What does the Bear Creek Lake Park entrance fee include?
The entrance fee allows access to park trails, the swim beach, archery range, fishing, boating and the Visitor Center. Additional fees apply to horseback riding, boat rentals, camping and the water ski school.
More Information: Bear Creek Lake Park
Are the swim beach picnic shelters available for reservation?
No. The two shelters at the beach are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. The nearest shelter available for rent is Meadowlark Cove.
Is Bear Creek Lake Park a Colorado State Park and will my state park pass work?
No, Bear Creek Lake Park is NOT a Colorado State Park. The park is managed by the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division. A state park pass is not valid.
Is a state fishing license required to fish? Can I buy one at the park?
Yes, a valid state fishing license is required for anyone 16 or older to fish within the park. Licenses are not available for purchase at the park, but may be purchased at nearby sporting good stores.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass good for one year from the date of purchase?
The annual park pass is valid for the calendar year only. The coming year park passes go on sale December 1.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass transferable?
No, the annual park pass is NOT transferable and must be permanently affixed to the windshield to be valid.
What park trails are paved?
The Bear Creek Trail and the connector trail for the C-470 trail are the only paved trails in the park. All other trails are soft surface.
Are dogs allowed on the swim beach?
Dogs are allowed in the turf grass areas at the beach but are not permitted on the sand.
Does the camping reservation fee include a daily park pass?
Yes. A daily park pass is included with the camping fee.
Are camp fires permitted?
Yes, fires are permitted within designated fire rings only and must be fully extinguished when unattended. Be aware that a county fire ban can override this at anytime.
Is there an after hours entrance to the campground?
Yes. The after hours entrance can be accessed from C-470. Please call the park Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 for directions. The after hours entrance is not available during regular park hours.
How many nights can I camp for?
You may camp for up to 14 nights in a 30-day period.
How many people can stay in the yurt?
The yurt has single bunk beds for four people. One tent is allowed onsite. A total of six people may stay at the yurt site.
How close is the campground to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
The campground is about 5-10 minutes by car from Red Rocks.
Is there a shuttle service to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
No. Campers will need to make their own arrangements to and from concerts.
What should I do if I encounter a baby animal or baby bird?
Leave it alone! Often times, wildlife will leave their young alone as a way to protect them from predators. Young wildlife are born with strong survival instincts and the mother’s behavior is geared toward protecting them. The mother will periodically come back to check on her young. If you encounter a baby bird on the ground you may pick it up and place it on a nearby branch, back in its nest, or in a sheltered area nearby if it is safe for you to do so. Never attempt to rehabilitate a wild animal on your own! If you believe a baby has been orphaned contact your local Division of Wildlife office and they can decide what is best for the animal. Remember to always enjoy wildlife from a distance!
What should I do if I encounter injured wildlife?
Never approach an injured animal. If you encounter injured wildlife you can call your local Division of Wildlife office (DOW), Lakewood Animal Control or the park Visitor Center.
Are bear and/or mountain lion in the park?
We will occasionally see black bear or mountain lion in the park. If you encounter a bear or mountain lion never run away or turn your back on the animal. If you encounter a bear, back away slowly while giving it plenty of room to escape. If you encounter a mountain lion, make yourself big and loud while baking away slowly. Please report any bear or mountain lion sightings to the Visitor Center in person or at 303-697-6159.
Do venomous snakes live in the park?
Occasionally rattlesnakes are seen in the park. The Western Prairie Rattlesnake is native to Colorado and is usually the species we see in the park. Two other species of rattlesnake live in the state, the Midget Faded Rattlesnake and the Massassagua, which lives in eastern Colorado. If you encounter a rattlesnake, back away slowly from the area while giving the snake plenty of room to escape.
What should I do if I encounter a coyote?
Never run away or turn your back on a coyote. If you have small children or small pets with you pick them up and continue walking slowly from the area. Never approach coyotes or their dens. If the animal approaches you, make yourself big and loud and make loud noises to scare it away. You may also throw sticks or rocks toward the animal. If you have an encounter with a coyote let us know about it! You can call the Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 or visit us in person.
What species of fish can I catch in Bear Creek Reservoir?
Anglers can catch Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Saugeye, Tiger Muskie and an occasional Perch. Rainbow trout are stocked 1-2 times a month during the summer. When fishing make sure you know the bag limit of the species you are targeting and have a valid Colorado fishing license with you.
What does the volunteer bike patrol do?
The volunteer bike patrol acts as an extension of the park rangers. Volunteers patrol the trails in uniform and provide education on park rules, park and area information, and user assistance including first aid.