Fishing at Barr Lake State Park

Fishing isn’t just about catching fish. It’s about fresh November air and sunshine, peace and quiet, and the fish stories you can tell later! It’s about mountains, lakes, waves, Gulls and Geese! And it’s about sharing an afternoon with someone you love. doing something you love!

At Barr Lake, channel catfish, small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie can be caught in the lake.  Fishing licenses are required.

Add Barr Lake to Your Bucket List!

Here are a few photos from Barr Lake over this past couple of weeks, including beautiful sunsets.  If you are not fortunate enough to live in this part of Colorado, you need to plan a visit and add Barr Lake to your “bucket list.”  It’s a wonderland of natural beauty–day and night.

More than 370 species of birds call Barr Lake “home” either year-round or during migration (download the Barr Lake State Park Bird Checklist).  And there is a mating pair of Bald Eagles, along with large numbers of Eagles that stop by in the Winter–certainly worth a visit in the Winter months–try December, around the holidays!

 

 

Just a Few Minutes of Sunset at Barr Lake

FOBL Mission in Action

Friends of Barr Lake is a non-profit organization formed to partner with Barr Lake State Park for education, recreation and conservation activities.  All contributions to FOBL are used directly to support construction projects, park maintenance, special events, and educational programs.  No one on the FOBL board accepts any kind of monetary payments for their efforts.  They log thousands of hours of volunteer work each year.

Ranger Michelle Educates the Kids about PumpkinsA great example of our mission in action were the activities of this past weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, Friends members and park staff helped a group of 35 children select and paint pumpkins to take home for Halloween decorations.

 

73036082_2743083365722309_5392112014543814656_nThis event required no additional payment from attendees, aside from the park entrance fees.  The pumpkins were donated by Mazzotti Farms.  The kids had a great time, and all of their creations were beautiful and quite unique.

 

On Saturday evening, FOBL members, along with park volunteers and staff, showed amazing last-minute flexibility when they moved the Halloween Trail festivities into the Nature Center due to the incredibly fast advance of high, cold winds ahead of the coming snow storm. This ensured that no one was disappointed, and most people who planned to attend braved the high winds to make sure they did not miss this really popular annual event!

Education about Nocturnal AnimalsEach of these activities had not only fun things to do, but they afforded educational opportunities by FOBL, Barr Lake SP, and nearby partner organizations.  Kids learned about pumpkins, their importance over the years, and how in Ireland they used turnips as Halloween decorations before pumpkins became popular in the US. The planned educational stops along the trail were moved inside, including information about nocturnal animals.  Also provided were crafts for the kids, a face painter, and snacks and hot beverages.

FOBL is proud to partner with Barr Lake State Park and our neighbors to help provide these types of events for our community!

Harvest Festival Another Huge Success!

We have the most wonderful, supportive community ever!  Our 7th Annual Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, and we raised over $1237! All of the money raised by Friends of Barr Lake events is dedicated to help Barr Lake State Park provide education, recreation and conservation activities.

We had 842 attendees!  A great crowd. About 300 of those were kids who loved playing the midway games. We had a petting zoo, kids crafts, carnival games, hayrack rides, face painters, art festival, and a yogi bear express ride.HarvestFestival_Page_1

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