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BLM ups fees along Upper Colorado River

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A small increase in day use fees will help maintain busy facilities along the Upper Colorado River between Pumphouse and Dotsero. Photo courtesy BLM.

Fees go toward facility improvements and seasonal rangers along the river

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Boaters, hikers and anglers will pay just a bit more to use Bureau of Land Management day use areas along the upper Colorado River between Pumphouse and Dotsero.

The daily fee is jumping from $3 to $5 and season passes are climbing from $15 to $20 in the first fee increase since 1998 for the popular area, used by about 60,000 people annually.

“All the fees collected in these areas stay here to provide services and improvements for the people using the area,” said Susan Cassel, acting Kremmling Field Manager. “In addition to helping fund our seasonal rangers, we’ve also made significant improvements to the launch sites, campgrounds and other facilities.”

The fee changes also apply to the Eagle County Open Space access points at State Bridge, Two Bridges, and Dotsero. All the day-use fees collected are used on-site for maintenance and improvements.

Fees for people using commercial outfitters are paid by the outfitters. People who have Access, Annual, Senior or Volunteer Interagency passes will not pay a day-use fee.

BLM river managers also want to make sure anyone planning to float the Upper Colorado River this year is aware they will want to bring a portable toilet system similar to what is required on many other popular floats. The BLM will no longer maintain the two obsolete outhouses between Pumphouse and Rancho del Rio that do not meet current standards for water quality.

Season passes are available during regular business hours by phone at (970) 724-3000 or at the BLM Kremmling Field Office, 2103 E. Park Ave. in Kremmling.

Additional information about floating this stretch of river is available at: http://on.doi.gov/ZPUJhH.

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