Re: Rafters Vs. Fisherman
Sounds like the landowners vs. public in Utah*:
The Colorado Supreme Court has issued two seminal rulings on the subject. In the early 1900s, it ruled that fishermen couldn't wade into rivers on private land to catch trout, even rivers stocked with fish by the state. Justices reiterated that stance in 1979, ruling that a rafter who touched his feet to the riverbank on privately owned land could be charged with criminal trespass. That might seem to put floating off limits.
Makes you begin to wonder if the Utah landowners have a legitimate gripe. I'm
not saying the legislation is fair, but there are two or more sides to any argument. I agree with Ard that a bit of education and diplomacy could help
the issue in both states.
*I should not that the Utah Supreme Court sided with the public.