Expect large crowds at Bear Creek Lake Park on July 4

Published on June 28, 2021

Big Soda Lake and beach area.

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 6,000 people on the holiday in 2020.

"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 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 the extra police patrols working the holiday weekend.

Visitors are welcome to swim from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the swim beach each day through Labor Day. Other watersport options in the park include water ski and waterboard lessons and rentals of paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and sailboats from Soda Lakes Marina.

For more details on park activities, visit Lakewood.org/BCLP 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.
  • Boat ramps are closed to any boat requiring an A.N.S. inspection.
  • 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.

For those looking to avoid the beach crowds, Lakewood offers three outdoor pools, a spray park and splash pad. Learn more at Lakewood.org/OutdoorPools. Other swim beaches in the metro area include Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park, Boulder Reservoir and Aurora Reservoir.