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Old 07-15-2014   #1
 
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Two Bridges River Access

Hey River Rats, we've received some complaints about use at Two Bridges, so I thought I'd ask for help with the following:

1. Nobody should ever be on the bridge or the driveway that crosses the river. If you see people on the bridge tell them to get off of it. This has been a touchy issue with the adjacent landowners.

2. Keep dogs leashed at State Bridge and Two Bridges. Under no circumstances should you or your dog be on private land across the river at Two Bridges. The adjacent landowners keep livestock. ...and bad things can happen to dogs who harass livestock, you owe it to your dog to keep him out of trouble. I am being dead serious about this. Not kidding. Pass it on. Tell others.

3. Eagle County Open Space has a Ranger and he will be spending considerable time at State Bridge and Two Bridges, especially on the weekends. Be nice to him, help him out, be cool, we want him to like his job.

4. We hope to have the sand from the high runoff dredged shortly.

5. Please load an unload quickly, have your friends move away from the ramp if they aren't directly involved in loading boats.

6. Outfitters should not be storing stuff at either facility as a matter of course.

7. We are working to get the phones at State Bridge and Two Bridges repaired, but in the meantime Colorado River Center has kindly hooked up temporary units. They can only be used for local calls or with a calling card.

8. Use the restrooms, we put them in for a reason!

All for now,

Call me with questions, of course, 970-471-6776.

Toby Sprunk
Eagle County Open Space Director

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Old 07-15-2014   #2
 
Littleton, Colorado
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Toby, does the America the Beautiful Nat'l Parks/BLM pass cover state bridge and 2 bridges?

Mywife thought it was weird seeing a sign that said Please pay $5 to use the potty at State Bridge.

SH
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Old 07-16-2014   #3
 
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float time

Whats the float time from state bridge to twin bridges at this level?
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Old 07-16-2014   #4
 
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America the Beautiful Pass and float time

The America the Beautiful Pass, the BLM seasons pass, and day passes bought at Pumphouse and Radium all work at State Bridges and Two Bridges. The money for the seasons pass and day pass goes directly into the site to purchase toilet paper, trash bags, toilet cleaning, staff (to monitor launches and clean the facilities), road work, launch repairs, site host at State Bridge, phones, etc. Many people driving by State Bridge on their way to Steamboat see a toilet, stop and use it and continue on. This adds to our costs for the items listed above. We really appreciate people paying so we can keep these sites in the best shape as possible. If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns about why these sites are fee sites or suggestions, please feel free to call me (Hannah Schechter) at (970) 724-3008 or email [email protected].

The current float time between State Bridge and Two Bridges is between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on how often you are stopping and wind conditions.

Have fun out there!
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Old 07-16-2014   #5
 
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Yes, the repairs and improvements made recently to State Bridge were funded entirely by user fees.

This frees up Eagle County Open Space funds for additional land purchases and new access sites.
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Old 07-16-2014   #6
 
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So....do we need to pay a fee for any use of Two bridges and State Bridge? ie to use bathroom, put in, take out, leave/park car, all of these? How about the downstream access points also? thanks, Chet
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Old 07-16-2014   #7
 
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So....do we need to pay a fee for any use of Two bridges and State Bridge? ie to use bathroom, put in, take out, leave/park car, all of these? How about the downstream access points also? thanks, Chet
Pumphouse, Radium, State Bridge, Two Bridges, and Dotsero require a fee, yes. However, if you have one of the passes Hannah mentioned you are covered. A seasons pass is $20, it is a great deal.

Toby
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Old 07-16-2014   #8
 
Littleton, Colorado
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Toby, Hannah: thrilled with the additional access and amenities! Love the new options on the Colorado!!! Now how about an additional access or two between the sewer plant and Eagle on the Eagle???

SH
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Toby, Hannah: thrilled with the additional access and amenities! Love the new options on the Colorado!!! Now how about an additional access or two between the sewer plant and Eagle on the Eagle???

SH
There is the Wolcott access point...
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Old 07-17-2014   #10
 
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Right, BLM's Rock Park Campground/Boat launch just west of Wolcott breaks up the Edwards to Eagle section.

I've been asked about a boat launch on the recently acquired Horn Ranch property. While we plan to install a new parking area on the western portion of the property, and will allow river access, we will not be building a new concrete ramp. Since Horn is only about 1.2 miles downstream from the Rock Park site it was considered redundant.

We continue to have conversations with landowners all over Eagle County to pursue key access points to rivers and federal lands. Stay tuned!

Toby
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