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New Natural Area Opens at Boise Bend

Post Date:01/17/2019 1:30 PM

Boise Bend Natural Area in Loveland now open


Debbie Eley, Open Lands Specialist
City of Loveland Parks & Recreation

New Natural Area Opens at Boise Bend

Loveland, CO - A new natural area has just opened in east Loveland, providing access to the Big Thompson River corridor for fishing, wildlife viewing and passive trail use. Boise Bend Natural Area lies south of the river at 1225 S. Boise Ave. across from Old St. Louis Natural Area and west of Boise Ave. 

The 12-acre property was acquired by the Open Lands and Trails Division of Loveland Parks & Recreation in 2017 to preserve the riparian corridor and provide an extension of the Big Thompson trail to the east. Numerous volunteer stewardship and cleanup projects helped remove flood debris and restore the site for public access.  Sawyer crews from Larimer County Conservation Corps helped remove invasive Russian olive and Siberian elm trees with funding from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, to allow native vegetation to become re-established.

The new ¼-mile natural-surface trail constructed by volunteers provides access for nature exploration and wildlife watching, including views of a nearby heron rookery (communal nesting area). Native cottonwoods and willows provide shade along the river banks and refuge for birds and mammals including songbirds, raptors, wild turkey, mink and white-tailed deer. New fishing access is available along 1/3 mile of the waterway, where a healthy brown trout population thrives. A small trailhead area provides parking, site information and a map of the property. Leashed dogs are welcome; owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste; bags are provided. 

The name Boise Bend was selected during a public naming process and represents the property’s significant bend in the river and its location along Boise Ave. The city plans to offer guided bird walks and other activities at the site in the future. 

More information is available at 

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