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North Shields Ponds Natural Area


A great place to visit with a 1.5 mile trail system in a “figure 8” configuration. North Shields Ponds has nice views of the mountains and a feeling of remoteness, even close to town. It's is popular for anglers, equestrians and hikers. Fish species include black bullhead, channel catfish, bluegill, hybrid sunfishes, largemouth bass, and black crappie. More fishing details are listed here. Birdwatchers will want to look for any of the 30 species of birds that have been seen here including red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, snow geese and American wigeons. Native plants include showy milkweed (upon which the monarch butterfly is dependent), cattails, and cottonwood trees.


The initial ecological restoration project at North Shields Ponds is complete. The project created five acres of wetlands, and lowered the steep and unnatural river banks to promote river's connection to the floodplain. The Josh Ames diversion structure was removed for safety and fish passage. Ongoing maintenance will work towards the objective of promoting a natural, functioning river ecosystem. Learn more below under Related Information or contact Rick Bachand, Environmental Program Manager, 970-416-2183, .


1.5 miles of natural surface trail, wheelchair accessible fishing deck, picnic tables and benches. Trail Map >>>


5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily


The North Shields Ponds Natural Area parking lot is on Shields St, north of Shields/Vine, on the west side of road. The approximate address is 1333 North Shields Street, Fort Collins.

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