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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.

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For more information on “What to do at Big Bear Lake”, visit www.bigbearinfo.com at the Big Bear Lake Visitor’s Center.

For Cabin / RV / & Camp Reservations:
(858) 271-7111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
via: Miramar Inn, Bldg 2515


RV Sites are available!
water skier
Enjoy a game of volleyball.
Tent Grounds
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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 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 campsite during the entire stay. 

SUBLETTING IS PROHIBITED.  More than one sponsor’s name may appear on the payment receipt if requested at time of payment.

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The Big Bear Recreational Facility has eight cabins which may be reserved on a year round basis. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance beginning with the 1st working day of the current month. (Example: 01 December through February 2014).

Each cabin has a bedroom downstairs with a queen-size bed and armoire with dresser. The upstairs loft has two full-size beds and dresser. Bed linens, blankets, pillows, bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes and a bath mat are provided. The dining room has a table with seating for six. The living room has a sofa and loveseat with a coffee table, wood-burning fireplace, a 27" flat-screen television and DVD/VHS player. Each cabin kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, gas range/oven, microwave oven, coffee maker and can opener. Cooking items such as pots and pans are provided as well as dishes and flatware for six. A charcoal grill and picnic table is provided for each cabin. All cabins are stocked with adequate cleaning equipment (vacuum, sponge, mop, broom, etc.). In addition, the Main Lodge has a limited supply of high chairs and playpens available for checkout.

The maximum occupancy of a cabin is six people (adults, children and infants).  At no time will the “floor load” limit of six occupants be exceeded.

The following is the priority for making reservations:
Day 1: Active duty military stationed aboard a Marine Corps installation.
Day 2: All service active duty.
Day 3: Retirees, reservists, Dependants and DoD personnel.
One day reservations are not authorized on weekends and/or holidays for cabins.
Friday, Saturday & Holidays*. . . . . . . . . . . . Weekend & Holiday rates apply
Sunday - Thursday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Weekday rates apply

The authorized patron or dependant must be present at check in time. Subletting or transferring reservations is not permitted.
Friday or Saturday reservations are packaged as Friday and Saturday.
Holiday reservations have a three day minimum.



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• Effective Mar 1, 2014, Big Bear Recreation Facility reservations will be taken (exclusively) at the Miramar Inn, Bldg 2515. For Cabin/RV/Camp Site Reservations, please call (858) 271-7111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

• Reservations must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.

• Payment may be made by cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “MCCS Fund”.

• If time permits a receipt will be mailed as proof of confirmation for the reservations and must be presented to the attendant at the Big Bear facility upon registration. Otherwise, you may call to confirm your reservation.

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The campsites are open year round, weather permitting. There are five RV sites with hook-ups and five tent sites. Tent camping is permitted only in specified campsite areas. The maximum total occupancy of an RV/campsite is eight people (adults, children and infants).

• Reservations can be made up to two months in advance beginning with the 1st working day of the current month.
(Example, 01 June through August 2014).

• Effective Mar 1, 2014, Big Bear Recreation Facility reservations will be taken (exclusively) at the Miramar Inn, Bldg 2515. For Cabin/RV/Camp Site Reservations, please call (858) 271-7111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

• Reservations must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.

If time permits a receipt will be mailed as proof of confirmation for the reservations and must be presented to the attendant at the Big Bear facility upon registration.  Otherwise, you may call to confirm your reservation.


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November 1-April 30
July 1 -August 31

May 1-June 30
September 1-
October 31

Weekends (Friday & Saturday)
$100 * * *
Weekday (Sunday - Thursday)

Campsites (8 people/site)

RV/Tent water/electric
hook ups
Tent without hook ups

* * * If the Friday or Saturday that you visit falls on a holiday weekend, the $100 Weekend Rate is voided by the Holiday Rate. Therefore, a fee of $150 will apply.

All rates are based on per night and are subject to change without notice.



Reservations can be cancelled up fourteen days in advance. The pre-payment will be refunded, minus a ten dollar ($10.00) cancellation fee, (Fee is required to recoup original CC charge to MCCS by CC Company) or the customer may accept a credit voucher for a future stay. Credits are good for one year from the date of issue.
Payments are forfeited for cancellations made within 48 hours of check in. Refunds or credits are not available. However, at anytime, the proof of Military Orders or medical necessity, will qualify for your reservation to be refunded in full.

