Artic Circle Spring, Big Bear Lake, CA


Posted: July 26, 2009

Category: California, North America, United States, View All

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Between lakeview point and the big bear dam. Water runs from hillside and flows into small stream on north side of highway 18. Located in a small turnout behind a dirt hill. Strong flow great taste beautiful wildflowers.

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Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:




Map Link: Artic Circle Spring Map

Submitted by: Land Crab, Nadja

  1. Thirsty Guy says:

    I just tried to find this spring today. The link to the google map puts you in the city of Big Bear on a busy street next to businesses & residences. There is nothing on the map called “Lakeview point”. “Behind a dirt hill” is too vague to be useful. None of the locals I talked to had ever seen a spring, and the USFS Ranger told me “the only water here is the lake”. Please provide more details and pictures if possible, to make this spring easier to find.

    • Gerald Bush says:

      This spring is no longer available. The have blocked it off. With large boulders. So sorry to say. I will miss this spring.

    • MSL says:

      The reason it’s so difficult to find now, is that this spring has been buried in rocks. If you get to the spot on the side of the road as the directions indicate, you have to really search for the pipe, under a pile of boulders. You can sneak a tiny bottle in between the cracks, but in essence, it is no longer accessible. Extremely disappointing!

  2. TreeUnion says:

    Would like more info as to where this is located as well 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Cddsaka says:

    Can you give a better locator? There's a lot of space between those two named locations, and, many “dirt hill” turnouts.


  4. Cddsaka says:

    Can you give a better locator? There's a lot of space between those two named locations, and, many “dirt hill” turnouts.


  5. Kvfarnan says:

    Has anybody discovered this spring??

  6. Kvfarnan says:

    Any information about this spring?

    • brandon says:

      Hey if you type @34.24994, -117.02075 into google maps then it will give you an accurate location for the spring, for this time of the year there will be snow around it, but still accessible, just follow the foot prints in the snow. Good luck finding…

  7. Debbie says:

    Hi Folks!
    You now can get SPRING water coming out of your TAP WATER!!! For real!! Please watch this movie on water!!
    Please watch as soon as possible because this is at least the 2nd time they’ve taken it out! Don’t know how much longer it’ll be there! It is just on water!! Not put out by any company selling anything. It’s a documentary on WATER and its many properties: such as memory and biophotonic energy! Our units have all the properties of spring water and its energy! Even more energy!

    Water has to have HIGH ENERGETICS! Spring water does, but you can now get it out of your TAP! NO MOVING PARTS! No magnets! Designed by a phycisist that worked for the Military working on Cloaking technology!! LIFETIME WARRANTY! IT MIMICs 10-15 miles of running stream water going over rocks creating 1000’s of vortices! For more info email me!! Tigger_eyes_here and I use yahoo. so tigger_eyes_here {at}yahoo{dot}com. YOU SHOULD SEE OUR GARDEN!! ANIMALS will choose this water although I would love to do a test between this spring water and our water!! So someone w/a dog please email me with this spring water and let’s do a test!!!

    BTW David Wolfe is getting a DVD about this soon. HIs secretary AVOCADESS is excited about it because it will save her lots of gas and lots of $$!!!!

    The owner of this company was at the LONGEVITY conference and he met up w/the LIVER DR and they did a DARK FIELD BLOOD analysis. I have before and after photos from just 10 minutes after drinking this water!!


  8. Debbie says:

    PS THe youtube movie is 10 parts long. Please look for the other 9. Debbie

  9. brandon says:

    This spring really interests me, after doing some digging I think I have located this spring to be at lat: 34.23912, lon: -117.03066. Anyone who lives in the area may want to plug those coordinates into their gps and let us know if this spring really exists!

    • brandon says:

      After looking closer and really looking at the photo’s a better estimate is 34.24994, -117.02075. I will be checking this site as soon as I can in the next month, hopefully before the area gets too much snow.

