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.
I am interested in using paddle craft on the lake. What are my options?
There are several options. There is an annual $200 permit (Sail/Fish), which actually covers up to two paddle craft per permit. You also have the option of paying daily, which is $15 (again this covers two paddle craft per day) or you can purchase a $60 annual pass (which gets your vehicle into the park) and then pay a discounted rate of $8 per day (again covers two paddle craft at a time). And finally, you can walk in at the main entrance, and pay the daily boating fee of $8 (vehicle fee waived).
Because of the City of Westminster’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Program (ANS), all boats and paddle craft must check in at the gate house because all boats and paddle craft must be sprayed (decontaminated) prior to launching before each use. There is no quarantine on kayaks, paddle boards or canoes (unless on a trailer). When you check in at the gate house, staff notifies an ANS technician that will meet you at the spray station to spray your craft (paddle craft must be inflated prior to getting the spray if it is an inflatable). You then will receive a wrist band indicating you have been sprayed. You must have a wrist band to launch your paddle craft. Nothing hits the water without getting sprayed every time it is used on the lake. We have a number of folks that walk in with paddle craft, but again, you must check in at the gate house and pay the daily boating fee ($8 for walk in access) if you are not a permit holder.
Also, all paddle craft must come in on top of a vehicle or in the bed or a truck, if it is brought in on a trailer, it must meet the 35 day required quarantine for trailered boats.