Bear Creek Lake Park Big Soda Lake opens to paddle craft

Published on May 27, 2020

Bear Creek Lake Park’s Big Soda Lake, 15600 Morrison Road, will reopen to on-lake approved paddle craft including paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, windsurfing, belly boats and rafts beginning Saturday, May 30. The swim beach, marina and other shore areas will remain closed to swimming and shoreline activities until further notice. The lake’s swim beach, marina and all associated activities were closed to visitors on May 9 in response to overcrowding and mandates from Colorado and Jefferson County Public Health.

“The temporary closure of Big Soda Lake in May allowed staff the opportunity to identify resources and put into place protocols to allow some limited access to the lake with strict precautions,” said Regional Park Supervisor Drew Sprafke. “We look forward to getting people back out on the water while practicing social distancing.”

Beginning Saturday, access to the lake will be clearly signed with activities that will not be allowed, including swimming, picnicking, sunbathing, wading and similar shore activities. Paddle craft users will be allowed to launch and load only, without congregating on the shoreline. Park rangers will patrol to first educate, then enforce as needed. Violators will be subject to a citation. The temporary closure to swimming and shoreline use will be reevaluated on June 30 subject to updates on public health orders from the state and county.

Visitors are welcome to continue to enjoy the regional park from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., apart from temporarily closed facilities including Big Soda Lake’s swim beach, park picnic shelters and playgrounds. The campground reopened to reservations on Tuesday, May 26, with camp sites available beginning June 1. To make a reservation, visit

 For more details on park activities and restrictions, visit or call 303-697-6159.