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Shields Street River Access

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Trail Status

Open without issues.


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.


5:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.


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.

Activities and Events

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in Tracks & Trails booklet guide.
  • 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 are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20= .
  • Thank you to Barbara Sebeck who is taking an active role in the stewardship of Shields Street River Access as an adopt-a-natural area volunteer through monthly litter pick-ups.