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Saturday, September 5, 2020
Emergency public fish salvage begins immediately at Barr Lake State Park
BRIGHTON, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is announcing an emergency
public fish salvage at Barr Lake State Park beginning Friday, Sept.
Due to a combination of extremely low water levels, high water
temperatures and a previous algae bloom, a major loss of fish is
probable. CPW enacted the public fish salvage in order to optimize use of
the fishery resource.
“We are experiencing low dissolved oxygen levels in the lake,” Barr Lake
State Park Manager Michelle Seubert said. “This is one of the many
factors we look at when determining if a public fish salvage is needed.
We had an algae bloom in July and August in about 20,000 acre-feet of
water that grew algae and now all that algae is dying in about 4,000
acre-feet of water. So, lots of decomposition in a small body of water is
contributing to the low dissolved oxygen levels.”
The public fish salvage is outline as:
-- The emergency fish salvage is permitted only at Barr Lake State Park
Reservoir and only during daylight hours (sunrise to ½ hour after
-- All anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license in accordance
with state statutes.
-- No commercial angling is allowed.
-- Only angling methods that are currently legal at the reservoir are
-- Current size, bag, and possession limits for all species are suspended
for Barr Lake State Park Reservoir until the emergency public fish
salvage is terminated.
-- Notification of the emergency public fish salvage opening and closure
will be made through press releases and signs will also be placed at the
-- No motorized vehicles, including ATVs, are allowed on the lake bed.
-- The end date of the emergency public fish salvage will be announced by
Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Like most of Colorado’s reservoirs, Barr Lake serves as a water storage
reservoir first and is used as a recreational source secondarily. Barr
Lake offers fishing for rainbow trout, walleye, wiper, black crappie and
Seubert said Barr Lake had similar water levels in 2012 and 2013 and the
fishery rebounded to have one of the best walleye years in 2016.
“We will rebuild the fishery immediately when we can have water coming
back into Barr Lake,” Seubert said.
Barr Lake’s popularity has exploded and fishing has become one of the
many attractions to the park. In 2016, total visitation at the state park
was 140,329 for the entire year. Through July of 2020, the total
visitation was 184,665, easily surpassing the high visitation tally on
record in just seven months.
Some of that is attributed to the bird oasis Barr Lake has become.
Wintering bald eagles also utilize the fishery resource along with the
large cottonwood trees that surround the 8.8-mile trail around the
“I truly think the eagles will still come,” Seubert said. “We will still
have some fish. Right now we have 150-200 pelicans on the lake and
fishing seems to be good for them. We might not have as many, but in
previous drought years we still had eagles.”
Barr Lake has many activities to offer in the fall season, including its
archery range, bird-banding station, fall bird migration watching
opportunities along with dove and waterfowl hunting. The park offers lots
of kids and family activities and its nature center is open Wednesday
through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The boat ramp at Barr Lake State Park is closed for trailered boats, but
still open for hand-launched boats.