River’s Edge Natural Area
This 163-acre natural area includes the following amenities:
3.8 miles of natural-surface trails for pedestrian use, fishing access, bicycling, and wildlife viewing
Five ponds, including Bass, Dragonfly, Sandpiper, and Jayhawker North and South, with numerous fishing access points
Two ADA-accessible fishing docks (Bass and Dragonfly Ponds)
Wetland boardwalk for a close-up experience at Bass Pond
Three non-reservable picnic shelters with picnic tables, restrooms & drinking fountain
Parking – for 44 vehicles, 4 ADA-accessible spaces, and bus drop-off lane
Amphitheater – with seating for up to 70 for educational programs
Recreation Trail Access – connections to Recreation Trail along the Big Thompson River
Interpretive signs & Environmental Education stations throughout the site
Fishing access and belly boat access points are located throughout the site. Fishing is permitted in accordance with site-specific Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing regulations HERE. Float tube fishing is permitted on all River’s Edge ponds except Jayhawker North; all other boating and swimming activities are prohibited.
River’s Edge rules & regulations are available on the City website: https://ow.ly/Y8V3303AFmR
Parking is available on-site and is also available at the Thompson School District building at 800 S. Taft Ave via Carlisle Drive, with access to Ryan’s Gulch Trail.