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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.

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
What's up with the low water level at Milavec Lake? Think of the lake as a water storage area. In the spring, the lake is filled with water for summer irrigation programs. For example, lake water supplies the sprinklers in our parks. With an expanding raw water irrigation system and hot conditions, more water comes out of the lake, causing the water level to drop. Restrictions determine what water sources can be stored in the lake and when the water sources are available for storage. This is why you see the water level start high in the spring, drop in the summer, and then rise again in the fall.

On Friday, September 18, 2020 the Town of Frederick unveiled its newest quality of life addition at Frederick Recreation Area, a sleek and modern outdoor Fitness Court® with a supporting mobile app.   Download the free National Fitness Campaign app for workouts.

Additionally, southwest of the lake, the Frederick Skate Park is open. Team Pain designed and constructed facility will provide opportunities for all abilities and ages. 

Due to structural damage, the Big Fred picnic pavilion located at the Frederick Recreation Area (8201 Colorado Boulevard) is closed effective April 14, 2021. The shelter is structurally unsound for public use and is closed to the public for evaluation. Reservations are closed until further notice. 

Reservations are available for the Little Freddie picnic pavilion. 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. 

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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