Barr Lake State Park

Barr Lake State park north of Denver
Barr Lake State park north of Denver draws birders and naturalists. | Photo by entropy /

Barr Lake State Park
Location: Adams County, south of Brighton

Barr Lake State Park, located just north of metro Denver, is loved by fishermen, boaters, birders and all other fans of nature.

An 8.8-mile trail around the lake connects visitors with the wildlife refuge and wildlife viewing stations. Eagles are often spotted there, as well hundreds of other species of birds. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

A motorized cart is available for naturalist-guided tours from May through September.

The lake, open to fishing and some boating, is home to bass, rainbow trout, catfish, walleye and other fish. Kayaks and canoes are welcome.

The Meadowlark Pavilion holds up to 100 people for picnics or outdoor activities.

Barr Lake State Park office
13401 Picadilly Road
Brighton, CO 80603
Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishing allowed past 10 p.m.
(303) 655-1495
Park e-mail

Barr Lake Nature Center
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
(303) 659-6005
Park e-mail