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Get to Know Your Greenway
Bear Creek Lake Park

By: J.J. Clark
SPREE Staff Writer
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The Bear Creek Project, built as flood control for the Bear Creek and the Turkey Creek, was completed in 1982.  The park is located eight miles upstream of the Bear Creek-South Platt River confluence, and in case of a flood can hold back up to 80,000 acre-feet of water!  While flood control is its primary purpose, the lakes and surrounding area in the park are used for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, events, picnics, horseback riding, archery, camping, and much more.  For a full list of activities click here.

Day Trips

You can ride your bike into the park for free if you ride in using the Bear Creek Trail that starts at the confluence of the Bear Creek and the South Platte River.  If you chose to drive, there is a five-dollar vehicle fee.  Whether you are on foot from the car or on wheels with your bike, there are countless trails that circumvent the three major lake water features, follow the Bear Creek and Turkey Creek, and lead you through a 2600 acre open space full of wildlife and views of the mountains.  The park is located in the foothills and from certain locations Red Rocks Amphitheater is visible.  The taller foothills to the west are visible from anywhere in the park and create a wonderful backdrop for hiking and taking pictures.

Events and Spaces

Bear Creek Lake Park offers year round organized events (up to date list here), as well as large campgrounds and shade structures that can be reserved and rented out for your own event.  The park has boat rental facilities, a water ski school, archery targets, or horse riding spaces to choose from.  The swim beach is open for swimming during the warmer months of the year and has full service bathrooms adjacent to the water.  There are trails of varying difficulty throughout the park that run through beautiful open spaces, or parallel with the Bear Creek. Nearly any trail you choose will cross over Turkey Creek or Bear Creek, or run along the creeks and lakes. 

You can rent out one of their shade structure spaces and have a birthday party or any kind of celebration surrounded by amazing views of Colorado's foothills and prairie.  You will be surrounded by rabbit brush, cottonwood trees, and plenty of space to explore during your celebration. 

Whether you need a day to explore nature close to home, or want to learn how to water ski, Bear Creek Lake Park has it all. Take a day for yourself and go explore the trails of Bear Creek Lake Park!

Get to Know Your Greenway is written by SPREE staffer J.J. Clark.  Each month, J.J. explores a park along the South Platte River and ties the history of the park into his commentary.  Want to talk to J.J. about where he has been this month?  Email him at: