PAONIA RIVER PARK

A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP


The Paonia River Park is the perfect place to enjoy the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Take advantage of the Park’s picnic tables, boat ramp, and river access, and make your own memories. Come early to watch the North Fork Valley come alive in the sunlight, relax in the shade with your lunch after swimming in the river, or explore the park in the evening cool with family, friends, and your well-behaved dog!

The Paonia River Park is the product of community collaboration and partnership. Once an in-stream gravel mine, the  North Fork River Improvement Association (now the Conservation Center) has worked hard to reclaim the river, restore riparian habitat, and make the park a family-friendly recreation area.  The park now contains a picnic area, boat launch, entryway arch, river viewing platform, an ADA compliant access ramp, and trail access to the river. With the help of the Minnesota Ditch & Reservoir Company, the Conservation Center completed the Paonia River Park Restoration Project in 2013 – a major stepping stone in the transformation of a former in-stream gravel pit into a healthy aquatic ecosystem.

During Fall of 2016, construction will begin on a 1-mile extension of the Paonia River Park’s trail system. This expansion will allow visitors the opportunity to explore the riparian habitat even further without disturbing precious wildlife habitat.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE RIVER


The park is one of the only public access points along the North Fork. Over 95 percent of land along the river is privately owned. The Conservation Center is committed to connecting the community to the river, maintaining a balance between natural and built structures, and ensuring project sustainability through public participation. We work hard to build the relationship between the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the community that surrounds it.

The Paonia River Park was built with a strong emphasis on accessibility with ongoing efforts to improve accessibility even further. We invite everyone of all abilities to come explore the park. The Paonia River Park is open year-round and each season brings its own special charm. Please stop by and let us know what you think!

As you come to love the River Park, please consider supporting the park with your volunteer time and donations. Contact us at (970)527-5307 x 204 for more details.

DIRECTIONS FROM PAONIA

  • Follow Grand Avenue north
  • You will see a brown sign for the Paonia River Park
  • Immediately before the bridge, turn right at the North Fork Historical Society Museum, where you will see the large Paonia River Park entryway arch
  • You are here!  Walk down to the far end of the parking lot to access the boat launch and river trails.  The Paonia River Park extends for 1/2 a mile upriver from the entryway.

DIRECTIONS FROM HIGHWAY 133

  • Turn south onto Grand Avenue
  • Immediately after the bridge, turn left at the North Fork Historical Society Museum, where you will see the large Paonia River Park entryway arch
  • You are here!  Walk down to the far end of the parking lot to access the boat launch and river trails.  The Paonia River Park extends for 1/2 a mile upriver from the entryway.

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