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Great fishing ponds for kids in Denver and beyond

Great fishing ponds for kids in Denver and beyond

Do you want a chance to get outdoors and enjoy nature? Fishing is a rite of passage for kids and we’re here to share 25 great places to go fishing in Denver.  There are literally hundreds of small ponds, gravel pits and golf-course lakes throughout Colorado’s Front Range that hold fish.

Despite their abundance, however, it’s important to do some scouting to determine which waters offer both public access and good fishing. To improve your chances of success, Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks many of these neighborhood waters with a variety of warm-water fish. CPW also stocks some locations with catchable-size rainbow trout when water temperatures are cooler in early spring and late fall.

Before you go: Make sure you sign up for a fishing license. Need gear? The Tailored Tackle Fishing Kit includes a 147-piece gear tackle box including fishing hooks, bobbers, starter fishing equipment and more for an affordable price. Free fishing weekend is June 5 and 6, 2021. Find out more and tips for learning to fish. 

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Where Can I Go Fishing in Denver? 

The Colorado Fishing Atlas and CPW’s stocking reports are great resources to help you plan your suburban fishing trip. Google Maps/Earth is also an excellent resource that provides aerial views to help you locate waters in your area. In addition to using these online tools to find your own favorite fishing hole, here are a few locations to get you started this summer:

1) Cottonwood Park Lake (Nathrop)
2) Johnson Reservoir (Littleton)
3) Lowell Ponds in Lowell State Wildlife Area – the easternmost pond and the westernmost pond. (Denver)
4) Grandview Ponds (Thornton)
5) Bear Creek Ponds at Bear Creek Lake Park (Lakewood)
6) Blue Heron Lake (Lakewood)
7) Cherry Knolls Pond (Littleton)
8) Ketring Lake (Littleton)
9) Thornton Recreation Center Lake (Thornton)
10) Sprat-Platte Reservoir (Thornton)
11) Clear Creek looking east from Washington Street Bridge (Golden)
12) Cherry Creek Reservoir (Aurora)
13) Chatfield Reservoir at the rendezvous point (Littleton)
14) Bear Creek Lake State Park (Lakewood) 
15) Sloan’s Lake (Denver)
16) Westminster City Park Pond (Westminster)
17) South Platte Park (Littleton)
18) Stanley Lake (Arvada)
19) St. Vrain State Park (Longmont)
20) Walden Ponds WIldlife Habitat (Boulder)
21) Boulder Creek (Boulder)
22) Gross Reservoir (Boulder)
23) Ken Mitchell Park (Brighton)
24) City Park (Denver)
25) Waterton Canyon (Littleton)

Where Can I Go Fishing in Colorado? 

With 8,000 miles of rivers and more than 2,000 lakes, Colorado fishing is some of the most abundant you’ll find anywhere.

Also, don’t miss 101 Places and Ways to Take a Kid Fishing in Colorado and the 20 Best Places to Fish in the U.S.


Mile High Mamas
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