St. Vrain State Park's Grand Opening of Blue Heron Reservoir (Formerly Barbour Ponds) is this weekend.  This family event is Sunday, May 3 from noon to 3 p.m.

The park offers 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water split among several ponds. It’s a great place for fishermen, campers, photographers, birders, walkers and anyone who loves nature.


  • Pontoon boat rides
  • Cabela’s fishing demonstrations
  • JAX canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards
  • Mile Hi Bass Pioneers will provide hotdogs, chips and soda
  • Boat Safety Trailer packed with activities for the kids


Blue Heron Reservoir is filled with a variety of warm water fish, such as Black Crappie, Redear Sunfish, Saugeye/Walleye, Largemouth Bass and Channel catfish.  Blue Heron is is a trophy bass lake.


Gas and diesel powered motors are allowed on the reservoir as well, but are restricted to 10HP or less and must be operated at wakeless speeds. The reservoir has a boat ramp, trailer length parking spaces and a courtesy dock for boaters. Even though boat inspections are not required at St. Vrain State Park, boaters should Clean, Drain and Dry their vessels to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species.


St. Vrain State Park is an easy drive from Denver or Fort Collins, located on Highway 119 just off I-25 (Exit 240).

Learn more about St. Vrain State Park in this YouTube Video: