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Boating and Fishing

Boating and Fishing at Bear Creek Lake Park

General Fishing Information


  • The lake is stocked once or twice per month in the summer.
  • Fish species include rainbow trout, saugeye, small-mouth bass, yellow perch and the occasional tiger muskie or walleye.
  • All state fishing and boating regulations apply and are enforced.
  • Ice fishing allowed at your own risk.

Special Fishing Regulations

Bear Creek Lake

  • Minimum size for walleye/saugeye is 15 inches.
  • Only one saugeye longer than 21 inches can be taken per day.

Bear Creek River

  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • Bag and possession limit for trout (except rainbow) is 2.
  • All rainbow trout must be returned to the water immediately.

Boat Inspections

To help prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species, inspections are required for all motorized boats, sailboats and fishing boats prior to launching on Bear Creek Reservoir or Big Soda Lake.
More information on boat inspections.

Soda Lakes Water Ski School, Little Soda Lake

  • Water ski and wakeboard lessons for all ability levels
  • Organized children's classes throughout the summer
  • Reservations are recommended
  • Visit Soda Lakes Water Ski School website or 303-697-0121

Boating Information

Boating Hours
(does not apply to non-motorized canoes, kayaks, rafts, paddleboats, windsurfers or belly boats)

The boat ramps at Bear Creek Reservoir and Big Soda Lake will be open from park opening until 2 hours before park closing. No boats will be allowed to launch after this time.

Boat Launch Hours

  • Boat ramps closed November 15 - March 15 annually
  • March 15 - April 30: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • November 1 - November 15: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

General Guidelines

  • Boating on Bear Creek Reservoir is limited to a motor size of 10hp or less.
  • Big Soda Lake is limited to non-motorized boats only.
  • No private boats are permitted on Little Soda Lake.


Contact Information:

Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center
15600 W. Morrison Rd.
Lakewood, CO 80465
Direct: 303-697-6159 | Email:

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