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Big Bear is home to a diverse range of exciting outdoor recreation, from snowboarding and skiing during the winter months to water-based activities like boating and kayaking during the summer.
Few experiences parallel that of taking to the water on a kayak, embarking on a journey of strength and discovery, propelled only by your own reserves and an intense desire to see the water-bound world around you for yourself firsthand. Grab life by the paddle and see what Big Bear kayaking locales have to offer during your time here!

Helpful Hints for Kayaking in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is the most renowned place to kayak in Big Bear because of its calm water, mysterious shoreline coves, and the picturesque backdrop of dense forests and stark mountain peaks. Bird watching and fishing are also popular pastimes that many kayakers engage in during their water-bound excursions.
All along the shores of Big Bear Lake, you’ll encounter a variety of marinas where you can rent out kayaks, purchase equipment, and push off from the shore. On the northern shore of the lake, there’s Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina, which offers one and two-person, or tandem, kayaks ranging from $20 for a one-hour rental to $85 for an eight-hour rental. There’s also a Captain John’s Marina located on the southeastern end of the lake closer to downtown Big Bear.

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Other marinas and rental providers located around the lake with similar rates include Getboards Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals, Big Bear Marina, Big Bear Paddling, Paddles and Pedals, and Pine Knot Marina. If you already own your own kayak and gear, there are two public boat launches from which you can depart: one located west of Fawnskin, and one located east of the Stanfield cutoff.
Additionally, you’ll need to purchase a day-use permit (about $20) from either a public boat launch or a marina, and your kayak will need to undergo inspection for Quagga Mussels, which are considered an invasive species in North America. Once you’ve been cleared through inspection, you can start kayaking in Big Bear!

Big Bear Cabins – Your Gateway to Adventure

Big Bear kayak rentals are a great way to explore the beauty of the area, but they aren’t the only way. Learn more about the excitement that awaits you within the charming alpine town of Big Bear, California when you book your trip accommodations in one of the traditional mountain cabins that Big Bear vacations has available for your stay today!


Experience Package – Available with a Big Bear Vacations Cabin Rental

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Kayaking offers a peaceful way to take in the views around Big Bear Lake, maybe cast a fishing line out and relax by going as fast or slow as you’d like to paddle!  This is a great activity for people of all ages and ability.

Single Kayak – One Person
2 Hours – $35
Half Day ( 4 Hours ) – $59
Full Day ( 8 Hours ) – $89

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