The Dock Boss

This video was made by a Norwegian company to raise an awareness around the dangers of intoxication and while operating a boat…some of us are better than others at pulling your boat into a dock so I got a kick out of this!

Water Levels for Big Bear Lake

Mallard Bay January 2018

With the low lake level and the lack of precipitation, I thought it would be good to give you a quick update.  I’ve been hearing a lot of inaccurate comments about our lake.  Things like….”it hasn’t been this bad since the 1960’s!” (not true).  It doesn’t look good right now but we’ve been here before and the lake will come back.  It might take longer than we would like but it will fill up.

We’re currently 14′ 10″ from being full according to the the Big Bear Municipal Water District.    In 2004, we were 17′ from being full.  The following year the lake completely filled up.  In 1992, the lake was down 13′ and completely filled up in 1993.  So, while it is a little depressing to see we must realize that the lake level fluctuates from year to year based on the amount of precipitation we get and some years are going to be better than others.

You can go on the MWD’s website and view the lake level as well as the monthly precipitation measurements.  Below is an example of the chart they provide to the public.  Going all the way back to 1884, on average February is the wettest month of the year (7.40), followed by January (7.07) and March (6.20).  So let’s hope for a wet February!



Lakefront Property Sold in 2017

With only 2 months to go, below is a list of lakefront homes that have sold on Big Bear Lake in 2017 to keep  you updated on the activity.  If you have any questions or if I can help in any way feel free to contact me at ( or 909-633-2558).

38948 Waterview $3,200,000; 5 bed, 3 bath, 4429 square foot home on a 74,052 square foot lot.  159 Days on Market.  Sold 9/16/2017
173 Knoll $3,000,000; 5 bed, 6 bath, 4,562 square feet built in 2008. 52 days on Market.  Sold 8/23/2017.
42042 Eagles Nest $2,300,000; 6 bed, 5 bath, 6119 square feet on a 19,801 square foot lot.  209 days on market.  Sold 10/10/2017
39403 Point $2,200,000; 6 bed, 6 bath, 4325 square feet on tip of Gilner Point. 99 days on market. Sold 10/31/2017
42012 Eagles Nest $2,100,000; 4 bed, 5 bath, 5254 square feet in the gated community of Eagles Knoll. 139 days on market. Sold 8/3/2017
38980 Waterview $1,530,000; 4 bed, 3 bath, 2678 square feet on a 14,938 square foot lot in North Estates. 56 days on market. Sold 7/28/2017.
135 Lagunita $1,425,000; 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 1901 square feet. 40 days on market. Sold 2/22/2017
39473 Lake $1,350,000; 4 bed, 5 bath, 2874 square feet on a 16,575 square foot lot. 10 days on market. Sold 6/16/2017.
212 S Eagle $1,200,000; 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2988 square feet built in 2014. 1340 days on market. Sold 10/13/2017.
136 Lake $1,150,000; 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3062 square foot remodeled home on Gilner Point. 147 days on market. Sold 8/24/2017
188 S Eagle $1,100,000; 4 bed, 4 bath, 3758 square feet in Eagle Point. 53 days on market. Sold 9/11/2017.
203 N Eureka $1,056,000; 3 bed, 4 bath, 2924 square feet for this 2 story Eagle Point Lakefront. 144 days on market. Sold 9/5/2017
40023 North Shore $999,900; 3 bed, 3 bath, 1976 square feet in Fawnskin. 423 days on market. Sold 10/20/2017
194 Round $980,000; 3 bed, 2 bath, 1892 square feet on a 11,786 square foot lot. 154 days on market. Sold 10/5/2017
40073 North Shore $950,000; 3 bed, 2 bath, 1430 square feet over in Fawnskin. 132 days on market. Sold 10/12/2017
38967 Bayview $860,000; 4 bed, 3 bath, 2433 square feet with 3 slip dock. 169 days on market. Sold 3/16/2017
743 Cove $730,000; 4 bed, 3 bath, 1719 square feet. 278 days on market. Sold 3/21/2017
40115 North Shore $700,000; 2 bed, 2 bath, 1650 square feet in Fawnskin. 46 days on market. Sold 9/29/2017
39475 North Shore $475,000; 3 bed, 2 bath, 1288 square feet in Fawnskin. Probate sale. 187 days on market. Sold 3/27/2017
40074 Lakeview $470,000; 4 bed, 2 bath, 1216 square feet in Mallard Bay. 2398 days on market. Sold 3/2/2017


