Re: Beckman Rd acess area to Elk creek
I actually emailed the PFBC 6 days ago asking about this purchase. As of right now, no response.
Even if the purchase does happen, I think quite a few folks might be disappointed when they get into the gorge. From what I am being told by people who have fished there recently, many of the fish holding areas have filled in and there are only 3 main fish holding areas left.
The I90 hole, which I am told had quite a few fish holding last season. Although the Gilmore property extends past I90 to the confluence of Brandy run, I don't believe any property north of I90 is included in the purchase so the bridge at I90 would be as far as the access extends. a short distance downstream, at Brandy run, another landowners property begins and the masses will not have permission to fish this property or use it to access the Gilmore property.
The Highwall hole, which also had quite a few fish holding and is the best hole in the area. This particular hole might cause some controversy. According to the Plat map, only one side of the creek is included in the Gilmore property. I know for a fact that the landowner on the other side will not give permission to the masses and will not enter into any easement. This hole might be difficult to fish unless you want to pull the fish up a 200 foot cliff.
The other hole is at the confluence of Elk/Little Elk, I believe it was called the black hole in the past? There were a few fish in this hole but nothing to write home about and certainly not worth walking a mile to access.
The landowner on the other side of Elk and the Gilmore's own property alternately on both sides of the creek. Technically, there are spots where this landowner owns both sides of the creek for a short distance and could, if he chose to do so, restrict access (the area at the confluence of Elk/Little elk is an example). Of course one could legally walk around his property and back down to the creek on the other side since he owns only a short distance from the creek, but I think everyone knows that won't happen.
Again, I have not personally been into this area for many years (pre-Beaver) so I cannot confirm any of this; however, the sources are very reliable.