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Today Saturday the 18th of July I was buzzed by two jet skis at south canyon. The wave wasn't in so I headed to the Glenwood playpark where these two guys were jumping there jet skis off the concrete blocks that are just under water on the river left side. As far as I know this part of the Colorado is off limits to powered watercraft. This guys were pretty aprochable and talked to me after I called the cops because they were being more than a little reckless. For example I watched them jump and crash at least a dozen times in 15 minutes. The officer didn't give them a ticket but I'm pretty sure it was totally illegal. They approched me afterward and were pretty cool and said that they "just wanted to share the river". I'm all for sharing but inless you're search and rescue I'm pretty sure you can't have a motorized craft on the water. Can anyone let me know if I'm off base? And if it is illegal who would inforce the law?
 

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I don't think you were off base. I used to live and surf in Florida, with the largest infestation of jet skis in the world. Most of them are cool and safe and keep their distance from surfers and swimmers but there enough retarded ones that sometimes you just have to tell them to get lost.

I was surfing in Cocoa Beach with a buddy once and this jet ski kept hauling ass through the lineup and jumping waves and doing fat turns and throwing rooster tails in front of us between sets. My buddy motioned him over and the guy idled up to us with a huge smile on his face like he was having the time of his life and wasn't it cool that he was surfing with us. My buddy told him, "Do you think we like it when you buzz us with that noisy stinky piece of shit? Get the FUCK OUT OF HERE!". I thought that guy was going to cry. My friend was going to tear his head off and shit down his neck and the guy knew it. He peeled out in our faces and then got out of there, which was a wise move.
 

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We saw the same dynamic duo just down river from where you ran into them... I agree that they don't belong, although I will say that they did try to keep a safe distance when our paths crossed. Did the police do anything at all?
 

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No the police just questioned and ran their vehicle registration. The skis were old and modified for the river environment. The guys were not rude at all and did try to keep their distance. They mentioned that they were local and implied that they would be back so heads up. Unfortunately the smell sound and shock of seeing a craft moving upstream at high speed freaked me out. In a crash of any kind that jet ski would win and with all the tubers, fisherman, rafters, stand up boarders do we really need to think about motorized water craft? Plus being hidden in the trough of a wave while surfing is scary enough with rafts coming down it would be frightening to worry about craft that will bash you to bits coming upstream.

We saw the same dynamic duo just down river from where you ran into them... I agree that they don't belong, although I will say that they did try to keep a safe distance when our paths crossed. Did the police do anything at all?
 

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Sounds like no one knows if it is legal or not.

Either way you guys sound more than a little elitist. Kayakers don't own the river. It is a public right of way, that means the public gets to use it provided they are within the established rules.

If it is legal for them to be there then either learn to deal with it or go somewhere they can't. And no, I don't ride a jet ski, can't stand em.
 

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I understand how I sound elitist in the above posts. To clarify I'm all for sharing the river with all responsible and legal users; tubers, swimmers, boggie borders, kayakers, rafts, fisherman.....even jet-skis if their legal for this section. I've boated on rivers shared with motorized craft and had no problem. Today I thought that I was in an area with no motorized craft and was startled when all of a sudden I wasn't. In eleven years of boating this section of river I've seen one other jet-ski and I watched the guy get out and have a very long talk with a sheriff and have never saw him again.


Sounds like no one knows if it is legal or not.

Either way you guys sound more than a little elitist. Kayakers don't own the river. It is a public right of way, that means the public gets to use it provided they are within the established rules.

If it is legal for them to be there then either learn to deal with it or go somewhere they can't. And no, I don't ride a jet ski, can't stand em.
 

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Sounds like no one knows if it is legal or not.

Either way you guys sound more than a little elitist. Kayakers don't own the river. It is a public right of way, that means the public gets to use it provided they are within the established rules.

If it is legal for them to be there then either learn to deal with it or go somewhere they can't. And no, I don't ride a jet ski, can't stand em.
agreed! why does everyone have to call the cops/get upset when they see something different or something they dont like??

"different strokes for different folks"!!!
 

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agreed! why does everyone have to call the cops/get upset when they see something different or something they dont like??

