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“Here Birdie Birdie:” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barr Lake State Park

Barr Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Brighton
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Owner description: A premier Colorado spot for birdwatching.
Indian Hills, Colorado
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213 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Here Birdie Birdie:”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Barr Lake State Park is Colorado's birding park. The visitor's center is totally geared to area birds; and their interactions with other wildlife. There are bird feeders around the visitor's center that lure in clouds of little birds. There is even an indoor air conditioned observation room with a comfortable couch to watch.
Hiking is available on prepared, well signed trails. My favorite is the trail to the boardwalk that goes through the wetlands. All hikes are level and easy.
Barr Lake itself is a carp filled mess. It belongs to an irrigation company that clearly does not care for its property. Water levels are kept way below full. In the last 20 years; I have never seen water fill to the wetlands where the trails are. The lake was nearly dry the day we visited.
Colorado does maintain the shore facilities quite nicely. There are picnic areas, play areas, and clean restrooms at the visitor's center.
Limited hunting is available during regular season.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Colorado
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Buggy!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

We tried to go fishing there last summer. The canal next to the lake was very long with standing water. The bugs were unbearable. Never did find a good fishing place because of weeds. The high light was Eagles and nest.

Visited June 2011
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1 Thank ColoradoMountainMom
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fort lupton
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fishing,birds,family backpacks,NO CAMPING”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Barr lake is a fun place to visit with the kids.Go to the nature center and they have crafts and MANY things to explore.This is one of the Colorado state parks that have a family backpack program.You just go to the desk,ask for a backpack and it is free to use for the day.There is a playground,boat launch,LOTS of birds(including a nesting eagle pair),separate horse and RV parking,fishing..etc
You can NOT camp at Barr lake

Visited April 2012
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