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.
Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery
TRAIL OPEN, FISHERY REMAINS CLOSED
The Poudre River trail section at Poudre Ponds remains open and construction by the City's Water & Sewer department in the ponds is in the final stages. With lower water levels during the project, NAT partnered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked and the property re-opens in mid-2022 once the pond can be refilled.
What is being done to improve the property and visitor experience?
NAT staff are making improvements to the parking areas and repairing trail sections. NAT is also collaborating with 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 once the pond can be refilled, currently estimated to be mid-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 2022. If fish are available, CPW will also stock the pond with 10” rainbow trout in the spring/summer of 2022 as well to kickstart 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.
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 are underway and construction will take place in mid-2022.
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. Hazard trees removal, rock scaling and fence repairs were completed in early February, increasing the safety of the section for users. In addition, several options are being investigated to address stability issues in this section including potentially re-routing this the trail or re-constructing this section in its current alignment. 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.