Big Soda Lake

Looking for a calm lake with sweeping mountain views? Search no further than Big Soda Lake. It is located in Bear Creek Lake Park, nearby Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, and a short 25-minute drive from downtown Denver. If you are looking to maximize your time in Denver, keep travel time low and head to Big Soda Lake for some paddling. Spend more time out on the water, enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery, than driving in the car to get there! Because it is so close to downtown, Big Soda Lake is a serious hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Knowing that you might not be the only one with the idea to paddle on Soda Lake, try to stagger your visit on a weekday or a similar quiet time to get the full effect of mountain lake paddling. 

If you are ready to book, head to Rocky Mountain Paddleboard and book now! The company offers stand up paddle boards, XL paddle boards, single and double kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats. All of the rentals are available by the hour, and you can get a discount if you book for two hours. Plan for an entry fee of $10 per vehicle. 

Perhaps the best part about Big Soda Lake is that power boats are not allowed, so your paddling experience will be undisturbed by wake. (Perfect for stand-up paddle board yoga lessons!) Relax on the calm water and take in what you came to Colorado for: its amazing natural beauty. Not quite ready to test out the calm waters by trying stand-up paddle board yoga? No fear– there are beginners’ lessons for stand-up paddle boarding, as well. 

If you are planning on rounding out the visit with a trip to the beach, stake out a spot early as the sandy beaches of Big Soda Lake are a popular destination. Rest assured that your basic needs are covered with bathroom access and a concession stand. There are also picnic tables and covered picnic areas available for use. You can make your paddling adventure last longer by booking one of the 47 campsites at Indian Paintbrush Campground, which is located within Bear Creek Lake Park. Take a break from the water on approximately 15 miles of trails, used primarily for horseback riding, hiking, and biking. 

Grab your friends or family for an easy day trip from Denver– tranquil paddling on Big Soda Lake awaits!

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