The most popular boat ramp and fisherman-access point on the Roaring Fork River between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs will be dedicated today in memory of Sam Caudill.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife leased the boat ramp near the old iron bridge by West Bank subdivision for years and acquired it this year. The agency contemplated what to call the new acquisition and came up with the Sam Caudill State Wildlife Area, according to Kevin Wright, Aspen district wildlife manager. The name is appropriate because Caudill was such a dedicated wildlife advocate and longtime member of the state Wildlife Commission, Wright said. Caudill was also a renowned architect in Aspen. He died in May 2007 at age 84.
A sign describing some of Caudill’s accomplishments and a picture will be dedicated at the ceremony at 10 a.m. today. Members of Caudill’s family will attend. The public is welcome.
The ceremony will be held at the boat-ramp area, just upstream from where Garfield County Road 109 crosses the river.