Dog Destination: Big Bear Lake, Calif.

This lakeside resort community provides fun for dogs.

Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, this lakeside resort community provides fun and beauty. The rustic and natural area boasts year-round activities from boating to skiing. Big Bear Lake’s dog-friendly community offers off-leash hikes, great restaurants, and hotels that welcome dogs.

What To Do
Big Bear Marina
The marina offers mountain-lake fishing and water sports. Dogs are welcome to join in the fun on rental boats. (909) 866-3218.

Cougar Crest Trail
This two-mile hiking trail winds through a mixed conifer section of San Bernardino National Forest. Park rangers prefer on-leash dogs, especially in crowded areas.

Where To Stay
Cozy Hollow Lodge
40409 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
$79 to $169
(909) 866-8886
http://www.cozyhollowlodge.com/
All dogs allowed; $10 daily pet fee

Shore Acres Lodge
40090 Lakeview Dr.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
$85 to $245
(909) 866-8200
All dogs allowed; no pet fee

Timberline Lodge
39921 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
$71 to $240
(909) 866-4141;
http://www.thetimberlinelodge.com/
All dogs allowed; $10 daily pet fee

Information
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2860
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-4607; www.bigbear.com
Big Bear Forest Service Office
(909) 866-3437

Source: The California Dog Lover’s Companion (Foghorn Press, 1998, $20.95) by Maria Goodavage.

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