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.
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Barr Lake State Park
- 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.
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.