Thornton Gravel Ponds ....
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 and #3 are located adjacent to the South
Platte River and Denver's South Platte River Trail. The ponds offer the
opportunity to catch a number of species of fish including rainbow
trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch and walleye. Pond #2 (the larger
pond at 59 acres) is only open to fishing from the east side.
Pond #3 (at 23 acres) is accessible by following the path from the parking lot at Pond #2 or by parking at the lot located on Steele St. Follow the Denver South Platte River Trail north a short ways to find the entrance to Pond #3. Pond #2 has two piers one located near the parking lot and the other on the south side of the pond. Thornton Gravel Ponds also have picnic shelters and restrooms near each pond.
Getting there: Located at 88th Ave and Colorado Blvd Parking lot for Pond #2 (Main Parking lot) From I-25 Take the 104th Ave exit off I-25. Follow 104th Ave east to Colorado Blvd. Turn south on Colorado Blvd and head toward 88th Ave. At the light, continue south through the round-about following the road past the parking lot for the Denver South Platte River Trail until you enter the parking lot.
Parking lot for Pond #3 From the intersection of Colorado Blvd and 88th Ave head west about 0.7 miles to Welby Road. Take Welby Road south and continue following the road as it turns into 86th Ave. Turn south on Steele St and follow it until you have passed the railroad tracks. The parking lot with be a short distance further on your left. (Pond #3 can also be reached by following the path on foot/bike from the main parking lot)
Fees: No fees
Boating: None. No boating allowed
Special Regulations: Open from March 15th to October 31st . Only east side of gravel pond #2 open to fishing.
Ice Fishing: No ice fishing allowed
OHV: Not permitted