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Bear Creek Lake Park

Number: 303-697-6159

Address:     15600 W Morrison Rd, Lakewood CO 80228

Park May-September  6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  March, April, October  7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  November-February  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Swim Beach

Memorial Day - Labor Day     
 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Visitor's Center     

 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.




    Flooding due to high runoff and precipitation continues to impact various parts of the park, resulting in several closures noted below.  Patrons are welcome to continue using unaffected areas.


    Closed Areas include:

    • The north park road and bike/pedestrian access over the dam.
    • Reservable Shelters: Pelican Point, Mountain View and Coyote Crossing picnic areas. 
    • Most park dirt trails are closed. The paved Bear Creek Trail remains open; however flood waters may be encountered.
    • Motorized or trailered boats on Bear Creek Reservoir.
    • Cyclists will need to detour on the paved Bear Creek Trail over Mount Carbon or on Morrison Road.


    Open Areas for Recreation:

    • Indian Paintbrush Campground, Cabins and Yurts
    • Swim beach
    • Visitor Center
    • Boat Rentals
    • Riding Stables
    • Ski School
    • Bear Creek Trail
    • Reservable Shelters: Skunk Hollow, Meadowlark Cove. (Other picnic shelters are available throughout the park on a first come basis.)


    High water remains near flooding levels of fall 2013, and due to flood prevention requirements may be expected to rise and fall over the next several weeks.


    We apologize for any inconvenience the flooding may cause recreation patrons, but the reservoir and dam are safely capturing high runoff, as they were built to do, to prevent downstream flooding in residential areas. 


    We will post updates as conditions change.

    View current water levels


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Contact Information:

Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center
15600 W. Morrison Rd.
Lakewood, CO 80465
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