Over-development Photos - Over-development and Motorized Intrusion
Over-development and Motorized Intrusion. When the Riverways was established key access areas were planned approximately 15-20 miles apart for the 134 miles of river. In 1981 these principal service areas numbered 13 within the national park plus a number of private drives to reach cabins and homes. Over the next 25-years motorized access to the river has proliferated up and down the rivers; there are now at least 130 points where motorized vehicles reach the river, drive along and even across the riverbanks and major gravel bars. This explosion of access has downgraded the user experience and seriously damaged resources. It is virtually impossible to find a secure refuge from motorized vehicles anywhere in this park.
The Park Service must dramatically reduce the number of motorized access points, at least by one half. The Park Service must also act immediately to energetically enforce existing laws prohibiting illegal vehicle trespass.