Bear Creek Lake Park

Bear Creek Lake Park Reservoir Dock

The Bear Creek Lake Park Campground is open April 1st- October 31st. Reservations for the this season are now available. Next year's reservations will be available beginning January 2, 2025 at 10 a.m.

Bear Creek Lake Park is a 2,624-acre gem that provides opportunities to hike, picnic, camp, fish, boat, windsurf, mountain or road bike, hit the swim beach or head to the archery range.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Open House

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at the Red Rocks Baptist Church (14711 W Morrison Rd). The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to learn about a proposed gate replacement of two service and two emergency gates at Bear Creek Dam and solicit public input.

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Park users are welcome to send comments to for the project.



 The 2024 Annual Pass is on sale now.

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2024 Annual Pass  
Annual passes are on sale in December. Passes are valid from date of purchase and expire on Dec. 31 of the pass calendar year. Passes are available for purchase online, at the park entrance station or at the Visitor's Center. Keep your email receipt until you receive your annual pass sticker in the mail.

General: $80 
Senior (62+)/Person With Disabilities: $50
Each additional vehicle*: $30

*Additional vehicle passes must be registered to the same address. They can only be purchased in-person with proof of vehicle registration.

Thank you for your support of Bear Creek Lake Park. Your fees support the visitor experience and protect resources for generations to come.

Day Pass (per vehicle)

Cash and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) accepted.

General: $10
Seniors (age 62 and older): $5
Person with Disabilities: $5 



Trail construction

None at this time. View the Lakewood Trail Map for up-to-date trail conditions.

Events and park areas impacted:

4/17 – Adult Archery 5:30 - 7p.m. Registration required.

4/20 – Earth Day Volunteer Event Located in the Greenbelt. Registration required.

4/24 – Family Archery 5:30 - 7p.m. Registration required.

4/27 – BCLP Trout Fishing Tournament Bear Creek Reservoir. Registration required.

5/4 – Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club Meet

5/11 – Migratory Bird Day at the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center  

5/18 – Paddle the Rockies SUP Race Big Soda Lake

5/22 – Adult Archery 5:30 - 7p.m. Registration required.

5/29 – Family Archery 5:30-  7p.m. Registration required.

June and July– Summer Campfire Program Every Saturday at 7:30 pm at the visitor center, no registration required!

6/1 – National Trails Day

6/1 – Let’s Go Fishing. Registration Required.

6/26, 7/24– Melee Mountain Bike Race Series

September -Lakewood Trail Running Series. Come out to Bear Creek Lake Park on Wednesday evenings in September for in-person races.

9/7 – Littlefoot TriathlonExpect impact to most park roads and trails.

9/14 – Paddle the Rockies SUP Race

9/28 – National Public Lands Day

9/28 & 9/29 The Bear Chase Race Endurance Festival is a 100K, 50 Mile, 50K, Half Marathon and the Baby Bear 10K trail race. Expect runners on most park trails

10/12 – Experience Haunted Trail Bear Creek Lake Park in all its magic with an evening of ghostly trails and tales! Costumes encouraged.

10/19 – Great Trailhead RaceExpect runners on most park trails.

12/21 – Winter Solstice. Celebrate the first day of winter with a guided night hike. At the hikes, conclusion gather around the campfire for a marshmallow roast and celebration.

A variety of events are permitted within the City of Lakewood's parks each year.  Special events within the city are regulated by Lakewood Municipal Code, sections 9.32.030 and 9.32.120. 

Special events can include the following:

  • Any organized competitive or noncompetitive event
  • Non-recreational park uses
  • Commercial uses
  • Filming
  • Groups needing to reserve a park area
  • Group use involving more than 25 people
  • Rallies
  • Any other use that may conflict with established park uses, policies or rules.

Application Instructions

Reservations for all park picnic shelters are available through the end of the year. Pools and Surfside are open as of Memorial Day weekend. All parks except Bear Creek Lake Park use the Community and Event Application.

In order to host an event, an organizer must submit a completed event application form to the Regional Parks Supervisor for review and approval. Most events will also be required to submit a non-refundable application fee.  

Community and Event Application

Bear Creek Lake Park Event Application

Photo/Video Permit Request

Event Approval Guidelines

  • Based on the recommendations in the park Master Plan, trail-based events will not be allowed at William Frederick Hayden Park. Certain parking lot and educational events may be approved, including mountain bike demonstrations and filming permits.
  • Events requesting the use of the Bear Creek Greenbelt will need special review and may not be allowed. This park has limited parking and high use in a narrow corridor. It is not well-suited for large events.

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15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO 80228  View Map

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