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
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
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