With such a large lake like Big Bear Lake it is absolutely ridiculous that you can only swim in this small enclosed area where you have to pay $5/person to enter.
It simply does not make sense, if anybody knows the reason please let me know. My only guess is the monetary gain, you charge for boating, you charge for fishing so it makes sense to charge for swimming too. This is absolutely in line with the rest of Big Bear "features" like: resort fee, cleaning fee, smoking fee, pet fee, etc.
Maybe that is exactly the reason why less and less people are visiting Big Bear Lake, you can only expect to be rip off for anything you want to do.
Going back to the swim park, be aware, they check your bags for alcohol and depending on the mood of the staff they may or not accept any glass container. The swim test is also a laughable matter, it may be OK to test little kids but why the adult people, aren't they mature enough to understand that if you do not know how to swim you cannot go in the deep water?
This place is completely out of place, out of time and out of reason.
The City should just invest some money to create a nice public beach, free of charge like any other resort/city/village in California. This is what every tourist and locals alike expect.
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