Curry's Commercial Outfitter Floating Act
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Colorado River Outfitters Association
SUPPORT HB 10-XXX
Commercial Outfitters Floating Act
Sponsors: Representative Curry and Senator Hodge
Commercial river running contributed $142 million to Colorado’s economy in 2008 when more than 500,000 people enjoyed our scenic rivers. Yet, the ability to provide commercial river running is under serious threat because wealthy out-of-state landowners want to prohibit licensed outfitters from providing trips on historically rafted rivers. The 2010 Commercial Outfitters Floating Act protects Colorado’s tourism industry by clarifying the rights of commercial guides to operate on Colorado’s historically run rivers.
Commercial rafting contributed $142 million to Colorado’s economy in 2008 while providing river trips to more than 500,000 people.
Current state law is unclear regarding the ability of commercial outfitters to float through private property.
A new landowner purchased property to subdivide into ranchettes on the Taylor River near Gunnison and is threatening expensive legal action against commercial river outfitters, who have been providing river trips on the stretch of river for more than 20 years.
Another out-of-state landowner drove a small commercial outfitter out of business on the Lake Fork near Lake City under similar circumstances in 2000.
Commercial outfitters, the guides they employ, and the local economies that they support are at risk if landowners successfully prohibit them from floating on Colorado’s rivers.
What the Bill Does and Does Not Do
Establishes that licensed outfitters, floating on historically commercially floated rivers, cannot be charged with civil trespass if they make accidental contact with the bed or banks of Colorado’s rivers, or portage around hazards that would put their passengers at risk.
Makes no changes to the rights that private boaters currently have.
Clearly protects landowners from liability if a rafter is injured while passing through their property.
Does not change the ability of landowners to construct facilities on their property.
Consequence If Not Approved
The ability of Colorado’s $142 million river rafting industry to operate on Colorado’s rivers would be put at serious risk.
For more information please contact Adam Eichberg (303-204-6930) or Will Coyne (720-308-7931)