Safety Reminders Before Embarking on a Big Bear Lake Boat Tour

Big Bear Lake Boat TourNo matter what the season, Big Bear Lake has something to offer everyone. Skiers and snowboarders can ride down mountain slopes in winter. Visitors can bike on forest mountain trails, or walk along a scenic path by the lake in spring. In summer, they can do stand-up paddle boarding and parasailing on the lake, or ride the Scenic Sky Chair towards the Snow Summit Adventure Park. In the fall, they can horseback ride and attend the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.

One of the activities tourists should never miss is the boat tour in Big Bear Lake, a two-hour cruise across the lake that unfolds the history of the place. Some lake tours like those offered by Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina even have a catering service on board so that everyone can enjoy sumptuous meals with family, friends and fellow tourists. While having fun, it’s also important to observe the following boating safety tips to avoid any untoward incidents.

Life Jackets

Anyone in and around any body of water should know how to swim. However, if you still haven’t learned the skill by the time you visit Big Bear Lake, you should wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket when you take the boat tour or engage in lake sports like wakeboarding and fishing charters. Prior to departure, everyone aboard should wear one and keep it on at all times.

Departures & Returns

For short boat trips, always inform a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker about your plans. During your time on the lake, keep alert to the rental time expiration since boats need to be back at the marina prior to expiration for the next party. If you are embarking on of the historic area guided tours, departures and returns are very specific so make sure to arrive at least a half an hour for advanced check-in. If you have a big party, it is a good idea to call ahead.


Check local weather conditions before going on a non-guided boat tour in the lake. Although Big Bear Lake tour operators, such as Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina, are reliable and always consider the safety of their passengers, you can keep safe if you keep abreast of weather bulletins before your day on the lake.

A reputable Big Bear Lake marina offers lots of activities and amenities to the visitors of this beautiful region in the San Bernardino Mountains in California. You can visit any time of the year but remember to keep safe at all times.