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Old 10-12-2010   #1
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West Slope, Colorado
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Fish Ford boat ramp on the CO?

Has anyone used the Fish Ford boat ramp lately? Is it difficult to find? I'm curious about it's accessibility, especially if we camp in the cottonwoods across from where I think the boat ramp is located. Any advice about camping in this area and accessing the boat ramp would be appreciated.

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Old 10-12-2010   #2
Breckenridge, Colorado
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I took out at Fish Ford a few weeks back, after the water dropped - so maybe in the 3k range. I've taken out there at higher levels also. The landing is a gravel bar, kind of small. The road to the gravel bar is single lane over packed sand. The road is not overly steep. We have 4 wheel drive and trailer with tires that need replaced, and did use the 4 wheel drive. I don't know if you might have trouble on that road if you have 2 wheel drive. I THINK you could make it, but not really sure. Well up from the river at Fish Ford is some BLM camp sites under large cotton woods with a picnic table and a fire ring and a toilet. It's very infrequently used, so not as buggy as you might expect in a BLM campground. Other than not being able to see the river from the camp, it isn't bad. So far as camping above Fish Ford...I think the best place is a little before the WW take-out - below Big Horn - - after you come out of the canyon. I think its a designated WW site and you may need to get it as a second night on WW, and I don't know if they would give you a second night. I don't remember any good looking camping on river left across from Fish Ford, but then again, I wasn't looking for camping - I was looking for the ramp on river right. If you are paying attention its not hard to spot. Gravel bar with a narrow gap in the willows/tammies. I enjoy extending the WW trip and not driving after partying after the rapids, and camping at Fish Ford and driving home the next morning is a good way to go. It's a pretty float too - didn't do it once due to winds...but you get the idea. Are you floating on to Dewey?

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Old 10-12-2010   #3
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Like Melissa says, its easy to spot. There's no second night in Westwater according to the regulations. There is a campsite on River L across from Fish Ford under a huge cottonwood, you may need to go down a side channel to get to it. There's also a campsite on River L after you get out of the regulated part of Westwater but about a half mile above Cisco Landing.

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