While Northern California is better known for its mountainous terrain, Big Bear Lake shows that Southern California also has stunning mountain areas. Big Bear Lake is the largest recreational lake in Southern California, set alongside two major ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Big Bear is a hugely popular destination for skiers from Los Angeles and San Diego, but it is also very well-known for the summer excitement it offers.
Big Bear Lake has some of the best fishing of any lake in the state, famed for the trout, bass, and catfish that fill the water. It is also situated in the San Bernardino National Forest, with numerous top-notch hiking trails. Big Bear Lake is consistently filled up with hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers, depending on what time of year it is.