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Old 07-11-2008   #1
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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boat ramps on the Ark?

Anyone know if there's boat ramps for trailers at fisherman's bridge and Hecla?? Any insight would be helpful...


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Old 07-11-2008   #2
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Hecla - Yes
Fish bridge - no rail slide down the stairs

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Old 07-11-2008   #3
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You can pay to use the ramp at River Runner's on the river right side at Fisherman's. About the same as paying the fee to park on the left side of the river if I remember correctly. Price at River Runners is per boat (same for a raft or kayak), not per vehicle.

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Old 07-11-2008   #4
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Ruby mountain has a boat ramp down stream about 4 miles from fish bridge.
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Old 07-13-2008   #5
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River Runners is a great place to launch a trailered raft & they've just upgraded their launch ramp this year. Make sure to stop in at the office before driving slowly down to the ramp and also please be courteous and considerate of their clientele and the operations there.

The reason I say this is that $5 to back down to the water's edge and launch a fully rigged-for-overnight raft beats the hell out of sliding all your gear down the stairs across the river at FB and I'd hate forr RR to discontinue the service because it became too much of a pain in the ass or private rafters were rude to their custys. On a busy day I bet they make about they same from a dozen trailered rigs and private rafters inflating rafts on their property as they'd get from one paying Brown's 1/2 day customer - I have a hard time seeing it as a big profit center.

Its also about the easiest hitchiking shuttle possible from Hecla & especially Stone Bridge.

Does anyone know if the private launch service is part of RR's lease or permit agreement?

Other trailer access points on the Ark above Salida:

Buena Vista WW Park (free)
Wilderness Aware Outfitters, in Johnson Villiage ($3 or 4 per boat, its a few feet to the water and you wouldn't want to take out there)
RR at FB ($5/boat)
Ruby Mt (AHRA Fee)
Hecla Junction (AHEA Fee, two access points, one's a 15 minute ramp)
Stone Bridge (AHRA Fee)
Big Bend (AHRA Fee, pending new construction)

Below Salida most AHRA areas have boat ramps.

Have a good trip,

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Old 07-13-2008   #6
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plus the fish tacos at river runners make for a great pre or post trip snack.

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