I visited this over the Labor Day weekend and noticed that the gate down the private road to the river (upstream, river left side) has a new sticker stating that the gate will be closed to further public use as of 10/31/2011. There were 3 to 4 rigs parked at the staging area and one more down at the beach this weekend, so I know people have become accustomed to leaving their trucks and trailers there -- but it looks like those days may be ending. I know there has been some discussion about ownership of this property and whether an "iron ranger" or some other mechanism for compensating the landowner might be found to keep access open. If someone has a line of communication with the landowner, please let them know that there are likely several others willing to pay for this. I think kayakers on the Green in NC have worked out a key and payment system (available at a nearby store) that might serve as a model (especially if the property is owned by the McKinley View folks just up the road).
I'd also note that there was a slightly deflated raft on a beach on river right about a quarter mile downstream -- and seems to have a rough road down to the beach from the highway. This might be another landowner that might entertain a fee-for-access option. Otherwise, I think future East Fork trips for me will involve another day of floating down to the Big Su bridge at Sunshine -- which has good car/trailer access, as many have noted. It took us about 6.5 hours to float from the Princess Bridge to Sunshine on this trip (but we had mostly downstream winds and I rowed steadily although not hard).