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"Take Me Fishing" event
Saturday, July 20

Kids, bring your family and join us for a morning of fun! Poles are free, bait is provided, and volunteers will be on hand to assist!

Basic Family Fishing
Saturday, July 20

Join us for a free fishing clinic to learn some basics about fishing. We will meet at the Amphitheater. Ages 15 and under do not require a fishing license. A park pass is required. Please register with to reserve your spot.

Boyd Lake State Park: Lake Appreciation Day 2019
Saturday, July 20

Boyd Lake State Park is proud to announce its sixth annual "Lake Appreciation Day" to be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event is held annually to celebrate the importance of Boyd Lake to the community for recreation, drinking water, irrigation, and wildlife habitat, and to increase public awareness of the importance of water safety. We are pleased to partner with some local organizations, as well as CPW/ park staf that will provide a unique experience to Park visitors. Some of the activities include: • Colorado Boating Safety awareness and safety tips and kid's activities including t-shirt coloring, • Loveland Dive Rescue personnel & truck and boat on display; • Fishing Clinic; • Scheel's sporting good store exhibit; • Lake Appreciation Day giveaways; • Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Q & A booth- learn about mussels and plants; • Try out your skills on free trial of a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) provided by Mountain Rentals Inc., a concessionaire located at the Swim Beach building!

Fly Fishing: Learn the Basics
Wednesday, July 24

Learn the art and skill of fly-fishing with Naturalist Linda! Gear provided. 8 and up

Kids Only Fishing Clinic
Sunday, July 28

Join us for a kids only free fishing clinic to learn some basics about fishing. We will meet at the Amphitheater. Ages 15 and under do not require a fishing license. A park pass is required. Meet at the Amphitheater.

Ladies Day Outdoors - Fly Fishing 101
Wednesday, August 7

Join our rangers and naturalists for variety of activities intended to introduce you to outdoor fun and sport. All activities held at Barr Lake State Park

Mentor Day
Saturday, August 10

Kids 18 & under will want to join us to learn more about outdoor skills! Representatives from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Sportsmen's Alliance, Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever & Environmental Learning for Kids will be here to teach kids outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing and more.

"Take Me Fishing" event
Saturday, August 17

Kids, bring your family and join us for a morning of fun! Poles are free, bait is provided, and volunteers will be on hand to assist!

No Child Left Inside
Saturday, September 14

Join us for a series of fun, festivities, and prizes as we encourage children and their families to #LiveLifeOutside. We have a comprehensive list of things to do when you're a kid and we want to help you do it! More details as our schedule develops!

9th Annual Dutch oven & Chili Cook-off @ Jackson Lake State Park
Saturday, September 21

The purpose for this Dutch oven and Chili cook-off is to have fun, to enjoy good food, to share our enthusiasm for chili and Dutch oven cooking, to get outdoors, and the use of state’s natural resources.


Colorado Fishing Atlas ​

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’ve never picked up a rod before, finding a place t​o fish in Colorado has never been easier!

The Colorado Fishing Atlas, the latest interactive mapping tool offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species, specific interest or proximity to your home or destination. Use the simple map interface to locate and view recommended opportunities for the family, remote fly fishing or ice fishing.

Additional information such as handicap accessible fishing access, stocked waters, boat ramps, special fishing regulations, stream gages (including links to real-time data), license agents and Gold Medal waters is included on top of Bing ™ street maps, USGS topographic maps or high-resolution color aerial photography.

The Fishing Resource Report provides a printable report of all nearby Fishing Information Points and associated species, CPW, BLM and USFS Offices, emergency facilities, campgrounds and license agents within a chosen distance of a map click location.

Spend a few minutes viewing a series of short video tutorials to learn about all the great new features or jump right in and start scouting from the comfort of your home today using the Colorado Fishing Atlas.


​Maps of Statewide Fishing Waters

Fishing map graphic

Fish map QR codeLooking for a new place to fish? Browse and download our Statewide Fishing Waters maps​ that help anglers navigate the special regulations on some of Colorado's popular rivers, streams and lakes. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife maps depict special fishing rules for the areas.

​Scan the QR code to store the maps on your smartphone. 

101 (+) Places to Take a Kid Fishing

Go Fishing - Tips to Get Kids Started Video


101 Places to Take a Kid Fishing mapWith our interactive map, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot for a memorable family fishing adventure. These fishing spots have been selected for their features and amenities, making them great spots to take a kid fishing. See 101 (+) Places to Take A Kid Fishing.

Annual fishing licenses are now available. Licenses can be purchased at any license agent, CPW office​, online or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​​

Hot Spots

​Fishing in Colorado means opportunity & a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.

Colorado's 315 miles of Gold Medal streams provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These waters are managed to ensure populations of big fish.

Fishing Colorado's Hot Spots highlights just some of the variety Colorado has to offer anglers.

Fly Fishing Colorado, DVD

​​Purchase "Fly Fishing C​olorado" for a feature-length video journal of major fly-fishing events and top destinations for all species. Fly fishers of all skill levels will benefit from this comprehensive look at year-round fly fishing opportunities in Colorado. Each monthly entry is filled with action at recommended destinations, fly-fishing techniques, major insect hatches, and proven fly patterns. An innovative chapter menu allows the user to navigate quickly through the pages of a fly-fisher's journal for an entire year. The Fly Fishing Colorado DVD is available in our online store!​​​​​