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Standley Lake is a Reservoir in Jefferson, Colorado.

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Fishing Description: 

As part of the City of Westminster's Zebra Mussel Protection Program, aquatic bait is prohibited at Standley Lake Regional Park. Aquatic bait includes minnows, leeches, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, etc.

Standley Lake Regional Park is a popular destination for fishermen and is host to a variety of fish species. The lake is stocked regularly throughout the summer by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In addition, the lake supports a variety of other fish. The following list shows the species of fish in the lake, as well as their availability and statewide limits as defined and established by the Colorado Division of Wildlife:

Fish Availability Limit

Rainbow Trout Common 4 in aggregate*
Brown Trout Rare 4 in aggregate*
Walleye Moderate 5
Yellow Perch Moderate 20
Channel Catfish Moderate 10 in aggregate*
Lg. Mouth Bass Rare 5 in aggregate*
Sm. Mouth Bass Moderate 5 in aggregate*
Wiper Moderate 10 in aggregate*
Striper Rare 10 in aggregate*
Sunfish Rare 20 in aggregate*
Bluegill Rare 20 in aggregate*
Carp Common no limit

*In aggregate means the limit may consist of one species or a mixed bag of more than one species. Trout include Rainbow, Brook, Brown, Cutthroat, Splake, Golden and Lake Trout. Bass includes Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass. Stripers include Wiper and White Bass.

Standley Lake was home to the state record walleye External link, caught in 1997.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

During the summer months the spillway is the best fishing spot, but fishing can be done anywhere on the shore except in areas posted otherwise.

Areas permanently closed to fishing include the dam, all boat docks and all boat ramps. In addition, fishing is not permitted within 150 feet of boat ramps and boat docks, with the exception of the Special Needs floating fishing pier scheduled to be constructed in 2008.

The cleaning of fish is allowed only at the fish cleaning station.

Facilities and Parks: 

Standley Lake offers a comfort station that includes restrooms, drinking fountain, pay phone and outside rinsing showers. This facility is located on the north side of the park near the campground and boat trailer parking lot. The comfort station is closed during the winter months.

For convenience, there are also portable toilets positioned in other areas throughout the park, these are maintained by a contracted company.

There is also a fish-cleaning station near the comfort station. This facility also is closed during the winter.

Standley Lake's campground is the only area where daily overnight camping is permitted. This area has 60 designated campsites with picnic tables and fire pits. Season permit holders may camp in the undeveloped campsites located throughout the park.

Besides serving as a water storage facility, Standley Lake offers boating and fishing. However all boaters are required to have a boating permit in order to access the lake.

For boats with more than 20 horsepower motors, a limited number of season permits are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permits for boats with 20 horsepower or under motors and non-motorized boats are sold for both the season and on a daily basis. Rafts must be multi-chambered.

Canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are some of the other activities enjoyed with a daily boat permit. Sailboards, kayaks and canoes are allowed two vessels per permit.

The lake is open for boating May 1 to September 30 from 7:30 a.m. to sunset. A four-lane boat ramp, near the main campground, allows for convenient boat launches. There are two auxiliary boat ramps, one on the south side of the lake and the other in the day use only campground.

There are several horseshoe pits and volleyball courts provided throughout the park.

Standley Lake's Nature Center is a great place to see some of the history and examples of wildlife of the park. The conference room inside may be reserved for meetings or parties.


Aquatic bait is no longer allowed at Standley Lake; this includes salamanders, leeches, crayfish, frogs and minnows.

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) regulations are in effect. All boats are required to be inspected, sprayed and quarantined before entering Standley Lake. Call for more details.

A $7 fee is charged for all drive-in traffic. Drive in access is available from 6:30am to sunset.

Directions to Lake: 

100th Avenue and Simms Street

Summer Hours (May1 to September 30): Sunrise to 9 p.m. for walk-in access or 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for drive-in access

Winter Hours (October 1 to April 30): Sunrise to sunset for walk-in access or 7:30 a.m. to sunset for drive-in access

Standley Lake
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