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May 29, 2022

3 Places to Launch Your Boat or Kayak in Big Bear

Launch Ramps

Big Bear offers 3 main launch ramps for your boat. You will need to make sure your boat has a valid CF tag registration and pass through an inspection process. The park rangers will likely ask where the last body of water you launched at and then perform an inspection of the hull and trailer. Parking at the boat launches are free to boaters. Note that you can also launch non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, canoes and Stand Up Paddles (SUPs) at these locations. You will need to purchase a motorized or non-motorized day or season pass at the ranger station. Here’s some pricing:

Registered Vessels – Motorized boats and sailboats over 8 feet in length.
(Power boats, jet skis, personal water craft)

1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day Season
$40 $60 $80 $100 $120 $130

Non-Registered Vessels – Non-motorized boats and sailboats 8 feet or less in length. (Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, sailboards, float-tubes)

1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day Season
$25 $35 $45 $55 $60

East Public Launch Ramp – Carol Morrison

This launch ramp is on the north side of the lake at the eastern end. Access is very easy and you can’t miss the entrance! The East Launch Ramp has the most parking spots out of all the public launch ramps in town.

West Public Launch Ramp – Duane Boyer

The West Launch Ramp is in Fawnskin and closer to the dam area. This will make it less of a trek if that’s where you’re looking to hang out which is the most popular spot on the lake. Parking is more limited here so get there early on busy weekends.

Big Bear Marina

This is the main launching point for everyone staying south of the lake which is everyone. The Big Bear Marina launch ramp also has access to rental piers where you can find many pontoons, boat and jet ski rentals for the day. This is a paid launch ramp so make sure you visit their website for more details: 

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