City of Big Bear Lake

Filming in Big Bear Lake

The rural town of Big Bear Lake and its locals are no strangers to the movie industry; having been utilized in everything from small mountain-setting scenes, to full production movie shoots since the 1920's. Being situated approximately two hours North East of Los Angeles, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, this location has become ideal for this type of work.


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About Big Bear Lake

The City of Big Bear Lake is situated in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of beautiful Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Filming in Big Bear Lake offers production companies the opportunity for storybook scenery and landscape along with the peace and tranquility of a small town atmosphere. Whether filming in the downtown area, Big Bear Lake’s “Village” or along the lake, filmmakers and photographers are sure to find just what they need.

Why Choose Us?

The Big Bear Lake Film Office contracts with Sheri Davis who has over four decades of experience in working with the film industry, scouting locations and assisting production crews with all of their needs. To get started please read through the rest of our website and then contact Sheri Davis through the links provided below.

To Further Pique Your Interests,
Take a Look at these Historical Articles "Hollywood Discovers Big Bear" & "Hollywood Loves Big Bear"
or IMDB's short list of "Popular Titles filmed in Big Bear"


Big Bear Lake offers year round sights; whether your film is looking for anything from boating, water skiing, or fishing type scenes in the Summer, mountain biking or hiking types of adventures in the Spring, or all sorts of other activities in the winter from skiing and snowbarding, to sledig, or Sherpa dog-sled rides. Big Bear offers the only year round, full seasoned, outdoor entertainment in Southern California. View the photos below to get an idea of what there is to offer here, all without having to leave beautiful southern California to get to. You'll surely be feel enticed to film the perfect scene needed for your project, while keeping the production on budget.

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What it Takes to Film Here

Please find the downloadable PDF forms attached here that are required to be filled out and sent in to request a permit to begin filming here in Big Bear Lake. Additionally you can find a short list below of the steps required to get your project started in our serene litle town.

Download the Application Here

(right click the button above to save the forms needed)


Step 1

Step 1

Contact Sheri Davis to get the entire process started.

Step 2

Step 2

Select the location (or locations) in which you'd like to film.

Step 3

Step 3

Complete the Applications and Obtain All of the Applicable Insurance Needed.

Step 4

Step 4

File all of the Applications and Corresponding Documentation with Sheri Davis.

Step 5

Step 5

Receive your City Permit Number and the Conditions of Approval.

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Step 6

Finalize the Process by Paying All of the Applicable Permit Fees as directed.


For more information or clarity on the procedures for filming here in Big Bear Lake, CA, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will make every effort to get back to you as quickly possible. We look forward to working with you in the near future. Thank you!

The City of Big Bear Lake

Sheri Davis, Film Consultant