A Man Made Lake?

BIG BEAR’S NATURAL LAKE Big Bear lake is a man made lake. All of the published history to date, including this author’s book Vanishing Big Bear, tells us that Big Bear Lake was originally created when a Redlands farmer by the name of Frank Brown built a rock dam...

Big Bear’s Eastwood Dam

The story of our multi arch dam dates back to 1885, when a Redlands farmer by the name of Frank Brown built a rock dam at Big Bear which created the lake that we have today. The original rock dam under construction at Big Bear Valley in 1884. — Rick Keppler...

Bridge Construction – 2009

WE’RE GETTING A NEW BRIDGE Ever since 1925, the majority of traffic entering Big Bear Valley has crossed over the old bridge currently atop the dam. It has served our valley well. Construction began in April 2009, on a new bridge that will replace the old existing...