Boulder County, CO
Rogers Park between Nederland and Boulder, CO provides a unique opportunity for public fishing access on a high mountain stream near significant population centers. ERC was hired by Trout Unlimited to optimize aquatic habitat and angling opportunities on this 2,200 foot stretch of Middle Boulder Creek. The improvements included nine different riffle/pool and step pool features each designed to fit into the varying stream gradient and offer a variety of habitat types. The stream was reshaped along its entire length to create a meandering thalweg that offers improved habitat during low flow periods. Significant bank stabilization work was included in the project to mitigate impacts of past foot traffic and the proximity of the road to the stream. Improved angler access was constructed as part of the river work and riparian vegetation was planted along the corridor to improve bank stability and provide overhead cover for the aquatic environment.