Take on Big Bear Lake by Canoe

Explore the wonders of Big Bear’s majestic alpine atmosphere on Big Bear Lake, where sparkling, serene waters are enveloped in a tranquil backdrop of striking mountain peaks and lush forests.

Big Bear canoeing is perhaps one of the best ways to experience the lake up-close, allowing you to enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings without loud motors and bringing you close enough to the water to see all sorts of wildlife.

Tips to Know Before You Go

First and foremost, Big Bear’s best canoeing spot is Big Bear Lake. Here, the water is calm and mostly protected from any wind that would make the water rough. It’s an ideal place to not only canoe and explore the coves that dot the shoreline, but also to fish for a variety of species, from trout to catfish. Bird-watching is also popular on Big Bear Lake, as the lake is located near an eagle refuge and also hosts species like ospreys, herons, and more. The refuge is inaccessible from the lake, but it means that you’re likely to see an eagle during your time on the water!

Before you take to the water, you’ll need to purchase a day-use permit from one of the many local marinas, Big Bear canoe rental providers, or public boat launches around Big Bear Lake. One-day permits cost $20, and can even be applied toward the purchase of a $50 seasonal permit for four-day use and beyond. If your trip will be shorter than four days or you won’t be spending that much time on the water, two-day and three-day permits can be purchased for $30 and $40, respectively.

Once you have your permit, you can rent out a canoe or bring your own canoe to a launching area for inspection for Quagga Mussels (an invasive species) and then launch. If you have your own canoe, there are public boat launches located along the northern shore of the lake, with one located half of a mile west of Fawnskin and the other situated a quarter mile west of the Stanfield cutoff. You can also launch from any of a number of marinas.

If you need to rent a canoe, marinas such as Captain John’s on both the northern and southern shores, as well as Pleasure Point Marina, Big Bear Marina, Holloway’s Marina, and Pine Knot Marina offer rentals and equipment. Rental providers not associated with marinas, such as Paddles and Pedals, are also a good choice. Prices are normally around $20 per hour for a one or two-person canoe in Big Bear.

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