  10. brandon says:

    This spring is awesome, I plugged 34.24994, -117.02075 into my gps device and found the pipe very easily. Not sure if the water is safe, but it tasted fine. I could tell that people use the spring often because of the worn trail of foot prints. Very strong water flow. I’m impressed.

  11. waterboy says:

    Just visited this spring on June 19, 2011, PPM: 96 TEMP: 55F

    Located at “36847-36869 California 18” or type in “34.24994, -117.02075” into Google Maps

  12. Donnybrb says:

    If anyone would like a kitten let me know, I have extras.

  13. Kvfarnan says:

    who frequents the spring?  

  14. Shari says:

    I was just at this spring today, 1-15-12. AWESOME! I plugged some of the coordinates into my gps from down below (sorry, don’t remember which comment it was. If you have an iphone, you can check out my pics and get the coordinates from them. I’ve included the location encoded into them.), and by the time I reached my gps destination I was about 200 yards off. But we just looked around a bit until we saw something that matched the description, and voila! I brought back some pics. Enjoy. If you’re heading up the mountain, the spring is on your left. There’s an area to turn in so your car will not be exposed to traffic in any way. Spring is a few steps in from the car. Piece of cake! The water is fantastic. SO good, strong flow from the pipe. Wish I had more containers!

  15. Marc Meisels says:

    Are you sure this is from an aquafier? What if it’s just run-off water from the LAKE!?? Can someone please test this water and post up the report? Thanks!��

  16. Joham says:

    I was at the spring?? a few weeks ago.  I Noticed that run off was going into the same drain under the highway.   I took 10 gallons home and I could feel my kidneys start to ache a little.  I stopped drinking it after 5 gallons.  I was wondering is this normal.  Seems to be real hi in mineral content but I do not have testing equipment.  Curious if this a real spring???  Can someone in the know please fill me in.  Thanks!        

  17. Marc Meisels says:

    Guys, problems. I went and tested this water: everything checks out okay! ~120 ppm, ~8.5 pH, no pesticides, herbicides, harmful metals or chemicals. It’s the cleanest, purest, alkaline water. BUT: The “harmful coliform bacteria” test was a blaring POSITIVE! Meaning, “it is highly likely your water source is contaminated by harmful organisms & bacteria..” Can anyone please do further research / testing on this???? I’m assuming it’s from the wildlife feces somehow washing into the aquifer, as gross as it sounds this may even be PROBIOTIC bacteria that’s good for our colon!!!!! I don’t know, I really want to continue drinking this water so if you guys have any ideas please share!!!!!!! Can someone do their own bacteria test and tell me what you find????

    • Joham says:

      Hi Marc, thanks for your post.  I do not have any testing equipment.  But a relitive and I drank about 5 gals.  I started to have low back kidney area pain to hurt a little.  I have had problems with stones in the past and only assumed it had a high mineral content.  I do not know if it was all in my head.  My relative had no adverse effects.  So we stopped drinking it to be safe or at least untill we know it is safe for sure.  It is odd and you would think that the county would have posted if it was unsafe to drink. 

      • Marc Meisels says:

         Okay, just did ANOTHER bacteria test…. it was on a petri dish.. 0-3 colonies = okay, 5-7 = high, contaminated, 8 – xx = omfg! It had 9…. So, this water is filled with some type of bacteria.. I send it into a professional lab and it takes about 2 weeks for them to shoot results back. I’ll let you guys know!!!!

        • Johnny says:

          Thanks a lot Marc! I’ve been considering going to this spring for a while and your information is really helpful. Just wanted to let you know that your work is appreciated. I eagerly await the results.

          • Bromethius says:

            Thanks!! I got the results back, he said it contains no e. coli or coliform bacteria, but he said it may contain amoebas, Protozoa, cryptosporidium, etc! He’s not sure but he said it DOES NOT contain the specific bacteria the lab tested for, but it Is highly likely it contains microorganisms. This is a bummer because I really really like this spring! Can someone else help me find a lab that does these amoeba tests?????

