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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Bridge Access closed. Ok, who did it?

Up until Monday there was an access through private property at the Quick Bridge on the Bulkley. It (was) convenient because there is lots of parking nearby, and it was a short walk from the road through the property to the low bank of the river. At one time you could back trailers up to the river, but that got out of hand so the owner had some boulders placed to eliminate that option.

Unbelievably, people left a lot of trash there, so a sign was posted requesting that people take their trash home. Despite that, the owner was still cool enough that he had just a rope strung across the access to let people know that it was private and that they should treat the property with respect. Which meant, drive in if you need to, but drive out right away and park on the CN property.

Last Saturday I drove by and saw a couple of pickups parked on the property next to the river and thought, I hope those are friends of the owner who have permission, cause if not, he isn't going to like it. Sure enough, come Monday afternoon, the rope had been replaced with a chain and the whole parcel is fenced off, including right across the river access.

There is one other river access point nearby. It too is on private property owned by folks who currently allow free access. The property, however, is for sale. I think it would be a good thing for users to mind their manners when using the access. No trash. Don't **** in the bushes on the river side of the road. Park well off the road. Don't park in the access (you'd think it goes without saying, but last year a guy backed his camper into the access and hung out for a couple of days. I wonder what the folks who wanted to launch thought about that?).

Finally, all of the neighbors on Quick Station Road wish that everybody would drive like it's their neighborhood. It's a dirt road that gets graded rarely. Fast travel builds potholes, especially when it's wet. On dry days, take a look in your rear view mirror. If you're raising dust, you're driving too fast.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 08:34 PM
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Too bad, but I can understand the property owners' frustration. Was just there last week. Everyone I saw, and was with, was respectful to private property and access.

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I assume you are talking about the makeshift boat launch on river left just below the bridge? I fished across the river from that spot for a few hours last Monday morning and prob saw 20 pontoons and rafts launch in that time. It didn't look very closed to me but if it's private land and been mistreated the. I can't blame them. River right next to the bridge must be public land, no? That's where the gauge is as well. The field behind it has been for sale for a while I think.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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There remains public access alongside the bridge, both river left and right. On the river left side, the remaining access just isn't as convenient as it was a week ago. As with much of the rest of BC and Canada, there is public access to rivers along public right of ways such as bridges, so on either side of the Quick Bridge you can still access, then walk the river.

The fields on either side of the road on the east, or river right, side of the Bulkley are private and indeed are for sale. The owner is now a semi retired beef cattle and silage farmer. The beeves are gone, but the silage remains an important cash crop. While the grasses are growing it's important to not walk through those fields. Two guys walking side by side the length of the fields will put down a measurable percentage of the potentially harvestable crop. Which happened a week prior to harvest this year. Lets just say the guy was pissed. Had the fishermen asked permission, he would have granted it, and told them where to walk to avoid damaging his crop. They didn't. Instead, they took money from his pocket to get to the corner buckets the easy way instead of walking the river bank.

Asking permission, it's a big deal. Here's how you do it. Drive up to or into the private property's driveway. Drive close enough that you'd expect the residents to hear or see you. Then sit in your vehicle long enough that the residents can pull themselves together to receive you. Get out of the vehicle. Slam your doors. Stand around. Take your time. Pet the barking dog. Get back in the vehicle if necessary. Wait until someone shows up. Introduce yourself and ask for permission.

I think this holds true just about anywhere. I asked for permission on a famous river in Montana and the rancher told me no, that's not the piece of water you want, jump into your truck and follow me. To one of the hottest runs I've ever fished. As I'm leaving, I wave to the guy and he gives me one of those "what did I tell you grin and shrugs." Good things happen when you use the manners your Mom taught you.
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Hey everybody. Hope you're catching (and releasing) lots of wild healthy fish this fall!!

Can you help me out with a clarification please? On river left, I seem to recall a boat launch just immediately below the bridge. Is that public or private? I've always seen a gate or an obstruction there so I assumed it's private.

Then there's a launch about half way down Quick Station Road above the bridge. And by launch I mean a little clearing in the trees you can back a boat to and shove it over the edge.

Then a third launch at the end of the road (well above the bridge) that's on private property.

Are any of these open this year? For the private launches, do you know what the owners scotch/whiskey preferences are? Id be happy to leave a peace offering on the porch from the fly fishing gods...
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The launch on river left, right after the quick bridge is blocked off now with fencing. I launched at the bigger put in further up river every day.

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Below Quick bridge on river left it is no longer possible to back a boat trailer down to the edge of the river to launch due to the new fence. I saw last week a few people launching one man pontoons and Watermaster type boats along a newly developing trail in the ROW between the fence and the roadway. It's always unfortunate to lose public access across private property.

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What a bummer. Thanks for getting the word out. We used that access twice on our trip and it was very convenient and easy. I am bummed we won't be able to use it in the future.

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