Autumn at Barr Lake

2019OCT12 harvest fest draft 1Autumn is an exciting season at Barr Lake.  Our premier event is our 7th Annual Harvest Festival on October 12th. So much fun, and so much to do!

There are tons of other events planned like Friday Night Campfire Tales, Drawing from Nature, Bark in the Park, and a Halloween Trail.

If you haven’t visited Barr Lake lately, plan to visit during the Fall season when the leaves are turning, giving the park a beautiful and colorful glow.


If you visit, make sure to go out to the Gazebo and take in the amazing beauty of the Bald Eagles’ nest surrounded by incredible colors!  And watch closely for tiny birds taking advantage of the fallen leaves to hide when you approach!

Summertime, Summertime!

This summer has already been an extremely busy one at Barr Lake, with the Friends of Barr Lake hosting and supporting a ton of activities.

We’ve had birthday parties, day camps, archery lessons, overnight adventure camps, pontoon boat rides on Barr Lake, Friday Night Campfire Tales, a health and fitness expo, a celebration of International Mud Day, a kids drive-in movie, an Outdoor Mentor Day, and much more.

And there is more to come! Friday Night Campfire Tales, Our last Just at Twilight Time bike ride, meetings of our Barr Lake Birders: Kids Birder Club, Polymer Clay Workshops, Paint and Sip event, the Concert on the Prairie (to benefit the renovation of the Bergman Barn), and Toddler Story Times, just to name a few of the upcoming special activities.

Please take a look at our Upcoming Events  page for more information about out support of education, recreation  conservation a Barr Lake State Park.


Bergman Barn Renovation

Bergman Barn and Corral
Bergman Barn and Corral

Now that the construction is complete on the new fishing pier, we are starting to ramp up to try to raise $25,000 in matching grant donations to renovate the Bergman Barn and Corral on Barr Lake State Park property. This effort will start with the annual Concert on the Prairie on August 31st from 7-9 PM.  This is a unique evening where visitors can enjoy the sounds of Colorado Southern Band. All proceeds from this evening will be earmarked for this renovation project. In addition, if you would like to donate to this project, you can do so here: Bergman Barn Donations.

The Bergman Barn is one of the remaining artifacts on Barr Lake State Park property depicting the rich agricultural history of Brighton and the Barr Lake area.

Bergman Barn and Corral
Bergman Barn and Corral

Andrew Bergman and his wife Augusta Carlson were from Sweden and came to Colorado by way of Ohio.  The Bergman’s lived in southeast Colorado before arriving in the Brighton area in 1917.  They built a small house and barn east of town.  Their son, Ralph and wife Nell, lived in the small house and had two sons, Edward and Robert.  Edward died of spinal meningitis.  For a time, 1925-1936, Ralph Bergman owned the Old Stone House (Emil Bruderlin’s home).  Sometime around 1936 Ralph built a home and barn on the section of land east of the Old Stone house.  Robert and his mother lived in the home until the mid-1950’s.  The home has since been torn down and the barn and part of the corrals are all the that remain.

The first crops grown by the Bergmans were potatoes.  Later they continued to farm and raised milk cows.

Bergman Barn (29 of 35)
Bergman Barn and Corral

In addition to the restored barn there will be interpretive signs and areas for discussion.  The area will provide information and displays for self-guided tours and areas were school groups can meet to discuss the agricultural history with one of the Barr Lake State Park Naturalists.

Some of the land around the barn will be leased to local farmer to demonstrate the farming endeavors of previous owners and the current farmers in the area.

New Fishing Pier Grand Opening

Today, the wonderful visitors to Barr Lake State Park helped us celebrate the Grand Opening of our new fishing pier.  Friends of Barr Lake is proud to have contributed to this fantastic addition to the park.  This fishing pier, located near the boat ramp, is ADA accessible, so everyone can enjoy the pier, the fish, and the beautiful views of the lake with the Rockies in the background. The Grand Opening was a huge success!


A Must-See Eaglet Video

Our breeding pair of Bald Eagles had two Eaglets this year.  They have grown so fast!  This is a great video taken by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Our Eaglets are exploring their nest.  They have lost their “fluff” and are gaining feathers! Hope you can come see them in person, but in the meanwhile, enjoy this really neat video of our Parental Eagles feeding their Eaglets!

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