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Frederick Recreation Area (FRA)


  1. 129 Acres of Parkland
  2. Basketball Court
  3. Benches
  4. Dog Park (off-leash)
  5. Fishing
  6. Golf Course
  7. Horseshoe Pit
  8. Interpretive Signs
  9. Non-motorized Boating
  10. Parking
  11. Pavilion
  12. Picnic Shelters
  13. Picnic Tables
  14. Playground
  15. Restrooms
  16. Sport Court
  17. Trails
  18. Wildlife Habitat
Numerous recreational opportunities are available at Frederick Recreation Area, a prime destination for those who love the outdoors.

Reservations are available at both the Big Fred and Little Freddie picnic pavilions. All reservations must be made at least 10 business days prior to reservation date. Please review the Picnic Shelter Rules and Regulations before reserving the park. 

Non-motorized boating is allowed at Milavec Lake when water conditions are clear of ice. No permit is required.

A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16 years. For fishing season dates and fees, as well as purchasing your license online, visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife's webpage. No ice-fishing allowed. All Division of Wildlife Fishing Rules and Regulations apply, as the area is patrolled by the Division of Wildlife and Frederick police officers.

The distance of the walking path around Milavec Reservoir is approximately 1.26 miles. Mile markers were installed every 0.25 mile as part of an Eagle Scout project. Now you can track how far you're walking, biking, or jogging.

'Hooked on Frederick' is a new work of art installed on the wall of the old pumphouse. The tile mural depicts a lake scene reminiscent of a typical day of fishing at the lake. The artist is Mario Miguel Echevarria.

Milavec Reservoir also attracts an interesting collection of wildlife. At any given visit, you might get the opportunity to enjoy deer, coyotes, bald eagles, American pelicans, and snapping turtles.

Current FRA News
Three new SolarBee® Lake Circulators at were installed Lake Milavec in mid-April, 2020. These circulators are designed to solve a variety of water quality problems in lakes and raw water reservoirs. Active lake circulation can prevent and control harmful cyanobacteria (a.k.a. blue-green algae) blooms, reduce odor and invasive aquatic weeds.

A fitness court is under construction between the dog park and the lake. When it’s completed, you’ll be able to complete a full body workout in 7 minutes.  Download the free National Fitness Campaign app for workouts.  Additionally, southwest of the lake, a new skate park is under construction.  Anticipated to open in September 2020, this Team Pain designed and constructed facility will provide opportunities for all abilities and ages. 

Park fees depend on the number of people attending and the duration of the event. For the first five hours of the reservation, the fees are listed below. For hour in addition to your five hour reservation, there's a fee of $5 per hour. 

Fees for Five Hour Reservation:
  • 1 - 25 people (Little Freddie only) - $20
  • 1 - 50 people - $20
  • 51 - 99 people - $30
  • 100 - 199 people - $50
  • $5 for each additional hour after the first 5 hours of reservation
  • 200+ people - contact Town Hall for pricing
Once you have submitted your park reservation, you will be emailed by Town staff to confirm the reservation and the park fees. The email will have details on how to pay the fees since we do not accept online payments. Payments are accepted at Town Hall either by check, cash or credit/debit card or by calling Town Hall at 720-382-5500 to pay with a credit/debit card. 


  1. Big Fred Picnic Pavilion

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  2. Little Freddie Picnic Pavilion

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