Stephens Lake Park

2001 E. Broadway

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Acres: 116

Park Hours: 6 am to 11 pm; Fishing Hours: 4:30 am to 11 pm

Multi-Use Trail Miles: 0.6 mile lake trail, hard-surface; 1.7 mile perimeter trail (hard-surface)

Maps & Documents

Map of Stephens Lake Park

Electrical Panel Map

Fire Pit Policy

Other recreation facility addresses within park:


 Park Facilities

116 acres

4 – Outdoor shelters
6 – Single table picnic shelters
(“R” designates reservable shelters)
(See Picnic Shelter Reservations)

R Collins Shelter with firepit
R Gordon Shelter
R Happy Hollow Shelter
** Island Shelter
  6 Single Table Picnic Shelters

** Can be scheduled with a Park Special Use Application

Riechmann Indoor Pavilion – reservable (indoor facility with kitchen, indoor and outdoor restrooms, and outdoor grill area)

3 – Restrooms (1 – south side by Gordon Shelters and 1- north side of Riechmann Pavilion (open year round), 1 – west side near beach (open April 15 – Oct 15)

1 -Look Out Point Art Sculpture

Pop Collins Cabin
Darwin and Axie Hindman Discovery Garden

Children’s Grove

Island and boardwalk

0.6-mile hard-surface lake trail
1.7 mile hard-surface perimeter trail 
Open playfield
Sled hill
3 Playgrounds
Spraygrounds (Open May 1 to Sept. 30)
2 Waterfalls
Free Wifi Internet Access

Lake – 11 acres

Swimming beach – unguarded
facility, swim at your own risk
Beach open May 1 to Sept. 30 
Beach Rules
Lake Water Quality
Feeding Waterfowl

Fishing (east side of boardwalk) Non-motorized boating

Free WiFi Internet Access

Thanks to funding from the Park Sales Tax for the equipment and sponsorship by iZones, free WiFi Internet access is available at selected areas of Stephens Lake Park around the park shelters, beach area, and Riechmann Pavilion. As a sponsor, iZones has donated the monthly Internet costs.

The only equipment required to access the free service is an electronic mobile device that has WiFi capability. On the electronic device, search for available WiFi networks, select the “(park name)” and click on “connect.” Users will be redirected to a welcome page. On the welcome page, click on the “connect” link to access the Internet.

Winter Sports

Stephens Lake Park Ice Hockey

Stephens Lake Park Sled Hill


Stephens Lake Park is the center for outdoor winter sports in Columbia. There is a hill for sledding on the east side of the lake, which can be accessed from the park entrance at 2001 Broadway. Park users can warm themselves with a bonfire during the winter sports season at the fire pit at Collins Shelter near the sled hill, and there is a heated restroom nearby open year round. Wood is provided by the Parks and Recreation Department when there is snow on the ground or the lake conditions permit skating and can be found in the wood shed near Collins Shelter. Ice skating is allowed on Stephens Lake only when the ice has been checked and deemed thick enough. Ice fishing is allowed on Cosmo-Bethel Lake when conditions allow.

A press release will be issued and signs posted when the lake ice conditions are favorable for skating and ice fishing. For updates on ice conditions on both Stephens and Cosmo-Bethel Lakes, watch for announcements on the Parks and Recreation home page.

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Special Events

If you would like to hold a special event using the island and island shelter, see the Shelter Reservation page. (To see if you need a Park Special Use Permit to host a special event at any other area in the park)

Donation Opportunities

Unique donation opportunities are available at Stephens Lake Park. Put your name or a loved one’s on a tree collection, single table picnic shelter, amphitheater, island, or other park elements. [More Information]

Tree-Ching Trail Walk

Find out how trees pay us back by taking the on-line virtual Tree-Ching Trail Walk at Stephens Lake Park. (The trail walk in the park occurred in October and November 2010. The price tags on the trees have since been removed.)

Park History

Park Dedication

Capital Improvement Projects