Things To Do
Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield’s sister park in metro Denver, was Colorado’s first state park. The 880-acre lake, like Chatfield, was formed by a dam built to control flooding on Cherry Creek. The 3,346-acre park offers over 30 activities for visitors, but fishing is number one. The lake has more fish stocked and caught than any other Colorado lake. Boating, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, and paddleboarding are all popular sports, with designated areas for different activities to avoid conflicts. Cherry Creek also offers camping, picnicking, hiking and biking on 35 miles of multi-use trails, a family shooting range, horseback riding, wildlife observation, and a model airplane field.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green