Expect large crowds at Bear Creek Lake Park on July 4

Published on June 29, 2020

The swim beach on the July 4 holiday, 2019.

(Photo: Record numbers at Bear Creek Lake Park in 2019.) 

Bear Creek Lake Park's 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. With limited options across the Front Range for Fourth of July festivities and a reopening of the swim beach in June, Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, is expecting record attendance. The park hosted over 6,000 people on the holiday in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a record number of visitors to the park this year even when the swim beach and other amenities were closed.

"Similar to last year, if the park reaches capacity on the Fourth of July, no reentry will be allowed, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early, have the $10 daily entry fee payment ready or have purchased an annual pass," said Regional Park Supervisor Drew Sprafke. "Last year the park reached capacity and the entrance was closed by 11 a.m."

The park gates open at 6 a.m. during the summer. Typical wait times are approximately 10 minutes or more on a weekend day. If the park reaches maximum 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 the extra police patrols working the holiday weekend.

For more details on park activities, visit Lakewood.org/BCLP or call 303-697-6159.

Visitors should note:

  • Masks are recommended.
  • Keep a 6-foot physical distance from members outside your household.
  • There is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Personal charcoal grills, glass and any alcohol other than beer are prohibited.
  • Boat ramps are closed to any boat requiring an A.N.S. inspection.
  • Each person aboard watercraft 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.

Other swim beaches in the metro area including Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park and Aurora Reservoir have also reopened with restrictions.