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Big Fred Picnic Pavilion

Subfacility of Frederick Recreation Area (FRA)

April 14, 2021: 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.

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.


Fun Fact: 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

Phase 2 of the improvements to Frederick Recreation Area is now open to full use. Please be aware that if the newly planted areas become stressed due to over-use, use will be restricted to the walks and shelter areas only. Planning for future phases continues, so if you have any thoughts on what you'd like to see for future amenities, please send your feedback to the Parks and Open Space Commission.