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Bear Creek Dam
Bear Creek Dam (Colorado) is located in Colorado
Bear Creek Dam (Colorado)
Location of Bear Creek Dam in Colorado
Country United States
Location Lakewood, Colorado
Coordinates 39°39′06″N 105°08′24″W / 39.651757°N 105.140091°W / 39.651757; -105.140091
Status Operational
Opening date 1982
Owner(s) United States Army Corps of Engineers logo.svg U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earthen
Impounds Bear Creek
Creates Bear Creek Lake
Total capacity 2,000 acre⋅ft (2,466,964 m3)
Catchment area 236 sq mi (611 km2)
Surface area 110 acres (45 ha)
Maximum length 1 mi (2 km)
Maximum water depth 45 ft (14 m)
Normal elevation 5,550 feet msl
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Bear Creek Dam

Bear Creek Dam is a dam on the confluence of Bear Creek and Turkey Creek within the city limits of Lakewood, Colorado, constructed and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control to the greater Denver Metropolitan Area.

The 2,600 acre Bear Creek Park surrounds the lake and is operated by the city of Lakewood, Colorado, under a lease agreement through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are several miles of multiple-use trails to explore on foot, bicycle or horseback, a Visitor Center featuring displays and Naturalist Programs, a swim beach and marina with boat rentals, and a 47 site campground with electrical hook ups. There are also Horseback riding stables offering guided rides, and Water ski school and fishing opportunities in the summer months.

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