Like many lakes across the State of Colorado blue green algae has been found in Barefoot Lakes. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment warns people to be aware of the toxic algae and take precautions to avoid it. The algae can be harmful to people and potentially fatal to animals like dogs.
Solitude Lake Management has reported the Lakes tested positive for blue-green algae. Due to the presence of the blue green algae the District recommends the public avoid contact with the water. This include any activity that would bring you or your pets in full-body contact with the water – rentals of paddle boards and kayaks from the Pier & Dock will continue to operate at your own risk. For more information regarding blue green algae from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment click here.
Solitude Lake Management has notified the District that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife is requesting voluntary fishing restrictions and recommends catch and release fishing is avoided at Barefoot Lakes. Due to the recommendation from the experts the District encourages the public to not release fish back into Barefoot Lakes at this time, as the fish will die due to the stress and temperature of the water. If you do fish please bag your fish. Fish guts should be discarded, and fish rinsed thoroughly before consumption.