Roaring Fork River access now legit |

Roaring Fork River access now legit

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

WOODY CREEK ” It’s official ” anglers and kayakers now have legal access to the Roaring Fork River near the Gerbaz Bridge in Woody Creek.

Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday approved Rick Neiley’s gift of an access easement that would make it legal to park near the bridge and walk down to the water (something watersport enthusiasts have been doing for years).

The board gave a round of applause for the efforts of Neiley, a former county open space board member, who county officials said was “walking his talk.”

“It will be legitimate access to the river for the first time,” said Dale Will, director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.

There is some question about the gravel parking area along the road, which was set aside as part of an earlier subdivision, Will said.

But the easement gives Pitkin County Open Space and Trails the right to manage the area, and perhaps add a boat ramp or improve the parking lot some time in the future, Will said.

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