New boat launch helps fill the gaps in "middle" Colorado River
Credit: Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post
EAGLE COUNTY — Rivers, like people, might be considered moody. Their dispositions can fluctuate along with seasons and surroundings, character influenced by highs and lows. And sometimes even those you thought you knew will open up to reveal hidden secrets.
Mention the upper Colorado River and many of those who know it will reflect upon the popular put-in site at Pumphouse Recreation Area and the splashy, fishing-friendly water that flows some 15 miles down to Colorado 131 at State Bridge.
An increasing crowd of adventurers has shifted its attention a few miles farther downstream, to Bond, courtesy of the Eagle County Open Space Program, which purchased and refurbished the boat ramp commonly referred to as Two Bridges Access Point in 2012. Still others may make their way another nine miles beyond, to a public access point known as Catamount, where a trickling, temperamental creek of the same name can alter the larger river's complexion in an instant.
Beyond is where the secrets lie.
"It's amazing how few people come down here," said Jack Bombardier, owner of the Confluence Casting guide service (970-524-1440) nestled along the Colorado River where many might assume a blank spot on the map. "Maybe the new boat ramp will change it, but right now there's never anybody on the river."
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