Thanks to Slave for providing the Taylor backstory on the local landowners and the legislative process.
Those legislative hearings were amazing - Listening to the landowner groups was when I realized that giving Colorado boaters the same access to rivers as in the vast majority of other states will lead to the downfall of Western Civilization, deflowering of the girl next door, and that kayakers would be allowed, no wait, required
, to raid riparian landowners' refrigerators and clean out all their Schlitz and turkey legs.
But seriously though...
The point here is - Don't be intimidated, float if you want to float. Be respectful, be safe, and be smart. Learn the laws and regulations, understand your rights and let no one trample them.
I agree wholeheartedly with this. We have rights and should exercise them. My point is that we should check our attitudes at the put in and encourage other boaters not to seek out confrontations.
The National Rivers article appears to present a slam dunk case for Colorado access. Unfortunately, my understanding is that the NR position is overly optimistic for us to rely on for Colorado. Neither I, nor to my knowledge, Slave, are attorneys and I'm confident there are better legal and strategic minds than ours who have been working on Colorado boater access for decades. If it were a matter of laying out the case presented by NR, I think this issue would've been settled a long time ago.