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River Projects

The City of Fort Collins has many projects along the Cache La Poudre River that will cause trail closures and construction in 2014 and beyond. These projects will ultimately create a healthier river environment and benefit the community. Learn more below.

Trail Closures Along the Poudre River Corridor: Nov 19, 2015

Status Trail
Open Poudre Trail
  • Arapaho Bend:
    The DR trail has several downed trees due to windy conditions. It is impossible in areas. Please consider using another trail. Rangers will update when trail is clear.
  • Riverbend Ponds :
    The boardwalk from the Cherly parking lot will be under construction and closed until the boardwalk is replaced. The parking lot is also closed until further notice. Sections of the boardwalk will be missing as construction progresses. Please use posted alternate route. Parking is available at the Timberline and Cairnes Dr parking lot. Expected opening date is mid-December depending on the weather.
  • All other trails are open! Enjoy your river corridor!
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Breweries, Colorado Water Trust Partner to Support City's Poudre River Restoration

The Cache la Poudre River has been called the heart of Fort Collins, and the City of Fort Collins has been focusing on improving the river’s health.  A healthyworking  river is also key for another Fort Collins staple…beer! Local breweries and the Colorado Water Trust came together to support a restoration project and the removal of the Josh Ames Diversion Dam at North Shields Ponds Natural Area.  In addition to a $300,000 grant from Colorado Water Trust, Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Pateros Creek Brewery, and Funkwerks Brewery contributed nearly $37,000 in matching dollars. See a 3 minute video about the project.

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River Health Assessment Framework

The Cache la Poudre River is a centrally important part of Fort Collins so the City has many initiatives underway to support the vitality of the river ecosystem. The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and Utilities are collaborating on an assessment tool for supporting and sustaining the health of the Poudre River. The River Health Assessment Framework articulates the City's vision for a healthy and resilient river by setting recommended ranges and an A-F grading system for the key physical, chemical and biological indicators of the river. The Framework will be used to create a State of the River Report in 2016 and to evaluate the river health impacts of internal and external projects.

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Poudre River Downtown Project

The City of Fort Collins has developed a master plan for the Cache la Poudre River in the downtown corridor (Shields Street to Mulberry Street) to improve in-river and bankside recreation, habitat connectivity, restoration and rehabilitation, bank protection, flood mitigation and floodplain management, water quality, public safety and access, and transportation. Learn more >>>

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Woodward Technology Center Construction

Fort Collins-based Woodward is building a legacy headquarters and manufacturing campus on the former Link-N-Greens golf course between Lincoln and Mulberry avenues west of Lemay Avenue. The company plans to invest $169 million in the project, including $23.5 million in public assistance.  Woodward conveyed 31 acres to the City as part of the agreement, Homestead Natural Area.  The campus is expected to employ 1,400 people. Learn more at

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Flood Warning System

There are 66 streamflow and precipitation gages in Fort Collins to keep residents informed.  You can view real-time data about your area and across the community.  Learn more >>>

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Water Supply and Storage

More water storage is needed in order to meet our community's future needs.

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Poudre River Development Review & Buffer Standards (PDF)

Learn about proposed or constructed development projects along the Poudre River and key information about the Poudre River Buffer Standards contained in the City of Fort Collins Land Use Code.

River District Design Standards (PDF)

The River District Design Standards project will identify, evaluate and implement measures to achieve high quality design and preserve/promote the unique character of the River District's built environment.