River's Edge Natural Area

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Rivers Edge Natural Area Pond

960 W. First St.
Loveland, CO 80537
(located across 1st Street from Centennial Park)
River's Edge Natural Area Google Map

Amenities

(see MAP)

Regular hours are 6:00A - 10:30P daily.  

The 163-acre natural area is located south of First St. and east of Taft Ave. and features 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
  • Restrooms - flush restrooms open seasonally during regular hours. Vault toilet available for scheduled programs only
  • 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.

Float tube fishing is permitted on all River's Edge ponds except Jayhawker North; all other boating and swimming activities are prohibited. View River's Edge rules & regulations.

Parking is available on-site at 960 W. First St. and 970 W. First St. Parking is also available at the Thompson School District building at 800 S. Taft Ave, with access via Ryan's Gulch Trail. Walk-in access is available via Mineral Trail at Carlisle Drive entrance, and via the trail at 715 S. Roosevelt (Railroad Ave).

Colorado Native Plant Society Demonstration Gardens

Two demonstration garden areas were created in spring 2019 near Bass Pond and Sandpiper Pond with assistance from volunteers and members of the CO Native Plant Society (CoNPS). These native plantings will provide habitat for pollinators and educational opportunities for visitors. Funding from the Larimer County Small Grants for Community Partnering made this project possible.

Milkweed for Monarchs Project

The "Milkweed for Monarchs" planting projects in 2016 and 2018 were a great success! Volunteers helped plant 4,000 showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) to provide habitat for monarch butterflies. The ongoing project is sponsored by the Loveland Initiative for Monarch Butterflies (LIMB). Thank you volunteers!

What is River's Edge Natural Area? 

River's Edge Natural Area was purchased by the City in 2011 as part of the former HP/Agilent property acquisition. Proceeds from the City’s Open Lands CEF (Capital Expansion Fee) fund were allocated for the acquisition, designating the site for open space uses only.  

In 2013, the HP/Agilent Open Space property was given a new name – River’s Edge Natural Area. More than 150 name suggestions were submitted, with references to local wildlife, plants, history, and people. “River’s Edge Natural Area” was selected based on the natural features and location of the site along the Big Thompson River. 

Following the 2013 Big Thompson flood, funds from a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Flood Recovery Grant, as well as FEMA flood recovery dollars, helped pay for reconstruction of trails, pond access points and wetlands damaged during the flood.

Contact Info

If you need additional information, please call the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at 970.962.2727. 

To report maintenance issues, please phone the on-call staff at 970.962.2730 (April to October).

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