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North Shields Ponds Natural Area

Description

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.

Restoration Underway

An ecological restoration project is underway at North Shields Ponds! Trails are open. You can help the restoration be successful by staying on-trail which protects the plantings. The project created five acres of wetlands, and lowered the steep and unnatural river banks. The Josh Ames diversion structure was removed for safety, recreation and aquatic habitat. Learn more below under Related Information or contact Rick Bachand, Environmental Program Manager, 970-416-2183, .

Trails

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

Hours

5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily

Directions

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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