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. 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.
Restoration UnderwayAn ecological restoration project is underway at North Shields Ponds! Some trails are closed for your safety. Closure includes the trail on the north side of the eastern pond, and the south side of the western pond. The project will create five acres of wetlands, lower the steep and unnatural river banks and remove the Josh Ames diversion structure for safety, recreation and aquatic habitat. Work will continue through June of 2014 if all goes as planned. Trail closure map >>> Learn more from 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.
Activities & Events
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- Free educational programs at North Shields Pond are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-416-2480 or email .