Bear Creek Lake Park anticipates large crowds on July 4

Published on June 27, 2022

A crowd spends time on the Bear Creek Lake Park beach.

Tips for best access to enjoy a day at the beach.

June 27, 2022 – Bear Creek Lake Park’s sandy swim beach at Big Soda Lake has been one of the most popular spots for Lakewood residents and visitors from throughout metro Denver to enjoy the summer season. Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, is once again expecting record attendance for Fourth of July festivities after hosting over 5,000 people during the holiday weekend in 2021.

“Arrive early, with the $10 entry fee or annual pass in hand, to secure a coveted spot on the swim beach or enjoy use of the marina,” said Regional Park Supervisor Drew Sprafke. “The park reaches capacity every Fourth of July holiday, and the entrance and access to the beach and marina can close as early as 11 a.m.” 

The park gates open at 6 a.m. during the summer. Typical wait times to enter the park are approximately 10 minutes or more on a weekend day. If the park reaches capacity, the entrance will be closed, potentially for the remainder of the day. Parking is not allowed on Morrison Road outside the park. Violators will be subject to a citation by police patrols working the holiday weekend. 

Visitors are welcome to swim from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the swim beach daily through Labor Day. Other watersport options in the park include water ski and waterboard lessons and rentals of paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks from Rocky Mountain Paddleboard.

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

Visitors should note:

  • There is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Pool-type play toys are allowed within wading depth of the lake shoreline.
  • Personal charcoal grills, glass and any alcohol other than beer are prohibited.
  • Each person aboard any watercraft including paddleboards must have a properly fitting life jacket on board, and any children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times.

Lakewood offers several options for water access including three outdoor pools, a spray park and splash pad. Learn more at Other swim beaches in the metro area include Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park, Boulder Reservoir and Aurora Reservoir.

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