Southwest Shore Activities
Most Southwest Shore families come to Big Bear to relax, entertain their friends, and escape the day-to-day fast pace of life "down the hill." They socialize somewhat with their Southwest Shore neighbors, but generally they spend their time at Big Bear enjoying activities with their own families and friends.
The Southwest Shore Association tries not to disrupt that quiet environment any more than necessary. Occasionally the Association organizes and sponsors periodic events, projects, or social functions in order to maintain the common areas of the Southwest Shore tract, as well as to promote the cooperation and camaraderie of the cabin owners, families, and friends.
Here are links and descriptions to some ongoing activities as well as past Southwest Shore events:
The Southwest Shore Colony traces its history back to 1912, when the first group of rustic cabins was built on the southwest shore of Big Bear Lake. The "new" dam was completed that same year, superceding the old rock dam built in 1885. The new cabin owners had a front-row seat to the rising waters of the expanded lake. To celebrate 100 years of history, in July 2012 the Southwest Shore Association had a celebratory party to commemorate the Centennial of the 1912 establishment of the Southwest Shore Colony. (read more...)
After the fun we all had at our 2012 Centennial Celebration, many people commented that we should have more frequent such social get-togethers for the Association families and friends as a whole. A new Summer Celebration is planned for July 30, 2016. Follow this link for more information.
Each summer cabin owners undertake the periodic cleanup of brush, downed limbs, and other debris throughout the Colony. Although owners have done such cleanup for several years, the annual effort became more formalized in 2014, when the Southwest Shore Colony collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service in a Healthy Forest Fuels Reduction Program. As part of the Program, Southwest Shore cabin owners have an ongoing obligation to maintain our entire area, whether or not adjacent to a cabin, in a "healthy condition." The guidelines for achieving a healthy forest are described further in the Healthy Forest Management section of this website.
The families and friends of the Southwest Shore Colony enjoy the benefits of remote access to a local webcam and weather station, graciously owned and operated by Ed Leonhardt, owner of Cabin 39. Ed’s cabin is located near the top of Keystone Point Road on Highway 18, with a great view of the lake and surrounding area. Follow this link to read more about the Cabin Cam operation and capabilities.