About Bear Valley
Bear Valley is located approximately 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe and is the site of the Bear Valley Music Festival. It was formerly called Haydenville, Biddle’s Camp, Biddleville, Simpsonville, and Johnsonville.
At Bear Valley’s peak, it had a population of 3,000 when the Fremont’s Pine Tree and Josephine Mines were producing. The approximate current population is 125 with a population density of 17.3 people per square mile.