  18. Ubermathmonkey says:

    I went to the spring today…found it using google maps.  When you take the 330 to the 18, stay on the 18 which turns into Hilltop.  When you get past the Snow Valley Ski Area, keep looking to the left for a couple of miles.  There is a turnout that has the big metal braces (looks like a big metal fence) and a dirt hill.  The braces actaully keep falling rocks back away from the turnout.  Walk behind the hill and you will hear the water in just a few minutes.  I went there and was very impressed with the water flow.  The water looked beautiful and was nice and cold.  I filled up my canister before filling up a larger container with water.  After drinking the water in my canister, I got home and saw the posts here about the microorganisms.  Now I’m worried.  Should I be doing something to take care of myself now?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I went there this weekend and the spring is gone. Looks like there was a small avalanche and covered the spring in rocks.

  20. Tyler says:

    I just returned from the spring today 6-15-13. It looks great but I don’t have away to test it. I didn’t read these posts until just now and I brought home 30 gal. What should I do?

  21. Tyler says:

    Does anyone think I should boil the water before drinking it? Is there good bacteria in spring water that we are suppose to have? Sorry for all the questions, I am new at this and am kinda ignorant on this topic. I do appreciate any advice.

  22. Alexandra says:

    Was planning on going to this. I couldn’t find it by typing the number into google maps in the search space. If I boiled this water after collecting it would the microrganisms die?

  23. Sierra says:

    I was wondering if anyone has any updates on the spring water?

  24. Matt says:

    TDS for this spring is 087.
    ph is 6.54

  25. Michael says:

    Found the pullout with the GPS co-ordinates easily. I think I found the spring but the flow was weaker than the stream of an old man with a prostate problem. Perhaps due to the drought, not really sure how these springs work. But perhaps I didn’t find the right thing… it was just a trickle coming out of a rock wall. Which direction do you walk “behind the hill”.

  26. Kevin says:

    This spring was gushing profusely from a large pipe behind the hill.

  27. TgMgNg says:

    I was there about two weeks ago and was able to find it and gathered water for the week. Two weeks later I went up there to refill and sure enough someone closed it off! So angry and devastated! No longer open!

  28. Natalie Rivera says:

    can someone please give the correct directions on how to get here? I would be traveling from Victorville, Ca

    • MSL says:

      This spring has been buried in rocks. If you get to the spot on the side of the road as the directions indicate, you have to really search for the pipe, under a pile of boulders. You can sneak a tiny bottle in between the cracks, but in essence, it is no longer accessible. Extremely disappointing!

  29. Kelly Hudson says:

    Have been going to this spring since October. Best water in the world and now it’s barricaded!!!! Can anyone please explain this?

  30. Tammy says:

    There should be an explanation from Big Bear, or I wonder if some person or corporation took it into their own hands to block access to free water…they are more interested in money than people. Watch “Thirst” and “Blue Gold”.

  31. Andre says:

    I’ve also been surprised by the California Department of Transportation’s blocking of the spring. I’ve been getting my drinking water here for years. I noticed that the flow had decreased drastically when I last filled up there back in March 2015. It took almost 2 minutes to fill a 5 gallon bottle where it took only 12 seconds before. And now it’s blocked completely with a sign warning people of legal consequences should anyone “move or molest” this state property (I guess they mean the boulders.)
    I highly suspect this having to do with someone advertising the sale of the water from this spring openly on the internet. I contacted Caltrans and am waiting for an explanation. If anyone is willing to help get this spring opened and accessible to all again, please contact me. Thanks and have a great day!

  32. Natalie says:

    This spring is still running but has been covered by huge rocks. There is also a confusing threatening sign. HOWEVER I think it is accessible if your willing to, and are strong enough to move some large boulders.

  33. Jasmine Slivka says:

    Went looking for the spring today and could not find it. After reading all these posts, just wanted to jump in and say it is definitely closed. We searched forever and were in the right location. Bummer.

  34. Mukhande says:

    The spring has been restored, and is even better than it was before! There is now a copper pipe that comes directly out of the spring head, instead of coming out of the old rusty pipe that is barely trickling now 🙂 Enjoy and keep it priston.

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