Big Bear Lake California

Big Bear Swimming

Swimmers enjoying the swim beach at Meadow Park Big Bear Lake

Swimming in Big Bear Lake during the summer is refreshing and fun for everyone. For parents who want a safe swimming area to bring the family, Meadow Park is the best place to go. The swim beach is sandy with a lifeguard, a floating dock and water toys, snack bar and public restrooms.

The more adventurous swimmers can find all kinds of swimming and wading spots around the lake, just remember there are no lifeguards and Lake Management (MWD) requires that you swim within 50 feet of the shore. Another favorite area for taking a dip is the area around China Island aka Garstin Island; you can swim around near the rocks and the daring can climb up the rock formation behind China Island and take a thrilling jump into the water below.