St. Vrain State Park is a family-friendly destination for visitors seeking outdoor adventure.
It's an easy drive from Denver, located on Highway 119 just off I-25 (Exit 240). Formerly named Barbour Ponds, this nature and people-friendly park offers 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water split among several ponds.
Park Activities Include:
Biking: There are currently approximately 6.5 miles of roads and trails suitable for leisurely cycling within the park.
Birding: Visitors can observe migrating waterfowl, songbirds and raptors. During the winter, St. Vrain is home to bald eagles.
Boating: Vessels that are hand or foot propelled, or with electric trolling motors are permitted on all ponds when there is open water. Inflatable devices that contain two or more chambers are also permitted. All vessels must be hand launched on ponds without boat ramps.
Gas powered motors are permitted on Blue Heron Reservoir; but must be under 10 horsepower and operated at wakeless speeds. There is a boat ramp, trailer parking, and restrooms available for boaters on Blue Heron Reservoir.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome throughout the park as long as they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times and their waste is properly disposed of.
Fishing: The ponds offer Bluegill, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Red Ear Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Saugeye, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish and Rainbow Trout. Trout fishing is excellent during the spring and fall.
There are 2 trophy Bass ponds at St. Vrain: Great Blue Heron Reservoir and Bald Eagle Pond. These ponds have special restrictions and are catch-and-release for all Bass.
Ice fishing is very productive in the winter months on our trout ponds.
Bowfishing for Carp, Suckers and Northern Pike is permissible with a valid fishing license.
Hiking: Flat, easy trails make a leisurely stroll around the park a comfortable experience. There are six trails in the park: Pelican Pond, Bald Eagle Pond, Muskrat Run, Blue Heron, Coot Pond, and Red Tail Pond trails.
Jet Skiing: We are able to register your jet-ski at our park entrance. Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) are not suitable for our fish habitats.
Picnicking: Tables with shelters and grills amongst mature cottonwood or willow trees and great fishing spots welcome hungry nature lovers.
Camping: St. Vrain is conveniently located off I-25. The newly modernized campsites fill quickly, please reserve your site in advance. We currently do not have group camping facilities. Groups are welcome in our campgrounds, but the maximum number of people per campsite is six. Sites may only have two tents or one RV and one tent.
Winter Camping: St Vrain offers 40 reservable campsites that accommodate tents and motorhomes during winter months. Sites on the North side have electric hook-ups. Sites on the South side offer water, sewer, and electric hookups.