Spend the day on the water at Captain John’s Fawn Harbor & Marina on Big Bear Lake in Fawnskin on June 11, which is celebrating National Marina Day by giving anyone who mentions the event a 10% discount on all motorboat rentals!
Plan on spending the day on the north shore for picnicking, grilling, disk golf and much more. Festivities are part of the nationwide “Welcome to the Water” program and there’s live music from noon-4 p.m. For boating enthusiasts there’s safety classes at 9 or 11 a.m. and at 10 a.m. learn about the dangers of quagga mussels and why inspections are so vital for lake health. Vendors will exhibit from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The lake’s most eco-friendly marina, Captain John’s is a secluded gateway to the water complete with lakeside beach, picnic area and horseshoe pits, and lots more. Disk golf course that follows the north shore with great views is free to play—rent a disk for five bucks. The course features Professional Disc Golf Association holes and is fun to play for the whole family.
“National Marina Day celebrates not only boating but all water sports,” said Captain John’s Serena Saunders. “Our goal is to help families find new outdoor activities for fun and fitness, to experience boating and other water sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding and water skiing.”
Be sure to sign up for Stand Up Paddle (SUP) fitness and classes for all abilities. SUP is the latest rage on Big Bear Lake and Captain John’s is known for its extensive selection of boards, SUP fitness classes, expert clinics, and classes for anyone wanting to learn. Your arms are the engine so there’s no gas to buy and boards are budget friendly.
SUP helps develop balance and upper body strength so it’s a great conditioning tools. Quiet propulsion has always been in style at Captain John’s, longtime home to the electric tour boats. New this year is the ability to tour the lake in the only eco-friendly electric lake boat rental but you can also let the captain take the helm to cruise around in one of the Duffield Whisper Drive electric boats while exploring quiet coves and the little known nooks and crannies around Big Bear Lake.
Finally, take an adventure cruise to learn lake history and take advantage of the Captain’s firsthand knowledge of famed China Island. Eco-friendly boat tours launch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Adults are $20, 12 and under $12.
Captain John’s is debuting a floating snack bar out on the water. Boaters can pull right up and grab varieties of tasty sandwiches provided by Amangela’s Deli in the Village and be on their way in no time. Or linger longer and enjoy reggae music on the water.
And now renting a boat or paddleboard at Captain John’s is as simple as going online with the marina’s new reservation system. Pick out the vessel you want and reserve it well before arriving in the mountains. You’ll get email reminders, directions and updates and avoid long lines on busy days. It’s the first facility in Big Bear with the system, same one used by New York Harbor and others.
Captain John’s Marina is at Dana Point Park in Fawnskin, 39369 North Shore Dr. Call (909) 366-5109.