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Bear Creek Lake Park expected to see record attendance

Tips for best access for a day at the beach


June 15, 2018 – As hot, dry weather settles in for the summer, Bear Creek Lake Park’s sandy swim beach at Big Soda Lake is a popular spot for Lakewood residents, visitors from throughout metro Denver and campers. This year, Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, is expecting higher than normal attendance due to the season-long closure of nearby Chatfield Reservoir’s swim beach.


If the park reaches capacity, no re-entry will be allowed, so visitors are encouraged to arrive prepared with any supplies they will need for a full day of fun. If the park reaches maximum capacity the entrance will be closed for a minimum of a two hour period.


“The park gates open at 6 a.m. during the summer. For your best chances at getting a great spot on the beach, plan to arrive before 7 a.m.,” said Regional Park Supervisor Drew Sprafke. “We’re already experiencing wait times at the park entrance of 10 minutes or more. In order to expedite entry, visitors can arrive early and have the $10 daily entry fee payment ready when they reach the entrance station or have purchased an annual pass in advance.”


Visitors are welcome to swim from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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 details on park activities and restrictions, visit 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.
  • Boats must be inspected prior to launching.
  • Each person aboard watercraft must have a properly fitting lifejacket 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 Other swim beaches in the metro area include Cherry Creek State Park, Boulder Reservoir and Aurora Reservoir.

Posted on: Friday, June 15, 2018