Pella Crossing
Pella Crossing

Pella Crossing

Enjoy the peaceful waters of Pella Crossing where you can escape the urban pace.

Braly TrailsHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed E-bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
1.8 miles – Easy
Marlatt TrailsHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed E-bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
1.1 miles – Easy


  • 39 car spots and 2 horse trailer parking spots.

Picnic Areas

  • 2 tables and grill and group shelter east of parking lot.
  • 3 tables on Marlatt Trails.


  • At trailhead and Marlatt Trails.

Keep in Mind

  • Some areas are closed to the public as wildlife refuges.
  • Swimming and wading are not allowed.
  • Use of boats is permitted only while fishing.

Documents, Field Guides & Plans

Fishing at Pella Crossing

  • Bluegill (limit 20), Black crappie (limit 20), Channel Catfish (limit 10), Yellow Perch (limit 20), Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass (catch & release).
  • Artificial flies and lures only.
  • Portable boats and float tubes permitted while fishing only. Each pond has a float tube/boat entry point.
  • Wading is prohibited.
  • Fishing is allowed at Heron Lake, Sunset Pond, Dragonfly Pond, Poplar Pond, and Clearwater Pond. Fishing is prohibited at Webster Pond.
  • Learn more about Fishing on Open Space.

Wetland habitats, nestled within the surrounding Great Plains, support aquatic plant and animal life and serve to lure in large numbers of migrating bird species. With grasses, wildflowers and trees surrounding the wetlands, these areas are biologically diverse both in and out of the water.


  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Deer mouse
  • Little brown bat
  • White-tailed deer
  • Muskrat
  • Nuttall’s cottontail
  • Raccoon
  • Red fox
  • Rock squirrel
  • Western harvest mouse


  • American coot
  • American crow
  • American goldfinch
  • American kestrel
  • American widgeon
  • American white pelican
  • Barn swallow
  • Belted kingfisher
  • Black-billed magpie
  • Blue jay
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Broad-tailed hummingbird
  • Brown-headed cowbird
  • Canada goose
  • Cedar waxwing
  • Common goldeneye
  • Common grackle
  • Common merganser
  • Common nighthawk
  • Common raven

Amphibians & Reptiles

  • Chorus frog
  • Western painted turtle
  • Bullsnake
  • Western Plains garter snake


  • Black crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Channel catfish
  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Tiger muskie
  • Yellow perch

Coming Soon

From Gravel Mine to Ecosystem

The eastern side of Pella Crossing was opened to the public in 1996 after it was donated to the county by Frontier Materials, Inc. in 1992. The property was an agricultural site before it was mined for gravel from 1975 to 1990.

In 1995 the western property was purchased from Willis and Alberta Marlatt and added to Pella Crossing.

The Name

This spot, called “Laramie Crossing” in 1860s, is where the Overland Trail stagecoach crossed the St. Vrain Creek en route from Denver to Laramie, Wyoming.

Hygiene Elementary 5th graders won a competition to name the donated open space property. They chose the name, Pella Crossing, because the property is the midpoint between 19th century towns Pella and North Pella.

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