There’s something for every type of outdoors person – from the fishing enthusiast and boater to the naturalist – at Barr Lake State Park, a short drive northeast of the Denver area.

Bicyclists of all ages and abilities, nature hikers and horseback riders enjoy the level 8.8-mile multi-use trail that circles the lake, passing by several wildlife viewing stations and the park’s wildlife refuge. More than 350 species of birds have been spotted in the park.

Numerous bald eagles winter at Barr Lake and one pair stays to nest and raise its young every year. Barr Lake’s Nature Center has displays about the park’s wildlife and you can have your questions answered by a naturalist. 

Fishing enthusiasts and boaters, including kayakers and canoeists, enjoy the lake’s calm waters as powerboats are limited to electric trolling or gasoline motors 10 horsepower or less. Channel catfish, small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie are among the species that inhabit the waters of Barr Lake. Get Colorado boating registration and regulation information.

Barr Lake State Park Colorado

Eagle video by Colorado State Parks, site videos by Colinda de Groen

Location

Barr Lake State Park
13401 Picadilly Road
Brighton, CO, 80603

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Hours

Park Hours
5 AM – 10 PM, Fishing Is Allowed All Night

Office Hours
Nature Center Is Open Monday Through Sunday, 9 am To 4 pm.

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How To Get There

Barr Lake State Park is located 18 miles northeast of Denver. From the city, go east on I-76 and take exit 22 onto Bromley Lane. Turn right and go east on East 152nd Avenue for 0.9 miles. Turn right onto Picadilly Road and go two miles to the park entrance. Parking can be made at the nature center.

Contact Details

Phone Numbers:
(720)-520-1876
(303) 659-6005

Email Addresses:
dnr_barrlake.naturecenter@state.co.us​
barr.lake.nature.center@state.co.us

Official Website: Barr Lake State Park

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Barr Lake State Park Colorado Adventures:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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Barr Lake State Park is a must-visit state park in Colorado. Check out other state parks in Colorado here.

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