McMurry Natural Area
Anglers love McMurry’s two ponds and river frontage. More than 20 species of fish are found in the two ponds - more fish types than at any other natural area in Fort Collins. You may find orange spotted sunfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappie or yellow perch. More fishing details are listed here.
McMurry is great for wildlife too- birds at McMurry include cedar waxwings, Bullock’s orioles and even osprey, a raptor once near the brink of extinction and still relatively rare in Colorado. Snapping and painted turtles often sun themselves on warm summer days. Rabbits, muskrats, and red fox make their homes here as well.
Restoration is underway! The riparian (riverside) habitat has been improved by removing unnaturally steep banks in order to re-connect the river with its floodplain (without negatively effecting flood risk of nearby properties). The Natural Areas Department removed more than 5 old cars buried in the river bank and added 2 acres of wetlands and 4 acres of native cottonwood forest to support wildlife habitat. Fish habitat was enhanced by dredging portions of the site's two ponds. Public fishing access was improved by creating fishing access "peninsulas." Please stay on the trail so that freshly planted areas have the best chance to become established.
McMurry Natural Area was acquired with the help of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.
5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Parking lot at the west end of Hemlock Street or use trail connections from Magpie Meander and Salyer natural areas.
Activities & Events
- Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide, available in May.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
- Free educational programs at McMurry Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email .
- Trail map
- This site has been adopted by Anna and Evelyn Juhasz , thank you for your litter pick-up efforts!
- Press release announcing opening, summarizing restoration project
- Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan