Contact: Toby Sprunk, Open Space Director, 970-328-8698 or email@example.com
July 19, 2012 – Two Bridges River Access, one of three open space properties acquired by the Eagle County Open Space program last year along the Colorado River, will open on July 21. Recently completed site enhancement work includes a concrete boat launch and a newly developed parking area.
Two Bridges is located approximately four miles downstream from State Bridge, just north of Bond. The 17-acre property was purchased in 2011 as part of a comprehensive effort to provide public access points, protect wildlife habitat and maintain scenic qualities along the Colorado River.
The site is intended primarily as a put-in and take-out for boaters. All users are asked to stay off the private driveway and bridge, and to remain within the newly developed parking area and boat launch on the east side of the river. No camping or campfires are allowed.
According to Eagle County Open Space Director Toby Sprunk, the site creates new options for river users to enjoy a nine-mile float trip from Two Bridges to Catamount, or a four-mile float trip from State Bridge to Two Bridges.
A $3 fee per vehicle will be charged and proceeds will be used for future site improvements. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Colorado River Valley Field Office will provide management of the site, in partnership with Eagle County. Those with a valid season pass from the BLM will not be charged a fee. Users are asked to note that potable water and trash service are not provided at Two Bridges.
Funding for the $690,000 Two Bridges River Access, as well as site improvements, came from the county's dedicated Open Space Fund. Similar improvements were completed earlier this summer at the State Bridge River Access, approximately four miles upriver.
A grand opening celebration for both sites is being planned as part of the Eagle River Watershed Council’s RiverFest event, scheduled for Aug. 11. For information on the event, visit www.erwc.org. For more information on the county’s open space program, contact Sprunk at 970-328-8698 or visit www.eaglecounty.us/openspace.