4 cross river barbed wire fences on South boulder creek
I live in eldorado springs on south boulder creek. After 2 weeks of asking every boater i know to boat the lower section (below eldo dam) of South Boulder Creek, I finally decided to buck up and run it solo. Starts out, quick but biggest hazard is tree branches and no real threats. Then, I see two huge rusty 10 foot diameter pipes in the water. I don't know what they are for, but don't seem to have much purpose. They are about 5 to 10 feet long and cover half the river. Right by the pipes is a cord across the river saying no trespassing.
At this point, I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to portage and trespass on private property and my car is down at Marshall Mesa lot, so I continue on. About 1/8 mile downstream is a single line of barbed wire. Its dusk and I barely see it. There are no eddies and I scramble to the shore, grabbing a branch to stop. My boat flips and my head sinks under water. I try to remain calm and pull my skirt, exiting while holding on to my gear. I portage the line, and curse a few times.
I look around and I'm a little worried about dogs. There is an old burned out house and a chair, but not much else. I quickly get back in my boat and continue down. Shortly there after, there is another bw line across the river. I repeat the scenario, now a bit more freaked out at my predicament. I continue on and another, and another. The last one, I don't see in time, its around a bend and its a full fence. Something like 4 lines of bw. My boat end goes through it and I'm paddling for what I feel is my life. I don't know how, but I'm able to paddle out of it, grab a rock and do a quick exit.
Right by the full fence is a note reading something like "boulder open space beyond this sign". Now I'm confused. Who is trying to kill me (a bit overreacting here, but I really could have gotten in serious trouble quickly)? Is the city of Boulder compliant with the bw fencing across the river? Or, is this private land owner work. Plus, is there a reason for the bw that I'm not seeing?
So, who was in the wrong? Me, for passing through the "no trespassing" sign. Or, whoever put up the wire? I'm angry, scared and a little jaded about the whole situation. Why not just let people run this section? Its not that good, but its in my back yard.
Thanks for reading this and all comments are appreciated,