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.
Restoration UnderwayAn 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, .
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
- 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 North Shields Ponds are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email .
- Map of North Shields Pond Natural Area.
- Restoration Project details
- Removal of Ames Diversion Project details
- Video about the Ames Diversion removal(4 minutes) made for our partner, Colorado Water Trust.
- Removal of Ames Diversion Time-Lapse Video (4 minutes)
- Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan