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Bear Creek Lake

Bear Creek Lake

A picture perfect shoreline just outside of Denver

army corpse lake Bear Creek Lake offers countless ways to spend your day outside. Photo by Ken Papleo.

A picture-perfect shoreline just outside of Denver, Bear Creek Lake exemplifies Federal, State and municipal cooperation in managing public lands.

The U S Army Corps of Engineers administers this small but picturesque 205-acre reservoir that offers fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing. Anglers know the lake for its smallmouth bass, but rainbow trout, saugeye, yellow perch, walleye and the elusive tiger muskie also bite. State and municipal partner agencies manage a swimming beach, and offer additional water-based activities like sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.

The 2,600 acres of land around the lake offer trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and birding (with luck, you might spot a Great Horned Owl). State and municipal agencies also offer campgrounds and picnic shelters. Together, the partners offer year-round recreation to city folk, suburbanites and out-of-town visitors alike.

For more information about Bear Creek Lake, visit the Recreation.gov Bear Creek Lake facility page or call 303.987.7111.


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Visit Denver.org and Colorado.com for more information and search Recreation.gov for campgrounds and other nearby sites.