Originally Posted by watermonkey
The Hwy 133 bridge is clear. At these flows, and they're coming up (it was 63 degrees up on Schofield yesterday) the BRB bridge is looking pretty short. I'm not sure I can get my oar rig under it. Kayak should be OK. Does anyone know if you can launch rafts on river right immediately below the BRB bridge? I would be the easiest launch, but might be private.
To check if the specific put in/take out location is private or public, contact your county roads and bridges, rights of way or engineer person and/or county commissioner's office to confirm the bridge width right of way via a survey or other confirming documentation. This info may also be found via an online property search at your county assessor's web site map/database. The public county bridge ROW is probably 60' wide, which may mean 30' for the bridge width itself, then 15' on high side and low side. If so, the 15' on either side is part of an existing public ROW and, as long as public travel of any type (bike, walk, boat, etc) is done within it and county is ok with it, everyone knows what the score is and it should be good to go even with a fence abutting the bridge itself. Park in a safe place to avoid bridge and road travel, pass the boat over or through the fence and put in/take out within the ROW. Essentially, this is what the 2009 Montana Public Bridge Access ("gated fence") law clarifies. Public access already exists within the county ROW, it just needs to be clarified here in Colorado so that there's no further need to contact county for confirmation.
To be very clear about it, also contact sheriff department.