Originally Posted by riverred
Does anyone have information on the dam that blocks the gunnison river between hwy 50 and hwy 65 just upstream from Delta? I believe that it is an illegal dam because there is no way around it and the landowner does NOT allow you to portage. IF you have pictures please post or send to [email protected]
here is a google map link. The damn is between 50 and 65 bridges.
maps delta, co - Google Maps
Is it a privately built dam? Check to see if it has a boat chute or passageway, as required, I believe, by law. Take pics and check with Army Corps of Engineers to confirm they know about it and that it has been properly permitted and conforms to the law... construction, portage or otherwise.
There may be a legal right to portage if there's no adequate boat chute, the dam represents a hazard and/or it creates a "necessary" reason to portage. Check Colorado Revised Statutes and/or with CofE for the laws.
There was an illegal structure built by a ranch in South Park a few years ago that had to be removed and mitigated.