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.
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Groups of outdoor lovers can now make their next outing an event at Barr Lake’s new Meadowlark Picnic Pavilion, which can handle 100 people and has easy access to the trails.
The Eagle Express—a motorized 13 passenger cart—takes bird watchers on naturalist-guided tours on Barr Lake’s trails weekends from mid-May through September.
Eagle Express Rides will begin again in January 2014. It will be a great time to see the wintering eagles.