With so many activities to do in Big Bear Lake, it's hard to just choose one; Big Bear Kayaking is one of the most popular activities for any age and any group. During the summer, it is a great way to stay cool and experience the tranquility of Big Bear Lake. Some of the best mini destinations are reachable by kayak such as Boulder Bay, China Islands, and the Big Bear Solar Observatory.
Another pastime that many enjoy is Big Bear kayak fishing, which is permitted out on the lake with a fishing license. With many fish in our lake, fishing is just another one of those must do activities in Big Bear. Some of the fish we have are rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and catfish, just to name a few. Big Bear Kayaking is a fun adventure, just make sure to follow these three Big Bear Kayaking rules to stay safe!
Always wear a life jacket provided with rental.
Vessels under 12 feet must stay within the 5 MPH buoys.
No open water swimming, make sure to stay within 50 feet of shoreline.
Following these rules is important to having a safe and fun time out on the lake but don't forget to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the view. After all, Big Bear is the place where people come to escape!
You might be wondering what to bring when going out on the lake? Some essentials we offer are of course sunscreen, hats, sun glasses, towels, and waterproof cases for your cell phone if you're going to take pictures of family and friends. Keep in mind, you will get wet!
Where to get fishing licenses?
Interested in fishing while kayaking? Check out fishing FAQ and pricing for licenses.
Fishing licenses are provided by any sporting goods store and online:
Bosco’s Bait & Tackle
400 Pine Knot Ave.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Check out current lake status!
Locations to rent kayaks in Big Bear?
Getboards has two convenient locations which you can rent from:
40905 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA (Veteran’s Park)
39166 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA (Boulder Bay Park)
Give them a call for any further questions 909-878-3155
Where can I launch my kayak?
Kayaks rental reservations from our Veteran’s Park location are conveniently stored on our private dock, so no transportation of equipment is required! This is a popular option for large groups and families, since we also have dockhands at the water to help you launch. Kayaks rented from our Boulder Bay Park location have carts provided with the rental, so you can self-launch right from the beach.
If you do not wish to rent a kayak from the locations listed above another option would be to bring your own kayak but keep in mind when doing so you will need to get your kayak inspected at any marina located in Big Bear and with that inspection comes a lake permit that insures our lake stays clean and safe from any outside mussels and other creatures that can contaminate our waters. Lake permits are usually daily or seasonal and can be bought at local marinas with prices starting at $20. Do be aware that some marinas do charge for using their ramp launching services.
For more information on lake permits and where to get them check out these websites.