Town of Del Norte
Del Norte Trails Organization
Upper Rio Grande Economic Development
Trout Unlimited
Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
Riverbend Engineering
Windsor Hotel
Three Barrel Brewing
University of Colorado

Construction of the playwave and fish passage structure has finished, and the coffer dam has been removed. Additional channel shaping and fish habitat construction will take place once the ice melts. Meanwhile, designs for the picnic area are being finalized. the boat ramp is still closed to the public during this time. (2/18/20)

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Vision Statement

The purpose of the Del Norte Riverfront Project is to improve recreation opportunities and access and the ecological condition of the riparian areas for fish and wildlife habitat on the Rio Grande near North Park in Del Norte. The Del Norte Riverfront Project will, most importantly, create connectivity between the communities and visitors of the San Luis Valley and the river that sustains it.

Current Status

             Great Outdoors Colorado                Colorado Water Conservation Board       Rio Grande County
Gates Family Foundation
Laura Jane Musser Fund
San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative
Colorado Water Conservation Board
New Belgium Brewing
Del Norte Bank

and Community Donors!

Del Norte Riverfront Project


  • Revitalization of the town park, with possible new amphitheater
  • ADA accessible picnic area, with a new parking lot and access road
  • Aquatic habitat improvement with increased breeding and feeding areas
  • Riparian restoration with willow planting and other stabilization projects
  • Permanent hardened boat ramp for put-in and take-out  
  • New boat playwave structure 

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Project Partners

  • Enhance the health of the Rio Grande and the surrounding community
  • Improve the fishery and water quality
  • Encourage the local members of the community and tourists to fish the river
  • Create public access points on the Rio Grande in Del Norte, allowing for recreation in a section of the river that is currently very difficult to access
  • Build inviting space for people to experience the outdoors and enjoy the area
  • Promote recreation tourism, diversifying the town’s economic base


  • Degraded riparian habitat and eroded streambanks due to changing land use practices, removal of  anchoring vegetation, and altered hydrologic regime. 
  • Fragmented aquatic habitat due to multiple upstream diversions. 
  • A disconnection between the community of Del Norte and the Rio Grande, due to lack of recreation and river access infrastructure.

Construction of the grouted rock playwave and fish passage. 

Project Funders

News and Events


The project contractor, Robins Construction, began work on the instream elements in mid-November and will continue throughout the winter. Pictured below is the construction of the grouted rock fish passage and playwave structures. Next, fish habitat improvements, pedestrian river access, and riparian revegetation will be completed throughout the project area. An ADA accessible picnic area and educational signage will be installed later this spring on the north side of the river.

Project Map

623 Fourth St 
Alamosa, CO 81101


Project Contact -- Emma Reesor

The Problem