Whether you’re a local of the Mile-High city or visiting from afar, Barr Lake State Park and its RV park should be at the top of your destination list. With plenty of fish and over 1,950 acres of open water, Barr Lake has it all.
Big Catches at Barr Lake
Fishermen have been known to reel in catfish, small and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskellenge. The largest recently reported is a 10lb, 21-inch Walleye and a 10lb Rainbow Trout. These calm waters are perfect for some relaxing fishing and catching some big fish. The rules of the park don’t allow anything bigger than trolling motors, so the waters stay calm.
Barr Lake also offers a multitude of different options whereby to cast your reel. Included in the many places from which to fish are the shore, bridges and docks. If so desired, you can go out on the lake too. Feel free to launch your boat from the boat ramp or hand launch it from the north shore of this beautiful lake.
While you are not allowed to camp inside this State Park, Barr Lake RV Park is just down the road and offers campers a peaceful, convenient opportunity to relax and enjoy everything about Colorado. Amenities include restrooms, laundromat, showers, dumping stations propane, a snack bar and games such as basketball, horseshoes and volleyball.
Enjoy meals near the water or at designated picnic areas on the shore. Each picnic area is equipped with grills, tables, shade and an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains.
If you’re an avid fisherman who wants a little peace and quiet, Barr Lake State Park has you covered. Send your family off to experience all that this state park has to offer while you snag that big catch. With 12 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails, a nature center, and guided tours, there’s something for everyone to do – even hunting and archery. There are over 350 species of birds, including bald eagles that call this area home, so keep your camera handy!
Colorado Parks & Wildlife regulate this park and there is a small $8.00 fee upon entrance. Fishing is prohibited on the south side of the lake, which is also known as a wildlife refuge. Rainbow trout are stocked from March to May, and all other species of fish are stocked all year around.
Launch your motorized boat from the ramp Thursday through Sunday and hand launch your boat any day of the week. Be advised – only sailboats, hand-propelled craft like kayaks and canoes and boats with electric trolling motors or gasoline motors of 10 horsepower or less are permitted.
Always plan ahead before coming to Barr Lake to fish, especially during the summer months. This lake’s water levels are known to fluctuate from time to time and you could find yourself in shallow water. However, walleye and catfish tend to swim in the shallower waters, so this could be used to your advantage.
Water near the shore tends to be murky; however, the further away from the shore, the clearer the water.
Bring a variety of lures and bait with you to increase your chances of catching a variety of fish. Unlike other popular lakes in and around Denver, Barr Lake is typically quiet. There’s no need to worry about too many fishermen on these shores; and swimming, wading and diving are prohibited year around.
Winter months are a great time to get out on the water. Ice fishing on Barr Lake holds some of its’ best fishing. Take precautions though; because, just like in the summer months, the levels and temperature of this water can fluctuate which can lead to unstable ice.
All boats are thoroughly inspected upon entering the north side of the park. Get up early (Barr Lake is open from 5am to 10pm everyday), get out on the water, catch dinner and head back to the campground to talk about your day of fun.
To contact Barr Lake, click here or call (303) 655-1495.
1. Entrance to Barr Lake State Park
2. Jumping Rainbow Trout
3. Rocky Mountains View
4. Barr Lake Boat Ramp
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