Gold River boat launch

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by hooked for life, May 22, 2020.

  1. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

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  2. TheHurtLocker

    TheHurtLocker Crew Member

    I had some buddies launch out of there this morning.
     
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  3. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    So were they local Gold River folks, FN or Emergency Service workers? Or is the launch open now to the rest of us?
     
  4. TheHurtLocker

    TheHurtLocker Crew Member

    They live in CR, they just went for it. I haven’t heard that they are back so they must have launched. They’re coming back out on Sunday. I’ll keep you posted.
     
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  5. hooked for life

    hooked for life Active Member

    I’ve also heard similar stories of people just launching and parking on road. Still hoping for opening as trip planned for July 7th.
     
  6. nootkaassassin

    nootkaassassin Active Member

    Checked out the boat launch this morning, notice signs are still in place. No one around to chat with.Pretty low tide too.

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  7. RiverBoy

    RiverBoy Well-Known Member

    if you go up there super early there is usually no one around. we’ve launched there a few times pro bono
     
  8. staying alive

    staying alive Active Member

    Wish FN would make a decision, I wish to pay them for parking in their lot , doubt if there is enough road parking for all the trucks at end of July.
    Been going to critter cove for almost 20 years and like to park inside , doubtful I’ve I’ve been closer than 50’ to another person all the times there , except when paying ,
    Heck I’ll hand the money over with a stick
     
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  9. Rayc

    Rayc New Member

    Does anyone know what parking is like around the end of June first weekend of July usually like? Going to Moutcha and don't want to drag the boat there if I cannot park
     
  10. blindmonkey

    blindmonkey Well-Known Member

    If you are talking about launching at Moutcha they have a large parking area at the top of the hill. It’s a long walk from launch.
     
  11. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Assuming you're talking about the GR launch. Depends if you're inside the gates or out on the road. Normally there is adequate space in both places. Thats the start of the season and things ramp up from there. However, with the launch being closed right now, who knows what July is going to look like. With the US border closed, I'm going to go out on a limb and say things will be quieter than normal in Nootka even if the launch opens as you normally see a lot of WA plates in that parking lot....
     
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  12. Rayc

    Rayc New Member

    I was thinking about parking at Gold River along the road if the FN had not opened up their parking lot. I have a Grady and don't really want to tow it to Moutcha Bay. I have never launched out of Gold River and not sure how much parking is there
     
  13. spring fever

    spring fever Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of parking on the road and in 25 years of parking I have always found a spot. You may have to walk a bit if it's busy! Never had a problem with theft either.
     
  14. Rayc

    Rayc New Member

    That's great to know. Thanks for the info
     
  15. GGF

    GGF New Member

    I can appreciate we are all disappointed that the Gold River Ramp is under restricted access by its owners MMFN. But ignoring the restriction and wishes of the owners, is similar to ignoring a no trespassing sign that you might choose to place on your property. For that reason, I will wait and hope that the virus conditions improve and that the restriction will be lifted soon.
     
  16. capman

    capman Active Member

    Ramp being closed, people are going to try to haul their boats through narrow and certain sections of dangerous spots. That could potentially put people in danger. I'm not sure how that will play out. After 3 months, people have learned how to deal with physical distancing, and with some regulations in place and some additional fees to offset the overhead, that should not be any issue or concern. Opening the ramp is the most logical way.
     
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  17. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

  18. Crali2014

    Crali2014 Crew Member

    Same here. I really dont want to trailer to Moutcha Bay.

    People keep saying its open no one stopping anyone. By my luck i would be “that” guy who gets stopped
     
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  19. searun

    searun Well-Known Member

    I think we should respect the wishes of the local FN who run it. Perhaps for those who use the ramp frequently, reaching out to engage FN's to understand their concerns and work with them to find a plan to address those concerns would be a great start.
     
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  20. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    We had reservations at Moutcha Bay in July. They shared their GM had been in contact with the FN administrators and there wasn't any interest in opening the ramp, at least as of a few weeks ago.
     

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