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Date Thursday  1/31/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Rescheduled --Barr Lake State Park-Bald Eagle Watch*
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Durham Monsma
Co-Leader Robbie Monsma
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy A
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 30
Driving Distance 68


Barr Lake is a major prairie reservoir which is surrounded by cottonwoods, marshes, and aquatic plants. The park (including half the lake) is a designated wildlife refuge.  The bald eagles congregate there in January and February.  We will walk the soft perimeter trail around the lake.  There are several wildlife observation stations and several boardwalks along the trails. It is a favorite place for birding, so bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and your bird book. Also your state park passport for stamping if you are into that. There is a gazebo out into the lake with a single spotting scope.  See the website at:

For those not meeting us there we will meet at the Wheat Ridge Park N Ride, (4655 Ward Rd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033) at 8:50 am and will drive about 34 miles up I-76 to miles to Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton, CO 80603. Once inside the park, proceed to the Nature Center parking lot.   There is a single restroom outside the center, and more inside.

Entrance requires a CO State Park car pass or a daily pass costing $8.00 per car, which be purchased either at the gate house (probably not manned at that time) or self-service just down the road.  If you have a state park pass, please volunteer to drive.

Leaders have explored a portion of this trail only.  The remainder will be exploratory for us.  We saw one bald eagle right above us eating a fish and many more sitting on the lake ice.  Because there are few windbreaks, dress VERY warmly, including hands and head. Bring something warm to drink.

For more info Contact

Durrie and Robbie Monsma, 

Home:  303-5734923

Cell, morning of:   203-536-4199  



*This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents.  Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive.  We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write or call CMC Membership Services at: or (303) 279-3080.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.