|If you think access to your favorite put-in or take-out is guaranteed forever, you had better reconsider. Private and public access areas across the United States that paddlers assumed would always be available are in danger of being shut down or restricted.
Jason Robertson, access director for American Whitewater, says the reasons aren't complex. "It's simply a matter of people not wanting an activity in their backyard." Since Americans enjoy thinking they're king of all they survey, "there's an idea in our culture that if we own it, and see it, we control all of it."