kayaks on Old Ranch Rd. to Howard Creek been blocked
by the short telephone posts?" A Resident.
A1." The Board considered your query about launching
kayaks and other boats from within the Valley.
You are correct that there was, and still is, a launching
area in our Park on Old Ranch Road. However, in 2007
the County made clear to the Board that any infringement
of the conservation status of the park would result in a
prosecution. Among the issues they raised was that no
motorised vehicles are allowed within the Park. So we
were obliged to block off motor vehicle access and put
up warning signs. You may still launch your kayak, but
you will have to carry it from the road to the Creek. The
Board considered offering an alternative launching site
from our other Park by the bridge. However, the water in
the Creek is of varying depth, there are fallen tree
branches and other obstructions when the water level is
low, and the route passes several properties whose
owners might object.
I am sorry we cannot be more helpful."