"different strokes for different folks"!!!
I know for a fact (have pics to prove it) that my pops and pals used to motor boat up and down the colorado when they were growin up in G-wood in the 50's..... Pretty sure in the late 60's is when they said they did not want waterskiing on the flatwater above the dam... Fair to say things have changed a bit over in that valley since then...

I bet it would be fun to see.... I cant see why you would call the cops???? This was outside of g-wood so it will fall to sherriff and flat out - he has more important things to do..

The officer did not give them a ticket.... Just another way of sayin that you were wastin the sheriff's time... I would say that you were out of line to call the cops before you talked to these guys...

If it were me I would just mind my own business next time.....
 

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I thought of that. I've seen fish clear the falls so an eighty horsepower ski might make it. I'm joking about the whole idea, but in the 80's there was talk of people making it to Basalt. I don't know if it is true or not, but it would be an awesome poach!
 

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First reaction is to call the cops??? Congratulations, maybe you should call the Sierra Club and get a junior eco-Nazi ribbon to pin on your life vest.
 

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This forum is pretty funny. As an avid snowmobiler, I have read many posts on the buzz that BASH snomo's just for being out there. A few threads come to mind: Snowmobiles on Aspen Mountain and Snowmobiles on Bethod Pass. In these threads, snowmobilers (for the most part) get blasted by the buzz community for being back country (or near country) users.

I find it really funny that people would bash a snomobiler, and yet think that use of a jet ski on the river is OK. I am all for mechanized transport in any area that it is deemed appropriate. Be this the Colorado River or the White River national Forest. I do not know the regulations on the Glenwood section of the CO.

When in doubt, call the NFS or BLM and ask hypothtically if this use is allowed. If it is, then maybe a friendly chat with said owner of vessel is in order to make sure they are following safe protocol. If it is not, the you have to make up your own mind on what to do.
 

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For many years I owned a powerful aluminum inboard jet boat in Alaska and I'm confident at high water I could launch at Parkdale and run all the way to Salida on the Ark.

I'd hate to see it happen, but I'm not sure it's illegal :confused:
 

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For many years I owned a powerful aluminum inboard jet boat in Alaska and I'm confident at high water I could launch at Parkdale and run all the way to Salida on the Ark.

I'd hate to see it happen, but I'm not sure it's illegal :confused:

AHRA does not premit motorized travel on the river between Leadville and the end of the Royal Gorge (at least, may be further).
 

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On a serious note though. I'm not sure if that section is legal or not. If it is, cut the guys some slack. Saying they don't belong is going against the same issues we bring up as kayakers/rafters to gain access to rivers.

I will say that I come from a background of freeriding/freestyle standup jetski's. I have run rapids on my ski but its not common and would only ride where they allow motorized traffic. Give these guys some time and let them sink a ski and loose it. Then they will see why its not commonly done. I have seen it happen at niagra. $20,000 dollar custom ski swamped and washed down river never to be seen again.

As far as a good rider being able to run the colorado. Check out this vid and you tell me. YouTube - Niagra Falls Jetski Ride
 

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AHRA does not premit motorized travel on the river between Leadville and the end of the Royal Gorge (at least, may be further).
I'm not meaning to appear confrontational but have you got a link for that? I say that because I've never been able to find one and my googlefu is pretty strong. I'm not sure they have ever addressed it perhaps because they don't think it could be done.
 

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On a serious note though. I'm not sure if that section is legal or not. If it is, cut the guys some slack. Saying they don't belong is going against the same issues we bring up as kayakers/rafters to gain access to rivers.

I will say that I come from a background of freeriding/freestyle standup jetski's. I have run rapids on my ski but its not common and would only ride where they allow motorized traffic. Give these guys some time and let them sink a ski and loose it. Then they will see why its not commonly done. I have seen it happen at niagra. $20,000 dollar custom ski swamped and washed down river never to be seen again.

As far as a good rider being able to run the colorado. Check out this vid and you tell me. YouTube - Niagra Falls Jetski Ride
Most impressive. I would not mind seeing that on non-wilderness rivers.
 
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