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Big Bear Recreation Facility will accept reservations and credit card payments for the Facility Pontoon Boat. Reservations for the Pontoon Boat may be made the first day of the month for the month after the next prior to desired day.
July pontoon boat reservations (for the entire month) were available as of May 1st.
In the event that the first day of the month falls on a holiday or Sunday, “Day 1” reservations become available on the following Monday. Pontoon Boat reservations are made directly at the Marine Corps Recreation Facility at 909-866-3965.

Note:  Pontoon Boats are located at Big Bear Marina and are in a pre-paid slip. Transportation, launch and recovery are will be provided for fishing boat and canoe and are included in the boat rental fee. You are required, however, to fill the boat fuel tank prior to requesting pick-up by Lodge Attendant unless the boat is already docked in a slip at the lake. There are no hourly rental rates for boats. Boats are available for rental May – October, weather permitting.

There are other items available for rental or check-out at the Main Lodge (i.e., pool table, snow sleds, board games, books, movies, etc.).

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Check In

Guests with reservations must present a valid military ID card to Lodge Attendant when checking in. Choice of cabin or campsite is first come, first serve ONLY. Check in time for cabins is between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Campground check in time starts at 1:00 pm. Late check-ins are gladly accepted. Please contact facility staff during working hours 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.

Check Out
Cabin patrons are required to clean any plates if used, the stove if used and the fire place if used prior to checking out. Housekeeping will take care of the rest. Campsites shall be cleaned before checking out. Patrons must notify the Lodge Attendant prior to departure. Check out time for the cabins or campsites is from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. There will be a charge for broken, damaged or missing items.

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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:


2. 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.

3. The Forest Department permits campfires in approved fire pits and fireplaces ONLY.

4. Only charcoal is to be used in the barbecues.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The possession of firearms, including air powered weapons and bow weapons, is prohibited on the facility grounds. The discharging of fireworks is prohibited.

10. Check with attendants for information on local facilities, activities and restaurants. The Lodge has a recreation room, which includes a big screen television and fireplace.

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1. Confirm dates and duration of visit: Check confirmed reservations on receipt or call to verify dates. Review brochure or web page information.

2. Check that your automobile is properly maintained and equipped for emergency needs and inclement weather.

3. Board pet(s) in kennel.  No pets are permitted on grounds at Big Bear Recreational Facility.

4. ROAD CONDITIONS CALL: Calif. Highway Patrol at (714) 788-6501 or CALTRANS at 1-800-427-7623

5. Refer to the brochure or web site for detailed directions and map. Have facility phone number available for assistance at
(909) 866-3965. Drive safely and plan to encounter traffic.

ALWAYS bring snow chains for your vehicle’s tires during the winter months of November through March. Even 4x4 vehicles with snow tires must have chains in the vehicle when snow chains are mandatory for other vehicles.

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Big Bear Map   From San Diego take I-15 north to I-215 north. North on I-215 to I-10. East on I-10 to I-210 north. Take I-210 north to HWY 330 (Running Springs). This will put you on the mountain road. Halfway up the mountain 330 changes to HWY 18 east as you approach Running Springs (same road, different name). Continue around the mountain until you come to the Big Bear Dam. Turn right; continue east on Big Bear Blvd. (HWY 18), through town.
Turn left onBig Bear Blvd. across from the Chevron Gas Station. Follow the road around to the traffic signal. Continue through traffic signal passing the school, McDonald’s and Carl’s Jr. Continue on Big Bear Blvd. until Moonridge Rd. Turn right onto Moonridge Rd. and continue ½ miles until you come to Elm St., which is the third street on the right. Turn right on Elm St., continue down Elm St. about 1/4 mile and turn right on Switzerland Drive. Make an immediate left down the paved/dirt access road at the USMC Big Bear Recreational Facility sign.

The Recreational Facility street address will not work on a GPS. For GPS please use the following coordinates:
34° 14' 208" North • 116° 54' 12" West
Or enter intersection of Elm Street and Switzerland Drive. At that point turn right on Switzerland Drive, make immediate left, Recreational Facility is 1/4 mile down dirt road.


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