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lunkerpunker 02-13-2012 07:44 AM

Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
For all of you guys that buy Larimer County Permits, I would ask you to leave a message for the county when you buy your annual permits (that is if you buy them online). They leave a space for comments after you have purchased the permits. I was buying my permits this morning as I do every year, to the sum of 170.00 bucks. I then realized we are paying for a full year of boating, and only getting seven months of actual time on the water. I used to buy my permits right after the new year but now there is no sense in getting in a hurry to buy them. As everyone knows this is due to the ANS inspections, and say what you want about that, but it is why they are stopping access to boats December thru April. So I was thinking that a price adjustment could be made on the boating side of the annual permit, since purchasers are not getting all they are paying for. I know it may seem a little knit picky but it seems to be the trend lately where you pay full price for govt services and get half of the service. So that is the end of my rant and maybe if enough of us suggest this it might result in a price drop. I know its probably far fetched but its worth a shot! Thanks for reading guys.

koldkut 02-13-2012 07:47 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
If you want to get your point across, you should make your case with a bill to the county for a refund of $70 for the months they do not allow you to boat. Then keep any correspondence to share with the media/local news investigative service :)

FishDr 02-13-2012 09:16 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
You know, it might be worth taking the time to write the head of Larimer County parks to ask them a couple of things.

First, you could ask them why the cost of boat permits has not gone down, yet the nominal boating season has been shortened from year-round (assuming the lakes were not frozen) to the more restricted one that now exists. I'd suggest even including a cost-per-month breakdown so that you can show that with the more expensive permits and the shortened season, the cost has increased substantially.

Next, you could ask them where the revenue from the increased costs is being spent, especially during the off-season months when there are not boats allowed on the lakes.

Finally, you might ask them if they have considered pro-rating their permits to reflect the shortened boating season, and if not, why.

I personally have already bought my LC permit, but since I typically fish from shore, I don't buy a boating permit (don't have a boat, either), so my ability to access the lakes has not been affected, and I'm still getting my money's worth. However, if I were a boater, I would be interested in hearing why the seasons have been reduced yet the permit costs have not.

One interesting bit of information some of you may not have come across: Larimer County Parks are currently conducting a survey about their permit process. You can see/take the survey here - unfortunately, they do not include a section for additional comments.

swimbait 02-13-2012 09:33 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
LC is pretty unreasonable with their fee structure if you ask me. When I lived in FoCo I got the pass every year, but living in Denver I don't buy it any more.


slimer 02-13-2012 09:42 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
I'd love to be able to fish Horsetooth and Carter more, but their prices are outrageous.

McFish 02-13-2012 10:02 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
Government entities will never volunteer to reduce revenue stream for any reason.

Bionic Man 02-13-2012 05:35 PM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
If I can avoid it, I'll never spend another $.01 with Larimer County.

fishmohr 02-13-2012 09:38 PM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
Me too. They want a bunch of money to fish and boat there. The DOW restocked their lake and the fishing is good, but not for non-lc anglers who pay out the a** to fish there. Back in the day, it was a great night bite on rouges but not now because of the inspection stations closing before the bite begins.

ogerswalleye 02-14-2012 08:11 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
I don't mind the higher rates keeps the morons off the lakes. Once LC opens I'm usually on one of those lakes 40 times a year. Then I will fish a state park during the summer and jet skiers will be on the lake after dark, drunk people driving around without lights on and I realize why I have a LC pass. Three yearls ago during the week nobody would be on the LC lakes at night. Till some jack asses on fish exploiter and this site seemed to not give a shit about lakes more people are on them now. So keep the rates high IMO

swimbait 02-14-2012 10:38 AM

Re: Larimer County Annual Boat Permits
Which is OK, if you are close. Sorta hard to make the drive only to get slapped with that charge.

I still do it now and again, but man... :-X


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