U.S. Forest Service to improve rafting access points along Poudre River

Two river access points are closed while work to improve access along the Poudre River occurs. The sites, closed on April 16, are expected to reopen by May 9.

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to remove and reconstruct access steps at the Bridges Put-in and the Bridges Take-out. The Put-in is located near mile marker 113 and the Take-out is located between mile markers 115 and 116.

Each site will receive two reconstructed steps for a total of four new sets. The steps will be custom formed/custom poured stamped concrete to match surrounding scenery. The new steps will not only improve access, but also improve safety and help minimize resource damage.

These improvements will help not only those who raft the river, but also those who fish. The project is being done predominately with funds collected from recreational outfitter/guide fees, including the rafting companies.

Work will take place from sun up to sun down, including over weekends, to ensure the steps are constructed by early May before water levels get too high and the commercial rafting season begins.

For questions regarding recreation on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, please call visitor information at 970-295-6700 or check the web at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

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