Cheyenne posted the statue last week when this came up.
If I'm reading it correctly the Sheriff does have the authority to close the river to kayaks and rafts if he deems it to be "hazard to human life or safety". But then again when is a river not a hazard to human life or safety?
I think that they should stress the use of caution and only those who are advanced and confident in their skills should use the river at this time. Although who am I to talk, I'm just the woman who needed to be rescued a few weeks ago. I just started the rescue season off.
This is statue he posted in this thread:
There is a Colorado State statue that limits when an agency can close a river to kayaks and multi-chamber rafts.
Colorado Statutes : TITLE 33 WILDLIFE AND PARKS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION : PARKS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION : ARTICLE 13 VESSELS : 33-13-111. Authority to close waters.
33-13-111. Authority to close waters.
(1) (a) The board shall promulgate rules to prohibit the operation of vessels on any waters of the state and ordering the removal of vessels from any waters of the state when such operation constitutes or may constitute a hazard to human life or safety.
(b) For purposes of this subsection (1), "vessels" shall not include whitewater canoes and kayaks except in the case of:
(I) A state of disaster emergency pursuant to section 24-32-2104 or 24-32-2109, C.R.S.;
(II) Disaster relief efforts that are underway and that may include debris removal;
(III) An accident or other emergency that occurs in or immediately adjacent to the water body;
(IV) Rescue efforts for victims that are actively underway and such efforts would be hindered by additional waterway traffic; or
(V) Active construction or transportation projects authorized under state or federal law.
(2) Any parks and recreation officer or other peace officer as defined in section 33-10-102 has the authority to enforce the provisions of this section under the rules promulgated by the board.
(3) Any person who fails to obey an order issued under this section is guilty of a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars.
Source: L. 84: Entire article added, p. 904, § 2, effective January 1, 1985. L. 95: (3) amended, p. 973, § 22, effective July 1. L. 2003: (1) and (3) amended, p. 1948, § 24, effective May 22.
Am. Jur.2d. See 12 Am. Jur.2d, Boats and Boating, § 6.
Applied in People v. Boyd, 642 P.2d 1 (Colo. 1982).