This parking area provides safe access to the Cache la Poudre River, the Poudre Trail, North Shields Ponds and McMurry natural areas. It is a convenient river access for recreationists who kayak, canoe or tube. Use the underpass or sidewalks to stay safe. The parking lot is owned by Larimer County and managed by City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department.
The Poudre River at high water upstream from Shields Street
Storm Over the Poudre River Photo by Mchael VanBeber
The Poudre River and Bridge at Shields St. River Access
On Shields Street, between Willox and Vine on the west side of the road, north side of the river. The approximate address is 1219 North Shields Street. No horse trailer parking is available. Shields Street River Access has no entrance fee or parking fee.
Activities and Events#
- Find free educational activities and events year-round on the Events Calendar. Activities and events in June-October are also listed in the Natural Areas Explorer.
- Learn about special events and activities each month by subscribing to the Natural Areas e-newsletter.
- Check out the Natural Areas Learning Library for self-guided activities.
- Special people have volunteered to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. You can join the fun and adopt a natural area, too!