Two million visitors each year can’t be wrong! Cherry Creek State Park is an oasis in the Denver metro area for boaters, fishermen, campers, bicyclists, equestrians, swimmers, hikers, and picnickers alike.
The recreational opportunities are unlimited at this 4,200-acre park. There’s excitement on the 850-acre reservoir with water-skiers and boaters. Yet solitude can be found fishing in a cove or walking the nature trails. For the most relaxing visit, try the park on weekdays or evenings.
The views are pretty spectacular, too. During the summer, colorful masts from sailboats dot the lake against a backdrop of the Rockies.
If you like to fish, the Tower Loop area near the dam is a favorite spot, as well as the quiet, south end of the reservoir. State record walleye have been caught at the reservoir.
Public boat launching ramps are conveniently located near the east and west park entrances. Please note that Aquatic Nuisance Species boat inspections are mandatory before launching a boat.
The reservoir at Cherry Creek State Park was created by the Cherry Creek Dam, the first of the three dams to be built to lower the risks to the Denver region from catastrophic South Platte River floodwaters that plagued the area for more than 100 years. Located at the southeast edge of Denver in Aurora, construction of the dam began in 1948 and completed in 1950.