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Lake: Cherry Creek Reservoir

Higher ANS inspection fees equals less ramp access

Post By: GrannyJim      Posted: 5/17/2019 9:31:07 AM     Points: 3    
If you boat on Cherry Creek, please read...

Anyone notice how the West boat ramp is still not open except weekends? The ANS bill that raised our fees for 2019 to fund better inspection hours and resources is so far a joke. Traditionally by May 1st boaters would see both the West and East ramps operating full swing, open early and late all days of the week.. I have to rant because it seems at possibly one of the busiest lakes in the front range boaters are getting less but paying significantly more to use this resource. The rangers would tell you that they can't find and train inspectors, or it is a budget issue. I'm not totally convinced, think it is a oversight and pure lazy management with other misaligned priorities getting in the way. Welcome to the government.

With the passage of the new ANS bill, I expected better access and overall conditions. I observed the opposite, a really late opening of the ramps in March (easily could have been boating two weeks earlier), and bare bones inspection crews in April. The docks are in bad shape as well...ever notice how there are only a few beat up cleats remaining to tie off on, gets worse each year. Really? Can't afford to put more than 4 crappy cleats in total on each ramp, how do you expect multiple boats to tie off on crazy windy days?!

What the state does not consider is that these conditions promote crowded ramps, boating frustration and angry park visitors. I watched a huge debacle unfold (one of many) where 5 boats tried to use the POS East ramp all at the same moment this Weds evening. All I can say is it was fortunate that the guy who fell overboard inbetween the boats and ramp did not get hurt. Too many inexperienced boaters jammed in too close to each other causes big problems. Mind you this was a weekday, at 5:30 pm, add in some booze and big attitudes and we might be seeing more than people soaking wet.

I think our states budget should allow for better facilities. Take similar parks like Chatfield, Pueblo, even Aurora, they provide much better ramps and access situations than at Cherry Creek. Go out of state to other much less populated areas, incredible facilities.

If you agree with my frustration, the only way things will get better is if you complain. The squeaky wheel principle. Please make your opinion known to the rangers or park supervisor at Creek. If we don't complain I am concerned our ever waning park privelleges will only get worse, become the new norm for future generations.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/17/2019 9:46:22 AM     Points: 53634    
Your problem is the water is still a little on the cold side for the pleasure boats. That's where they make there real money and theos are the people that cherry Creek caters to. Give it a few weeks. They will be open.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/17/2019 10:07:01 AM     Points: 56774    
a lot of our lakes open everything up Memorial weekend.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/17/2019 2:33:44 PM     Points: 63657    
Both ramps were open today.
 Reply by: redleader      Posted: 5/17/2019 3:50:09 PM     Points: 557    
No excuse for that thanks for posting.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 5/17/2019 5:40:42 PM     Points: 7135    
I launched on the west ramp today . . . .
 Reply by: Captain Hook      Posted: 5/17/2019 9:35:28 PM     Points: 319    
 Reply by: kicker      Posted: 5/18/2019 6:07:40 AM     Points: 115    
Government or whatever you want to call it.
It's every where.
 Reply by: GrannyJim      Posted: 5/18/2019 3:50:08 PM     Points: 3    
Just want to make a correction, I had been bugging the park rangers about the lack of cleats on the docks since March and happy to report that as of this weekend the West ramp now has ample cleats installed throughout. Not sure if they did anything with the East ramp, there were only 3 operational cleats (one is broken off but attached) in total as of last week on that dock. I was informed that they would be still be closing the West ramp during the week until sometime in June.

 Reply by: Adventure.Ice.Fishing      Posted: 6/5/2019 2:57:07 PM     Points: 210    
Yup ..our fee increase hard at work. West ramp gated today. And one single inspector scrambling to keep up on the east side. It's busy enough to warrant more staff. I'd write to the CC park director if I thought a formal request to staff the west side would be heeded. The ANS program has been a joke from the start and some of us knew it would only get worse and further restrict our access. Rant over