THE LOVELY LAKEFRONT CABINS OF BIG BEAR

Greetings from Big Bear Lake. Today I’m going to take you for a boat ride on Big Bear Lake where we will be able to see the lovely lakefront cabins of Big Bear.

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Last week I took you on a behind the scenes tour of Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell’s amazing cabin compound on Big Bear Lake. If you missed it please check it out by clicking here, you’ll be glad you did. This is their private dock as seen from the water perspective. Their cabins are hidden behind the boulders on the right of the photo below.

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What’s special about most of the cabins I’m going to show you today is that each of them is what’s known as “Recreation Residences”.  Recreation Residences are cabins located on National Forest land. The cabins themselves are privately owned by individuals, while the land on which they sit is still owned by the American public under Forest Service management. Cabin owners receive a Special Use Permit to occupy forest land. There are currently 728 recreation residences on the San Bernardino National Forest, the most charming of which are the lovely lakefront cabins of Big Bear. So please join me and Captain Brad for a little boat tour.

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I invite you to be a bit of a voyeur today. Sit back, relax, and get a peek at these charming vintage cabins that can only be seen from this perspective, from the water. For most of my life I only got a tiny glimpse of these cabins, as most of them can’t be seen from the road. They are generally accessed by way of difficult-to-traverse access roads off of the main highway. So really, the only way to see them is from the water, and that means having a boat on the lake. The good news is that unlike Lake Arrowhead where I live, Big Bear Lake is public and anyone who wishes can launch a boat on the lake. After 11 years of living on private Lake Arrowhead, we finally took our boat over to Big Bear, a 45 minute drive away, and put it in the water. So come on along with me and check out the lovely lakefront cabins of Big Bear.

As we make our way around the lake this more modern home is one of the few that sits very close to the water’s edge, with a beach below it.

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Others nearby are positioned on rocky precipices above the lake.

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This cabin is perched right on top of the rocks…

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while this cute cottage is a bit closer to the water’s edge.

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This next compound of Chinese style cottages are located on what the locals call “China Island”.

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The only way to access these cabins is by boat. I have been forever intrigued by them, and was so excited to get this up-close-and personal view of them as we motored by.

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On the mainland across from China Island sit these pretty cabins.

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As we continue on around the perimeter of Big Bear Lake we encounter these lovely lake front abodes.

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Now is the time to visit Big Bear Lake. While my new/old log cabin is not situated right on the lake, it is walking distance from it. I’d love for you to be my guest this summer at Stone Hill Cottage. Check out my vacation rental log cabin by clicking here.

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So there you have it: THE LOVELY LAKEFRONT CABINS OF BIG BEAR

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Comments

  • This was fun. I’ve been to Big Bear dozens of times, only on the lake once! So I’ve never seen many of these homes either. One time my friend and I went on a home tour and we got to see some of the prettiest homes in BB.
    Thanks for the tour.
    Karen

  • Glad you enjoyed it Karen. Thanks for stopping in.

  • I was born and raised in SoCal and have never actually been on the lake so this was a fun tour. All the homes are beautiful but I am definitely intrigued by China Island.

  • This looks amazing 🙂 I’d love to go sometime in my life haha!

    Kelsey
    http://www.kelsey-rose.com

  • I hope you can make it there one day too. You’ll be glad you did! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  • Yes, I do hope you can make it up one day soon and experience the lake. China Island is a great California treasure.