Marinas and Public Launch Ramp Open for the Season in Big Bear

Big Bear Marina                                                                                                                             (500 Paine Court) 909-866-3218-

Captain John’s Marina                                                                                                          (39396 North Shore Drive) 909-866-6478

East & West Ramp Public Launch                                                                                   (41911 & 38925 North Shore Dr) 909-866-5200 & 909-866-2917

Holloway’s Marina & Pirate Ship                                                                                            (398 Edgemoor Rd) 909-866-5706

North Shore Landing                                                                                                             (38573 North Shore Dr) 909-878-4386

Pine Knot Marina                                                                                                                           (439 Pine Knot Ave) 909-866-7766

Pleasure Point Marina                                                                                                                (603 Landlock Landing Rd) 909-866-2455


Fishing Tournaments in Big Bear Lake for 2017

Fishing Tournaments in Big Bear Lake for 2017

April 1- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier  800-475-3166

May 6- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

May 20-21- Hall Family May Trout Classic 909-866-5796 

June 3-4- Fishin’ for $50k Trout Derby, Big Bear Visitors Bureau 800-424-4232

June 10- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

June 17-18- 14th Annual Carp Round-Up, Big Bear Municipal Water District 909-866-5796

July 15- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

Aug 12- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

Sept 9-10- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament of Champions 800-475-3166, Western Outdoor News Troutfest, 949-366-0248,


Return of Big Bear Fishing Tradition

Return of Big Bear Fishing Tradition by Big Bear Grizzly

Aaron Armstrong saw a need in 2016 and Big Bear anglers answered the call.  The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association was reborn and after a lengthy hiatus to help promote and revive fishing in Big Bear Lake.

“We feel it’s pretty important to bring the fishery back tot he way it was,” says John Cantrell, Big Bear Lake Fishing Association president.

The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association is focused on improving, maintaining and growing the sport of fishing on Big Bear Lake.  The organization is seeking interested members.  The next meeting of the association is 5:30pm Wednesday, March 15, at Denny’s Restaurant, 41196 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake.

Cantrell says the group will also bring back the Shoreline Cleanup event firmly run by Alan Sharp.  The Shoreline Cleanup is set for May 6 and 7.

“We have 40 members right now,” Cantrell says.  There is also a membership option called Tagged Fish Members Program.  So far there are 19 individual and business Tagged Fish members.  Prizes and tag fish numbers and winners will be posted on the association’s website throughout the season.

Membership fees and donations help make an impact on the lake with fish plants of fertile fish, which will reproduce and provide fish for years to come, Cantrell says.

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Big Bear Dam not at risk

Big Bear Dam

Municipal Water District officials are not concerned about an event similar to Oroville happening in Big Bear.   Below is an article from Natalie Williams of the Big Bear Grizzly.

Big Bear Dam not at risk

Unlike the damage, flooding and evacuations at the Oroville Dam in Northern California, the dam on Big Bear Lake is in good shape.

“As far as dam safety and issues and concerns of flooding, we’re about half capacity right now, so we have a long ways to go, ” said Mike Stephenson, general manager of the Big Bear Municipal Water District.  As of February 1`, the dam was 13 feet, 4 inches from full.

