Poudre River Trail Repairs
Due to floods in recent years, the riverbank along the Poudre River has incurred significant erosion in several sections that have 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 | TRAIL OPEN, FISHERY REMAINS CLOSED The Poudre River trail section at Poudre Ponds has re-opened as of Monday, June 21st. Construction by the City's Water & Sewer department in the ponds continues through the summer and will delay the opening of the public fishery until later in 2021. During the closure, NAT staff are partnering with Colorado Parks & Wildlife to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked and the property re-opens in the latter part of 2021.
Why is work being done at Poudre Ponds? The City’s Water & Sewer Department is completing a project to both expand water storage at the Poudre Ponds property and protect the ponds from future flood damage. In addition, erosion of the riverbank along the Poudre River Trail will create a need for additional repairs in 2021 and 2022. The Poudre Trail remains open during these projects and will only experience short closures for the trail project. The larger Water & Sewer project is now scheduled to be completed in late 2021. The fishery property will open shortly after the construction project is completed.
Why is work taking longer than predicted? Contractors have experienced project delays due to supply chain issues and staffing shortages for subcontractors. This has extended multiple components of the project.
What is being done to improve the property and visitor experience? Natural Areas & Trails staff are making improvements to the parking areas and repairing trail sections. NAT is also collaborating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to improve and expand fish habitat in the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked and reopens. City of Greeley’s Water & Sewer Department is providing flood protection to the ponds, developing additional non-potable water storage capacity, and providing the ability to move water between the ponds as needed.
When will the property reopen and when can I fish again? The property will reopen to the public in late 2021/early 2022 once the construction project is completed. The pond will be re-filled as water is available in the river starting in early 2022, with a goal of having the pond full by late spring 2022.
A number of fish habitat structures were installed during the construction project, providing an opportunity for higher quality and more diverse fishery in the future. Rebuilding the fishery will be a process that will take several years to complete. CPW will stock Poudre Ponds will with fingerling (1-3”) fish, which will take a few years to grow to a fishable size starting in spring 2022. If fish are available, CPW will also stock the pond with 10” rainbow trout in the spring of 2022 as well to kick start the fishery rebuilding process.
Which species of fish will be stocked in Poudre Ponds? Poudre Ponds is considered a warm water fishery and will primarily be stocked with panfish, bass, and perch, which are well suited to the habitat at Poudre Ponds. Catfish and trout may be stocked as well as the fishery matures.
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.