Standley Lake Regional Park Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a state park?
No. Standley Lake is a regional park. Any fees associated with a state park do not apply at Standley Lake.
Who owns the lake?
Standley Lake Regional Park is owned and operated by the City of Westminster. Westminster, the cities of Thornton and Northglenn and the Farmers Irrigation and Reservoir Company (FRICO) own the water rights.
How big is the park?
The lake is about 1,000 surface acres when at capacity. There are about another 2,000 acres of park and open space land surrounding the lake.
How deep is the lake?
When at capacity, the lake is 96 feet deep at the face of the dam. It holds approximately 42,000 acre-feet of water. That is about 13 billion gallons of water.
Why is swimming not allowed?
Standley Lake is a drinking water supply for three cities, so due to water quality issues, no swimming or wading is allowed.
Is the water safe?
Definitely. The City of Westminster continually monitors water quality throughout the year.
Are the fish safe to eat?
Yes. There is nothing wrong with the fish in Standley Lake, other than they are difficult to catch at times. The Colorado Division of Wildlife routinely stocks the lake throughout the summer, so there is a good turnover rate among the fish in the lake.
Do you have to pay to walk in?
There is no fee to walk, run or ride a bike into Standley Lake Regional Park. There are parking lots at 86th Parkway and Simms Street and 100th Avenue and Owens Street where people can park and walk into the park. There is a fee to drive into the park.
When is the park open?
Standley Lake Regional Park is open year round. The hours during the summer (May 1 to September 30) are sunrise to sunset for walk-in access and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those who drive in. Winter (October 1 to April 30) hours are sunrise to sunset for those who walk in and 7:30 a.m. to sunset for drive-in access.
Can you fish at night?
No. Due to current Aquatic Nuisanace Species Program regulations, night fishing is no longer allowed.
When is the boating and camping season?
The boating and camping season is May 1 through September 30.
Are jet skis or belly boats allowed?
Due to the intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Westminster, Thornton, and Northglenn, jet skis and belly boats are not allowed on Standley Lake.
Where are the eagles located?
The eagles and their nest are located in the far northwest corner of the park. The park has an eagle blind about 300 yards west of the Nature Center that offers an excellent opportunity to view the eagles.