You can rent all kinds of boats -- including speedboats, rowboats, paddleboats, pontoons, sailboats, and canoes -- at a number of Big Bear Lake marinas. Rates vary only slightly from place to place: A 14-foot dinghy with an outboard runs around $30 per hour; pontoon (patio) boats that can hold large groups range in size and price from $65 to $90 per hour or $180 to $250 for a half-day. Pine Knot Landing (tel. 909/866-2628; www.pineknotlanding.com) is the most centrally located marina, behind the post office at the foot of Pine Knot Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. Big Bear Marina, 500 Paine Rd. at Lakeview (tel. 909/866-3218; www.bigbearmarina.com), is close to Big Bear Lake Village and also rents a variety of watercraft.
Big Bear Lake brims with rainbow trout, bass, and catfish in spring and summer, the best fishing seasons. Pine Knot Landing, Gray's Landing, and Big Bear Marina all rent fishing boats and have bait-and-tackle shops that sell licenses.
Jet-Skiing, Water-Skiing & Wake Boarding
Personal water craft (PWCs) are available for rent at Big Bear Marina. North Shore Landing, on Hwy. 38, 2 miles west of Fawnskin (tel. 909/878-4-FUN ; www.800bigbear.com), rents jet skis and two- and three-person WaveRunners at rates ranging from $90 to $115 per hour plus gas. Call ahead to reserve your craft and check age and deposit requirements.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.