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Post By: puntfish      Posted: 5/14/2019 6:23:18 PM     Points: 16    
Well I was at Chatfield at 3:00 pm today and diturbed to see 3 paddle boards out in the wake area on the main lake. To make it worse when I went by Massey Draw they have paddle board rentals in that parking lot. This is ridiculous.I have seen how they have taken over lakes like Union and other lakes in the front range. I talked to 1 ranger and the boat inspectors and they said they can go where they want. GREAT
 Reply by: Gwill      Posted: May. 14, 9:16:57 PM     Points: 3350    
Pretty sure it's just temporary until they get the swim beach area open.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: May. 15, 9:27:52 AM     Points: 7787    
yea when we had the CKFC tournament at Chatty a couple weeks ago, we launched our of Eagle Cove and when we came back at 2pm they had the paddle board rental vehicle parked next to my truck. sounds like they are moving it around until their normal spot is done with construction.
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: May. 15, 9:39:18 AM     Points: 0    
I hate the idea of a commercial enterprise operating out of our state parks. There is considerable liability letting these stand up paddle boarders with no safety measures, noises making devices etc. out with huge power boats....makes no sense to me...wait and see what happens if some idiot gets mowed over...
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: May. 15, 10:43:52 AM     Points: 442    
It's their state park too. I don't like those big boats racing around Chatfield, but they have just as much right as I do when I am out fishing or paddling with the family.
Though I do not agree with concessionaires taking up public parking spaces in the parks. I assume they pay considerable fees to utilize the park as their place of business, I do realize that it does provide more funding to the parks and gets people outdoors. The amount of people using them means it is a resource that people want. Those people are paying for passes or entry fee. So it is a good thing.
I went by the afternoon of the CKFC tournament and could not get into the parking lot of Eagle Cove because it was completely full and the paddle board rental guy was set up. They had a ranger directing traffic elsewhere.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: May. 15, 11:13:37 AM     Points: 3441    
The marina is a private enterprise in a state park, and rents boats to people who probably have no business driving one.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: May. 15, 11:43:39 AM     Points: 26758    
Other than owning your own lake, that you don't let anyone else use... You are going to have to share...

Even on private lakes, if you are not the only one with access to it, you will have to share..

If I had to chose between paddle boarders, and the surf boats that leave massive wakes, and play music loud enough that people in Utah can hear it... I'll take the paddleboarders..

They are like the pedestrians or bicyclists of the roads... and I bet they will continue to get the same preferential treatment that cyclist have
 Reply by: Tubejig      Posted: May. 15, 2:47:23 PM     Points: 434    
Paddle boards do not disrupt my fishing. I have no problem with them.
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: May. 15, 8:06:31 PM     Points: 0    
I find them to be a bit to arrogant for me...I have had them disrupt my fishing and be rude about it.....however It should be a bit concerning that 200 hp. Bayliners can tear around in a counter clock wise manner and be mixed in w s.u.paddlers..A wake can make one fall off.....no body is there with them to flag that someone is in water...and thats how accidents happen...
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: May. 15, 8:53:41 PM     Points: 1660    
Designated areas would make the most sense.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: May. 15, 9:34:42 PM     Points: 198    
No offense Scotty but a 200 horse on a Bayliner???? Wouldn't that be like taking a motor from a Dodge Demon and installing it in a Yugo? I have to agree with Ajax. Not being a wise guy here but how do they disrupt fisherman?
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: May. 15, 9:59:13 PM     Points: 2483    
Have to mostly agree with Able and Ajax, while the SUP drivers are probably the lowest skilled recreators on the lake, they have a right to splash around like everyone else. Not being under power they also tend to have right of way. Going to Chatfield on a nice spring/summer day with the assumption that you will be free to fish undisturbed is just not realistic. Like when I see someone trying to run planner boards in the middle of the typical weekend free-for-all (I always cringe when I see someone try that) then getting upset because some yahoo crosses their line. What did they expect with a thousand other boats crammed onto that little pond.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: May. 15, 10:02:11 PM     Points: 26758    
A 200hp Bayliner?!? Why not talk about the 500+hp Malibu and Tigť surf boats?

Iíll be the first to play devils advocate here... both the SUPs and surf boats typically have a bunch of bikini clad girls on them... that part I like...

Better that looking at all you crusty old fishermen :)

And.. RogBow... careful what you ask for. If they have designated areas, you wonít be allowed in them in a boat... what if the area they picked was your sweet spot? Would seem a lot better at that time to share the honey hole with Tiffani (she dots the I with a heart but I canít do that) on her SUP in a thong...
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: May. 15, 10:17:34 PM     Points: 198    
OK now I'm going to spend more time at Chatfield. :)
 Reply by: bron      Posted: May. 16, 5:55:57 AM     Points: 28824    
Ajax is spot on.
 Reply by: aFTeRm4Th      Posted: May. 16, 8:15:58 AM     Points: 315    
Well guess Iíll bring the yak down to Chatfield... you know whatís really annoying..!? All those big head boaters that get in our way.. 😂😂👌🏻
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: May. 16, 8:40:11 AM     Points: 3441    
Remember, everybody hates somebody, and everybody thinks their pursuit is more worthy than everyone else's.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: May. 16, 1:45:18 PM     Points: 265    
"Remember, everybody hates somebody, and everybody thinks their pursuit is more worthy than everyone else's."

Correct shiverfix.
Hence, the need for laws to regulate, restrict and limit other people's pursuits.


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