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General Information

Description - Bear Creek Dam, the last of three dams built to protect the Denver region from floods, is located on the southwest edge of suburban Lakewood at the confluence of Bear Creek and Turkey Creek. This project is known for its diverse bird and waterfowl population and its striking scenic views.

Attractions - Fishing, boat launching facilities, camping, picnicking, game fields and winter sports are available at this site,

Recreation - Recreation opportunities include camping, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, boating, archery and nature study.

Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightening is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.

Location - Located west of Denver near Morrison, Colorado. See the map above on this wildernet.com page for driving directions.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Alex Ammon (Golden, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fishing Bear Creek is nice for a close fishing destination. You can have a lot of luck useing elk hair caddis and blue winged olives in the slow and faster water. If you have a big enough elks hair use it as a dry dropper and put a midge or a peasent tail as the bottom fly. This combination will work almost anywhere on the river and will git you a lot of fish.

Filed By: Scott Wilcock (Lakewood, co)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went fishing w/son-in-law 9/24/05. Trolled using pop-gear w/worm. Had best luck by dam but bites were sporadic at best. hooked 9, landed 3 rainbow between us. Great weather and day considering usual luck at Bear Creek.

Filed By: Chris
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Though I have not been extremely recently I did go to Bear Creek several times before it began to get colder and I wanted to get to other lake areas before they froze. I am a trout fisherman mainly and bear creek is nice and close if you only have a couple of hours to get somewhere. Most people fish the lake, but the creek is where I caught alot of good eaters. I often found that after I had already caught a full stringer of 10-12in. trout many people on the lake itself around the inlet area only had 1-2 nice fish. The only way to fish the holes is to get out in the middle of the current. I had my best luck off of a white jig head with red or pink eyes baited with a worm. I also had results off of silver spinners with red rooster tails. The big muskie are in the lake, but you can clean up on nice trout in that stream.


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Contact Information:
Bear Creek Lake, 9307 CO ST HGWY 121 , LITTLETON, CO, 80128-6901, Phone: 303-979-4120

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.

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