Colorado River Access (CO)

In 2010, the Colorado Legislature is considering a bill (House Bill 1188 or the “River Outfitters Bill”), which helps protect the rights of commercial boaters to float on commercial sections of river, and also increases the safety of boaters by decriminalizing incidental contact with private land to portage obstacles. HB -1188 is a good bill, but doesn't go far enough! AW is working with Colorado Whitewater to ensure the bill provides safe access and rights of navigation to ALL boaters on EVERY river.

River Access Task Force Submits Recommendations to Colorado Governor

posted February 2, 2011
by Nathan Fey
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Colorado - On December 23, Governor Bill Ritter issued a report outlining a series of proposals for resolving disputes between landowners and rafters in Colorado. He also signed an executive order creating the River Access Mediation Commission to provide a way for some of the most contentious conflicts between boaters and property owners to be addressed. The Governor’s River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force was a 17-member group created in July of 2010 to help craft ways to sort out conflicts on Colorado rivers on a stretch-by-stretch basis as those disputes arise.

AW Releases Colorado River Access Video

posted September 21, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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American Whitewater and our affiliates in Colorado have been working on issues with safe public access to rivers in the state. Our staff and partners in Colorado have created this film, which focuses on the recent conflicts on the Taylor River and the risk to the public's right to float on this pristine Colorado waterway.

River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force created in Colorado

posted July 28, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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Colorado's Governor has created a Task Force charged with establishing a framework for landowners and boaters to efficiently and fairly resolve disputes over the use of rivers as they arise. The Task Force will NOT decide whether there is a "right to float" in Colorado.

AW Testifies in Colorado Senate on Right to Float

posted March 16, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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American Whitewater staff and members of Colorado Whitewater provided testimony yesterday on HB 10-1188 in the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee.

After over 7 hours of testimony, the Committee voted 4-3 to move the bill into the full Senate for debate.  Thanks to the efforts of CW and AW, the senate has  amended the bill to include all paddlers, not just commercial outfitters, and moves Colorado closer to recognizing the publics "right to float" on Colorado's Rivers.

Take Action on Colorado's Right to Float Bill!

posted March 4, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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This spring, the Colorado Legislature is considering a bill, which helps protect the rights of commercial boaters to float on commercial sections of river, and increases the safety of boaters by decriminalizing incidental contact with private land to portage obstacles. HB -1188 is a good bill, but doesn't go far enough! HB-1188 passed out of the House by a vote of 40-25, and is scheduled to be introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote on March 17th. We urge you to contact members of Colorado’s Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB-1188, and to amend the bill to include all members of the paddling public.

Vote Today! Should Recreational Boaters have a Right to Float in Colorado?

posted February 23, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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A couple of Colorado media outlets came out opposed to HB 1188! But we can fight back and let our opinions be heard too.

VOTE NOW in the ONLINE POLL - it takes 1 minute!

Colorado Legislature Tackles River Access Bill

posted February 10, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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The Colorado legislature is considering House Bill 10-1188 (HB-1188), legislation that attempts to clarify Colorado’s river access laws.  As written, HB-1188 is limited to commercial outfitters and sections of river that have been commercially rafted. AW continues to work to amend the bill to include private paddlers, and is neither supporting or opposing the bill at this time.

Colorado Bill Proposes Right of River Navigation

posted January 6, 2010
by Nathan Fey
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The Colorado River Outfitters Association is supporting new legislation that protects Colorado’s tourism industry by clarifying the rights of commercial guides to operate on Colorado’s historically run rivers. Colorado State Representative Kathleen Curry has indicated her willingness to carry the River Jobs Protection Act in the Second Regular Session of the Colorado General Assembly. American Whitewater has been involved in drafting and review of the bill, and will release a official statement later this month.


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projects - Colorado River Access (CO)

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Associated Rivers

Animas [CO]
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01h28m
Arkansas [CO]
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00h43m
Big Thompson [CO]
med
01h28m
Boulder Creek, South [CO]
low
00h43m
Boulder Creek [CO]
low
01h13m
low
00h58m
Fraser [CO]
low
01h13m
Lake Fork Gunnison [CO]
low
00h28m
Saint Vrain Creek, North [CO]
San Juan [CO]
low
00h28m
low
00h43m
Taylor River Canyon [CO]
med
01h13m
Willow Creek [CO]

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