Colorado Parks and Wildlife is announcing a public fish salvage at Barr Lake State Park beginning today, August 30. Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Barr Lake will be drained to a conservation level of 442 acre feet to meet the needs of its intended agricultural use.

The public salvage is being announced in order to optimize use of the fishery resource as outlined:

  • A valid Colorado fishing license is required in accordance with state statutes.
  • A state parks pass is required ($7 Daily Pass or $70 Annual Pass).
  • All legal fishing methods are allowed.
  • Small boats such as kayaks or canoes can be launched –no large boats allowed.
  • Bag, possession and size limits are suspended for Barr Lake only until this emergency public salvage is lifted.

The end date of the public salvage effort will be announced by Park Manager Michelle Seubert or district wildlife manager Joe  Padia.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to

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