Discover a hidden retreat centered in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains… a perfect getaway for a little rest and recreation. If you seek adventure and enjoy the outdoors, Big Bear is the perfect place for you. During the winter, enjoy skiing and snowboarding. After the snow melts, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and water skiing are popular. The Big Bear Recreational Facility is dedicated to providing affordable facilities for camping and lodging for active duty, retired military personnel, Reservists, DoD employees and their authorized family members.
Active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, DOD employees and authorized family members may make reservations for the Big Bear facility. Priorities apply. Authorized family members under the age of 18, other than spouse, may not reserve cabins or RV/campsites and may not occupy the facilities unless accompanied by the sponsor parent/spouse. The sponsor or spouse of sponsor whose name appears on the payment receipt must be present in the cabin or RV/campsite during the entire stay.
SUBLETTING IS PROHIBITED.
More than one sponsor’s name may appear on the payment receipt if requested at the time of payment.
- BBQ / FIRE RING AT EACH RV / CAMPSITE
- BBQ/PICNIC AREA OUTSIDE EACH CABIN
- BATHHOUSE – With hot showers and flushing toilets
- BICYCLING PATHS
- BOATS: Pontoon
- DISCOUNTS AT LOCAL TOURS & REC EVENTS
- FIREWOOD / FIRE STARTERS
- FIRE PIT (COMMUNITY)
- GAMES – Adult & children’s games – No cost to check out
- HIKING TRAILS TO SNOW SUMMIT
- KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF
- MARINE CORPS HIKING TRAIL
- MINI-MART – “OUT POST”
- MOVIES – Large selection of DVDs/VHS – No cost to check out
- PICNIC AREA (COMMUNITY)
- TV – Full menu of channels
- WIFI IN LODGE
The Big Bear Recreation Facility has eight cabins which may be reserved on a year round basis. Firewood and fire starters are available for purchase at the lodge. Fresh towels and linens are available daily. Maximum occupancy for each cabin is six (adults, children, infants).
- Living Room has sofa, love seat, wood burning fireplace
- TV & DVD/VHS player
- Dining room seating for six
- Cooking items such as pots and pans are provided as well as dishes and flatware for six
- Bedroom downstairs has queen-size bed and armoire with dresser
- Loft upstairs has two full-size beds and a dresser
- Linens and towels provided
- Charcoal grill and picnic area are provided outside each cabin
- High chairs and playpens available at Main Lodge for checkout
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT:
Guests with reservations must present a valid military ID card to Lodge Attendant when checking in. Choice of cabin or RV/campsite is first come, first serve ONLY. Check in time for cabins is between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. RV/Campground check in time starts at 1:00 pm. Late check-ins are gladly accepted. Please contact facility staff during normal working hours 8am – 7pm at (909) 866-3965 to make arrangements. Upon check in, the sponsor will sign a check in card and receive facility guidelines regarding rules and regulations. Late check-ins will complete the check in card the next morning.
Patrons must notify the Lodge Attendant prior to departure. Cabins will be inspected for cleanliness and damage prior to check out. The following must be completed prior to check out:
- Wash dishes and place all cooking items and flatware in cupboards.
- Clean oven and range after use.
- Clean out fireplace and barbeque and ensure all ashes are extinguished and deposited in the “ashes only” container by the front door.
- Consolidate all trash into the large metal trash can by the front door.
- Before departure ensure all trash, recyclables and ashes are deposited in the dumpster, recycling bins or ash containers by the bathhouse.
- Reservations can be made 90 days prior to your visit, starting the first calendar day of the month (i.e. call the first day of March for May reservations).
- 1st day of the month: All Active Duty Marines and Military stationed on a Marine Corps installation.
- 2nd day: All Active Duty
- 3rd day: All Active Patrons (Active Duty, Retired, Reservists, Dependent & DOD)
- Reservations are accepted at the Miramar Inn, Bldg. 2515, MCAS Miramar, or by calling (858) 271-7111 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Reservations must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.
- The authorized patron, or dependent must be present at the time of check-in. Subletting, or transferring reservations is not permitted.
- Weekend and certain holidays require a two, or three-night stay.
- One-day reservations are not authorized on weekends and/or holidays for cabins, RV & campsites.
- Friday, Saturday & Holidays… Weekend & Holiday rates apply.
- Sunday – Thursday… Weekday rates apply.
- Maximum occupancy for each cabin is six (adults, children, infants).
Maximum occupancy for each RV / campsite is eight (adults, children, infants).
Cancellations made 30 days prior to the day of arrival will only be charged a cancellation fee of $75.00 for cabins. A one night charge will be charged to RV and Camp site cancellations. No refunds will be given to reservations canceled inside 14 days of arrival date. No refunds will be given for cancellations due to weather, road conditions, acts of nature, malfunctions of TVs or other equipment, sighting of insects, rodents, or other circumstances beyond our control.
