The winter landscape at Steamboat Lake provides wildlife watching opportunities. Bird watchers can expect to see mountain chickadees, pine grosbeaks, bald eagles and occasionally, black rosy-finches. Elk and moose frequent the area along with foxes, pine marten and long-tailed weasels that have turned white for winter. Note: If you encounter a moose on a trail, use an alternate route or allow the moose time to leave the area. Please keep dogs leashed. Read more tips for interacting with moose.
There are also great chances to catch some beautiful rainbow trout from our famous Gold-Medal water. Ice fishing is very successful and there is easy, family-friendly ice access in the Marina and Placer Coves.
There is a groomed Nordic Center that allows all non-motorized activities. Groomed trails have set tracks for both classic and skate skiing. There is a marked and packed snowshoe trail that takes visitors across snowy fields and up over a forested hill to beautiful mountain views. Trails are never crowded, but those looking for a backcountry experience will find areas to go explore by ski or snowshoe on their own.
Motorized snow sports are a great way to gain access into the forest and have fun. Steamboat Lake has five miles of groomed multi-use trails that access the 145 miles of trails into the National Forest. Maps, registrations and trail permits are all available at the Visitor Center.
Local businesses provide food, lodging, gas and snowmobile rentals for the area. In addition, electrical winter camping and camper cabins are also available at the park.
The Visitor Center has many informational displays about the history and natural resources of the area. There are comfortable sitting areas where winter recreationalists can warm up and a friendly staff and that can help answer questions and direct you to your next adventure at Steamboat Lake State Park.
Nature Center's GRAND RE-OPENINGSaturday, April 1
Help us celebrate the Grand Re-opening of our Nature Center with cake, ice cream and fun!
Bald Eagle Nesting via the Eagle ExpressSunday, April 2
Make a date to come to Barr Lake for bald eagle viewing! If all goes well, eaglets hatch in late March.
Full Moon WalkTuesday, April 11
Explore Barr Lake At dusk! Envision yourself taking a short brisk evening walk with Park Naturalist Larry.
Saturday Guided Bird WalkSaturday, April 22
Grab your binoculars and field guide, or check out a loaner set of ours, and enjoy an exciting morning of birding at Barr Lake. Park Naturalists introduce birders of all ability levels to Barr Lake's feathered residents and migrants.
Celebrate Earth Day & Barr Lake's 40th AnniversarySaturday, April 22
Come celebrate Earth Day AND the 40th Anniversary of Barr Lake State Park with many fun activities.
Saturday Guided Bird WalksSaturday, April 29
Moose FestivalSaturday, August 12
Come celebrate Colorado's Moose! Featuring moose talks, kid's games and crafts, music, guided hikes, lunch, and moose viewing!
Wildlife Viewing Guides
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Deer & Elk
Select a pin point for a description of the location and wildlife viewing information. There are over 200 sites to choose from. These sites are also published on the official Map to Colorado. Order yours today (included with the Vacation Guide). Look for the brown wildlife viewing signs at (most) location destinations. Download our wildlife viewing tips and checklist to use on your next wildlife viewing adventure.