Originally Posted by Beardance42
Update - called the DOW in Glenwood. Very nice girl brought me up to speed. All the paperwork should be done and the access site should be publicly accessible again after 6/12.
If you do call in for updates, please be nice to the people who take your call at DOW. They're only trying to help us maintain our access to someone else's private land.
The river water is the peoples domain, we only want acess to what is rightfully ours to use for recreation. Colorado State Law is horrible in this area. Many Western States allow the public access to the public water and use of the river bank up to the highwater mark. In Colorado landowners own the land under the peoples water and if the body of water is not legislated as a navigatable river no access is granted by law to that section of river. This is true despite the fact that you can float the river but you may not because it has not been legislated as navigatable.
The DOW is paid to provide a service to the people of Colorado. 88% of the DOW budget is paid for by lic fees or Hunting and Fishing TAXES depending on how you look at it. They are losing business to hunters and fisherman (wonder why) and to keep the DOW budget funded they have forced additional taxes on the people that they serve to use the peoples land and access we the people water ways. Over 30% of the DOW budget goes to enforcement of additional laws that they enact without having to follow the std rule of law or abide by the constitution. (for example guns are banned from all state parks)
Certainly be nice to them, they are nice people, they are trying to serve the people localy. Just remember they don't make the priorities or decisions at the local level. Go to the top, start with your representatives and congressman. let your voice be known. Call the Public Affairs department of Colorado DOW: Public Affairs 303-291-7307