The RV and campsites are open year round, weather permitting. There are five RV sites with hook ups and a dump station and five tent sites. The maximum total occupancy of an RV/campsite is eight people (adults, children, infants). Tent camping and camp fires are permitted only in designated areas. There is a community fire pit on site and firewood and fire starter blocks can be purchased at the front desk of the Main Lodge. A heated bathhouse with hot showers and running toilets is located on site. Guests are advised to bring their own towels and toiletries, none are provided. Water to the RV sites and dump station will be shut off during the cold season, typically November through April, due to the danger of freezing pipes. Water to the bathhouse for hot showers and toilet facilities will remain open during that time. RV/campsite guests are advised to plan ahead and call the Main Lodge at (909) 866-3965 for the latest status.
PONTOON RENTAL PHONE: (909) 866-3965
BOAT RESERVATION PROCEDURES.
1. Guests who will be staying at the Facility will have top priority and will be able to reserve boats after their Cabin, RV or Campsite reservation is confirmed. All others will be able to reserve boats 14 days prior.
2. Boat reservation times are for 0800 – 1200 mornings and 1230 – 1630 afternoons.
3. Guests will muster at the Lodge to pay for the boat, complete registration forms and receive Big Bear Lake navigation brief.
4. Reservations will be held until 0830 morning and 1300 afternoon. If guest is a no show or has not made prior arrangements with the Lodge, the boat will be made available on a first come first served basis.
5. After completing registration at the Lodge, guests will muster at the “C” dock boat slips at the Big Bear Marina and receive boat safety and operation briefs.
6. Boats must be returned and refueled not later than 1200 morning reservation and 1600 afternoon reservation at the Courtesy Dock at Big Bear Marina.
7. Boat Attendant will meet the Guest at the Courtesy Dock at Big Bear Marina. Boats will be inspected after each use and Guests will be assessed for any damage.
8. Boats are available May – October, weather permitting.
MCCS BOAT USE RULES.
1. PATRON is responsible for reading and observing, and causing all persons under his or her direction or control to observe the Rules & Procedures of Big Bear Lake.
2. All children under the age of 13 must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) at all times.
3. No person under the age of 18 is allowed to operate/drive the boat.
4. Beaching of the boat will damage the pontoons, boat accessories, the outboard engine and propeller and is strictly prohibited.
5. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the boat. No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs are allowed to operate the boat.
6. The boat shall not be overloaded beyond its capacity (one individual per kayak, two individuals per canoe, three individuals in the fishing boat and up to ten individuals in the pontoon boat).
7. The boat shall not be operated in a careless manner, sub-rented, loaned, or operated by a person unfamiliar with its care and operation.
8. The Duty Phone number is located on the console of every Pontoon Boat. Notify the Lodge Attendant immediately of any emergency or engine malfunction.
The following regulations have been established. It is expected that all patrons using the Big Bear Recreation Facility will strictly adhere to these general regulations:
NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.
Maximum occupancy per cabin is 6 people (adults, children, infants); maximum occupancy for RV/campsites is 8 people (adults, children, infants). Quiet hours will exist in the facility between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Please be considerate of others when listening to your radio, TV or other audio device. If you can hear the music outside your cabin/campsite, it is too loud. Remember, sound travels farther in the still night air, so please be especially considerate in the evening.
PLEASE REPORT ANY DISTURBANCE TO THE LODGE ATTENDANTS.
Inappropriate behavior or disturbances will not be tolerated. Guests may be asked to leave for failure to comply. The Forest Department permits campfires in approved fire pits and fireplaces ONLY. Only charcoal is to be used in the barbecues. For medical needs, check with the Lodge Attendants. If an emergency arises after hours, there is a door buzzer button at the front door of the Main Lodge to awaken the on-duty attendant. Civilians that are not guests of military patrons are not permitted on the premises. Please notify the staff if unauthorized individuals are observed on the grounds. Driving or parking any vehicle or trailer except in designated areas is prohibited. Vehicles, including motorcycles, will not be driven within the facility except for access or egress. Vehicles should be parked on the asphalt surface at all times. Due to the dry climate, the environment takes a long time to recover from tire track damage. Only motorcycles licensed for the street may be operated in designated areas of the National Forest. Motorcycles must be equipped with a Forest Service approved spark arrester, and be in proper working order. Maps of these areas are available at the Main Lodge and the Ranger Station on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake. Possession of firearms, including air powered weapons and bow weapons, is prohibited on the facility grounds. The discharging of fireworks is prohibited.