Cherry Creek Reservoir, an 850-acre lake on the southeast side of Denver, was built in 1948 to 1950 for flood control of Cherry Creek. The 3.25-mile-long lake is formed by a massive earthen dam that is 141 feet high and 14,300 feet long. The resulting lake in Cherry Creek State Park is one of Denver’s premier outdoor recreation areas. Fishing is the top activity here, with more fish stocked and caught than any other Colorado lake. It’s also busy with other water sports, including sailing, boating, waterskiing, paddleboarding, and sailboarding. The state park also offers a 131-site campground, 100-acre dog park, model airplane field, Cherry Creek Marina, picnicking areas, 35 miles of multi-use trails, wildlife observation, and a family shooting range.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green