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Barr Lake State Park, Brighton
(4.1/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Barr Lake State Park is a Colorado state park established in 1977 in Adams County near Brighton, Colorado. The 2715acre park has 12mi of trails, including an 8.8mi trail that circles Barr Lake. Fishing and boating are allowed in the northern half of the park. The southern half is a wildlife refuge, with several wildlife viewing stations and a nature center. Numerous bald eagles spend the winter at Barr Lake and one pair nests every year. The park is popular with birders; over 350 species have been observed. The headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is inside the park on the west side of the lake. Barr Lake is fed by the Burlington Ditch, which is diverted from the South Platte River
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  • We were able to visit when the eaglets were still in the nest, and it was amazing. The hike to get to the viewing area was lovely with a multitude of breath-taking views. 
  • We had a four hour delay thanks to Spirit Air (who later cancelled our flight) and still had a rental car, so I randomly looked at a map and saw there was a lake and park within 20 min. $7 to park. Th...  more »
  • Lots of birds to see. Wish I had my telephoto camera. Very hot when we went (90's), so difficult to walk for very long. Will return when cooler weather! 
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  • Barr Lake is a great place to spend the day no matter the season. Good trails to hike the Bird viewing is excellent and Bald Eagles nest out there, beautiful site to see. Good for picnics and family cook outs.
  • Grate place to go fishing. And just to have a good time and get out side
  • What we expect from a reservoir fishing. Fun times and close with easy access.
  • I was able to return to Barr Lake after 21 years! This time it was warmer weather and there were a lot of waterfowl to gander at; from Cranes, Ducks, Sandpipers, Pelicans. I spotted the huge eagles' next and wondered if there were any bald eagles around. And I happened upon them, based on their plumage they were not full adults yet. Lots of birds of prey in the area. It would be nice to traverse the 8 mile lake, perhaps one day soon... Looks like some amazing sunsets/sunrises can be seen from here.
  • The lake is huge, with a flat 14er trail around the lake. There is a boat ramp and fishing area as well as a designated preserve area. The trails were well kept.