Poudre River Trail Repairs
Due to floods in recent years, the riverbank along the Poudre River has incurred significant erosion in several sections that has or will affect the Poudre River Trail. A study of the trail corridor to consider options for repairing, replacing or re-routing the trail was completed in mid-2019. From the study findings, several priority projects have been identified and will be undertaken as funding is available.
These projects include:
Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery | CLOSED THROUGH EARLY JUNE 2021 Construction at Poudre Ponds conducted by the City's Water & Sewer department will close the property and adjacent Poudre River trail from early November 2020 through late spring to protect the ponds from future flood damage and increase water storage capability. The public pond has been drained and no access to the property will be allowed during the construction project. During the closure, NAT staff will partner with Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishery biologists to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked in the spring/summer of 2021. Closure of the Poudre River trail will allow integrating the trail into the project and provide better access to the trail in the future.
Duran Section | Just downstream of the 71st Ave bridge, the riverbank has eroded along the trail and the area is prone to flooding. Design and permitting for this section will begin in spring 2021 and construction will follow shortly thereafter, likely in late 2021/early 2022.
"Narrows" Section | East of 83rd Ave. and adjacent to the Signature Bluffs Natural Area, the Narrows section of the trail travels through blonde sandstone bluffs on one side and the Poudre river on the other. While this section is one of the most beautiful sections of the trail, it is also one of the most threatened. Several options are being investigated to address issues in this section including potentially re-routing this section. No construction is planned on this section at this time.
Find out more information about the history and current recreational opportunities along the Poudre River trail.