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Barr Lake State Park
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Barr Lake State Park
Description - A boater and wildlife-watcher's paradise, Barr Lake State Park is known as an exceptional wildlife habitat. A man-made lake turned natural wetlands, Barr Lake State Park provides access to a unique combination of activities from wildlife watching and educational programs to boating and fishing.

Attractions - The park's 2,500 acres are home to more than 300 species of waterfowl reside within the park boundaries, which is home to the Colorado Bird Observatory and an important Colorado wildlife refuge. The southwest side of the lake, and the marshes along its edge, provide a habitat for great blue herons, bald eagles and pelicans. A family of eagles nest in the park each spring. Facilities within the park provide visitors with excellent view points for bird and wildlife watching and photography.

Recreation - A nine-mile hiking and biking trail leads along the perimeter of the lake. Picnicking and bird-watching facilities are accessible on site. A nature center provides educational exhibits and well-informed staff to answer questions. Barr Lake is ideal for non-motorized boating activities. The park offers a peaceful, relaxing haven for visitors to enjoy sailing and canoeing in calm waters. The fishing for perch, bass, trout and walleye is exceptional.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected in all seasons. Remember, that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Directions - Take I-76 northeast from Denver, exit on Bromley Lane. Go east to Picadilly Road, then south to the park entrance. Barr Lake State Park is located 20 miles northeast of Denver.

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Filed By: Keith C. Kline (Boulder, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: DO NOT ride your bike on these trails. They are littered with millions of little burrs or thorns from the trail side vegitation. Both my brother and I encountered two flat tires each that resulted in the purchase of four new performance tubs. Ride at your own risk!

Filed By: Wilson (Aurora, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Easy access with good, well marked black top roads. Fishing for trout was very good while trolling with Dick Nite lures. Walleye and large mouth bass are usually active most in early evenings. Bird watching is a plus to fishermen although half of the lake is off limits to fishing and reserved as a wild fowl reserve. Area around lake is flat and a warning eye should be kept on the weather...especially the wind! The wind picks up very quickly and is a danger to the unaware boater. Pick-nicking areas are provided however flies and nats do present a problem so insect spray is recommended.

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Contact Information:
Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road , Brighton, CO, 80601, Phone: 303-659-6005
, barrlake@csn.net

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.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Denver Area - The largest city in Colorado, Denver is a major transportation hub for those coming to the mountains.

Colorado State Parks - Official State Parks Website


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