Barr Lake State Park, Brighton
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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 RiverUsing our international travel planner, Brighton attractions like Barr Lake State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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... read 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!
This park is a great place to relax for a few hours. We enjoyed some easy hiking. I'm not really a birdwatcher, but the quantity and variety of birds we encountered here was amazing. The visitors cent... read more »
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.
Such a wonderful place to go birding. You can see so many species year round. In the summer you can see many orioles, as well as warblers and nesting eagles and cormorants, as well as a ton of other species. The Eagle Express ride is a cool way to experience it all too. Bring your Binoculars! :) The staff is amazing too!
Great sized park, it seems like it has a lot to do. I had a problem entering the park, and getting around to the better shaded areas. The area isnt that great for fishing. There are a lot of fish, just not many good places to throw your line in the water.
Staff was super nice...water was gorgeous .... They ask that you bring a whistle, life jackets, and have you name/number marked inside the vessel....no swimming ... Saw a massive fish while kayaking
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