The entire BLM Upper Colorado River business plan is posted on our web page.
Please go read it so you know all the information... I will try and answer some of the basic questions that have been posted.
The BLM proposes two changes to the current fee schedule. First, the BLM proposes changing the day-use fee from an expanded amenity fee to a standard amenity fee. All services are offered at both sites to comply with Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) for a standard amenity fee. This would allow greater use of America the Beautiful Passes. Changing the classification of the day use fee from an expanded amenity fee to a standard amenity fee would have minimal impact to overall fee revenue. The BLM estimates less than 200 visitors currently use the Interagency Passes at the two fee sites. Revenue loss as a result of the classification change would be less than $1,000 per year. The second proposed change is to increase the day-use fee from $3.00 to $4.00 for private users and from $1.00 to $1.25 for commercial users. This increase is an inflationary increase and would allow the BLM to continue to maintain the same level of visitor services.
All the money that is collected at both Pumphouse and Radium has to be used at these areas or management of these areas (e.g., repairs, maintenance, visitor services, law enforcement directly related to public use and recreation, direct cost associtated with collecting recreation fees, and support of volunteer and partnership projects). The new camp sites at Pumphouse, the new vault toilets (both at launch 2 and in the new camp area down river), the new boat slide at launch 2, the new boat slide at the Confluence Site (Gore put-in), and the new vault toilets at Confluence were all built with user fees (both private and commercial). This summer we are expanding the parking lot at launch 2 and expanding launch 3 so that three vehicles can be dropping boats at the same time. These two projects will also be paid with user fees.
As for the talk about toilets, groovers, and fire pans... The Upper Colorado sees over 60,000 visitors a year. We have seen an increase in both float-fishing and private users. The private users usually do overnight trips along the river. Many other rivers that have this visitation level, on such a small section of river, have made groovers and fire pans mandatory.
BLM Kremmling Field Office and Colorado River Valley Field Office (downriver of State Bridge) are currently going through the Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision. We are looking for public input... On the same web page that is above, you will see a link that says "click here to be on our mailing list" for the Travel Management Plan (the Travel Management Plan is a part of the RMP). Please add your name and we will contact you when our public comment period opens. Many decisions about the Upper Colorado River as well as the rest of our field office will be the outcome of the RMP revision.
Just to clarify, vault toilets are at Confluence, Pumphouse, and Radium. Pit toilets are what are found along the river. We have decommissioned of those because they were full. Until the RMP revision is compete, we will not dig any new pit toilets or enforce groover or fire pan regulations because that is pre-decisional of the RMP Revision.
Please contact me with any additional questions.
Outdoor Recreation Planner
(970) 724-3008 or firstname.lastname@example.org