There's something for every type of outdoors person - from the fishing enthusiast and boater to the naturalist - at Barr Lake State Park, a short drive northeast of the Denver area. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities, nature hikers and horseback riders enjoy the level 8.8-mile multi-use trail that circles the lake, passing by several wildlife viewing stations and the parks wildlife refuge. More than 350 species of birds have been spotted in the park. Numerous bald eagles winter at Barr Lake and one pair stays to nest and raise its young every year. Barr Lake's Nature Center has displays about the park's wildlife and you can have your questions answered by a naturalist. Visit the Division of Wildflife for more information. Fishing enthusiasts and boaters, including kayakers and canoeists enjoy the lakes calm waters: Powerboats are limited to electric trolling or gasoline motors 10 horsepower or less. Channel catfish, small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie are among the species that inhabit the waters of Barr Lake. Get Colorado boating registration and regulation information.

Nice picnic area, shade and bathrooms. Also casual walk around lake, 9 miles total. Bring water and $7 to get into the park!

Super nice, well-maintained walking trail and boardwalk along one side of Barr Lake. Highly recommend for an easy stroll with nice views and lots of birds.

This is one of the best trails in Barr Lake State Park. The boardwalk is a neat area to see birds and walk through giant trees. There are a lot of mosquitos both during high water and in autumn/fall when water recedes, so beware of that.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This would have gotten more stars if we hadn't done it in the heat of July. This trail is plenty flat and easy but SOOOOO HOT! Not much cover/shade and what is there is full of blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Luckily some kind soul left a bottle of Off on the trail so we were saved. Bring plenty of water-we ran out. Highlights included seeing the train go by 5 feet from where we were walking and a baby dear bedded down next to the water. Try this one in the fall. FYI, the directions that pop up for this hike are wrong. Enter via the Barr Lake Park entrance.