Community Projects

Big Thompson Canyon Access Pier

BTWC and many partners will complete construction on a new Big Thompson Canyon Access Pier in late Spring 2019. The former pier, located on USFS land, was an important recreation landmark in the Big Thompson. 

Project Description

The Big Thompson Watershed is a heavily visited corridor to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, which is enjoyed by community members and visitors for a variety of outdoor experiences including trout fishing and other river activities. Thirty years ago, volunteers came together to build a fishing pier on USFS land at mile marker 72 in the Big Thompson Canyon that was accessible to people with a range of mobility levels. That pier was destroyed by the 2013 flood. In 2016, the BTWC obtained funds from a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing is Fun grant to help construct a new access pier that meets USFS standards at the same location. The BTWC has worked with many generous companies in the area to design and construct the pier, often at heavily discounted prices or no cost, as a generous donation to the community amenity. In 2019, BTWC and partners will complete construction of the pier so that the community can once again enjoy fishing, birdwatching and more at the former location. The pier is being constructed in a manner that will better withstand higher flows and less damage in future floods, prolonging the community benefits for generations to come.

Under construction through Spring 2019

Join Us

Stay tuned for a rescheduled opening day event (anticipated Fall 2019) with  volunteer tree plantings, light refreshments, company and cheer in celebration of the re-opening of this iconic landmark.

Big-T Fact:

Both brown trout and rainbow trout inhabit this stream, and an estimated 40,000 anglers visit the canyon annually in pursuit of these sportfish, bringing $4.1 million into the local economy (CPW talk, 2018). As post-flood restoration allows the fishery to improve, both the number of anglers and the amount of their economic contribution can be expected to increase annually.

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