition, we recommend you consider the following:
a. Never pay “upfront” fees to anyone offering to sell your timeshare;
b. Nevergive your credit card number or other personal information to strangers; and,
c. Never be afraid to ask a lot questions.

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