The wetland environment of Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a haven for native wildlife as well as a pleasant recreation spot for locals.
The area’s seven fishing ponds were formerly gravel mine ponds, a relic of Northern Colorado’s mining heritage. Today, they function as part of a natural landscape maintained by the City of Fort Collins, with the ponds annually stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Many of those visiting Riverbend Ponds enjoy fishing, hiking, and birding while in the area.
Fishing – With several ponds and the Cache la Poudre River to choose from, anglers flock to this natural oasis. Fishermen will find an assortment of warm water species such as bass, crappie, and channel catfish.
Hiking/Biking – Visitors to Riverbend Ponds will find nearly three miles of natural trails in addition to a boardwalk that crosses over the water. Families visiting the area should check out the self-guided interpretive nature trail. For longer expeditions, a trail underpass connects the Riverbend Ponds natural area to the Cottonwood Hollow and Running Deer Natural Areas south of Riverbend.
Birding – Over 200 species of birds migrate through the natural area, making their nests among the wetlands. Depending on the time of year, visitors may be able to spot pelicans, herons, gulls, ducks, cormorants, and many other species.
Whether you are seeking a multitude of fishing opportunities or just looking for a beautiful nature trail to stroll along, Riverbend Ponds Natural Area is an excellent place to while away a sunny afternoon.
Address: E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins CO 80525
Season: Year-Round | 5 AM – 11 PM