Stephenson said the Big Bear Lake dam is not at risk of experiencing issues similar to the Oroville Dam in Northern California.  The problems with Oroville Dam began February 7 after a large hole emerged in a spillway after the region experienced heavy rains.  Evacuations for at least 188,000 followed February 12 after there were concerns of the spillway failing, according to The Mercury News.

The Big Bear dam can withstand an 8.3-plus earthquake and 3 feet of water over the top, Stephenson said.

When water is released from the Big Bear dam, it takes nine hours to travel from the Big Bear dam to the Seven Oaks dam.  “Seven Oaks is double the capacity of Big Bear and can never be more than half full, so it can take the entire Big Bear Lake and hold it behind it,” Stephenson said.  If there were a breach, Seven Oaks would be able to successfully capture the water.  There are a few campgrounds near the path of the water, which are unoccupied during the winter months, so Stephenson said there’s really no risk or danger.

“Our capabilities for release are incredible,” Stephenson said.  “And if we got into a situation where we saw an impending storm, and we’re a foot or two from full, we certainly would start a release, kind of like what Oroville is doing right now with what’s going on up there.”

To help with the safety, the MWD bolted some rocks to the side of cliffs near the dam and conducted a routing study a few years ago to see if there were erosion or overtopping concerns.

“The routing study, what it does is it kind of models the water going over the top of the dam and what potentially kind of erosion, like what happened in Oroville, could create,” Stephenson said.  “And there were no concerns.”

The east side of the dam has experienced some spalling, or erosion, of the concrete, but the MWD said it is damage caused to the original 1-foot archways.  In 2005-06 the MWD added a 2-foot thick dam behind that dam, so it is secure, Stephenson said.  “Our dam right now is a big blob of concrete, it’s 32 feet, it’s pretty damn strong, there’s no fear of it failing,” he said.

The MWD also has an operations plan from its engineer, Mike Rogers of Montgomery.  Watson and Harza, which instructs the district that if there is 12 inches of predicted precipitation and the dam is a foot from full, water needs to be released, Stephenson said.

“We have a pretty robust plan as far as any issue,” Stephenson said.  “It’s kind of funny the last conversation I had with reporters was drought, now we’re talking flood and the dam breaks.  And that’s how these things come.  Right now we’re actually hoping we get some of that rain up north.”

The MWD dam has approval from its engineer and experiences bi-annual inspections from the Division of Safety of Dams for the state of California, Stephenson said.  Right now, Stephenson still hopes to receive additional precipitation.

We’re certainly not out of the woods yet as far as drought and low lake level,” Stephenson said.

Big Bear Municipal Water District hatches plan for Fish

Big Bear Municipal Water District hatches plan for Fish

by Natalie Williams of Big Bear Grizzly

The Big Bear Municipal Water District is considering opening it’s own fish hatchery.

The MWD purchases it’s trout from hatcheries, many of which are in Northern California and have been affected by the drought.  This altered the availability and price of the trout, board president John Eminger said.

After visiting the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery in Anchorage, Alaska, January 30 with four board members and two staff members, the Municipal Water District is considering moving forward with it’s own fish hatchery.

“We haven’t had a plan yet,” said Mike Stephenson, general manager of the MWD.  “We learned a lot.  We saw an identical facility to what we’re considering.  Again, it’s information only so we’re now trying to sit back down and hash out some ideas.”

The MWD developed an ad-hoc committee specific for the hatchery consisting of board members Bob Ludecke and Vince Smith.  The committee members will soon discuss their thoughts on the hatchery and then recommend how the district should proceed.  A date for that committee meeting has yet to be determined, though Stephenson expects it to be within the next month.

One potential location for the hatchery could be the former mobile home park next to the MWD office, Eminger said.

A timeline for completion is uncertain at this time, Stephenson said.  The MWD could receive the parts in-house within six months.  “It’s pretty preliminary to even get there yet,” he said.

Planning and environment work would need to be completed as well.  Stephenson said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not require them to complete California Environmental Quality Act paperwork, but the MWD will go through with the process anyway.