Post By: puntfish Posted: 5/14/2019 6:23:18 PMPoints: 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: panfishin Posted: May. 15, 9:27:52 AM Points: 7762
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.
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...
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?
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.
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...