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2007 river permit info

by mania

Greetings fellow river runners, here is the latest greatest river permit info for your private rafting or kayaking trips next year. Should you be successful or not, consider joining our mailing list to hook up with other boaters who might want to go.

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado

This year was the first year for the new weighted lottery. Its already taken place but there are going to be smaller lotteries happening for cancelled trips, so sign up. Next years lottery is supposed to take place in May, 2007 for 2008 trips.

It is much easier to get a permit in the winter than at other times for the obvious reason that it is cold in the winter. My launch is Dec 31, 2007 so you know I will be bringing all the warm clothes I have.

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Grand Canyon River Guide Day Hikes from the River

Cataract Canyon of the Colorado

There is no lottery for river permits. Essentially, river permits are first-come, first-served after the first business day in January for each calendar year. There are no daily launch limits in Canyonlands, so there is no need to submit mulitiple requests for the same date. If you submit a request, you will get a permit...for any date you choose.

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River Runners Guide to Utah

Westwater Canyon of the Colorado

Permits are issued only through advance reservation to individuals 18 years and older. The maximum group size is 25 people. Launches are issued on a first-come, first-served basis using the telephone and become available 2 months prior to the launch date. Make sure you check the calendar for available dates before calling.

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River Runners Guide to Utah

Desolation Canyon of the Green

New for 2007, the BLM is switching Desolation river permit system to be the same as the Westwater permit system. The only difference is that you can call up to 5 months ahead of time.

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Desolation and Gray Canyons River Guide

Lodore Canyon of the Green or Yampa River in Dinosaur

A high use season (mid May thru mid Sept) lottery is held in February. Call in for low use trips or high use cancellations begin March 1, 2007.

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Dinosaur River Guide

Lower San Juan River

Call March 1, 2007 for cancellations only if you already filed the application and did not win.

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San Juan River Guide

Rio Chama Wild and Scenic

Launch Lottery / Summer Season -- BLM’s Taos Field Office administers a lottery to distribute weekend launch dates from May 1 through Labor Day. Applications are due before January 31. The office accepts telephone reservations for weekday launches after April 1.

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Wild and Scenic Rio Chama

Salt River Canyon

Permits are required from March 1 thru May 15. You can call for cancellations as of Feb 1, 2007. This river was never permitted until some moron blew up Quartzite Falls with dynamite. Now every yahoo can run it and believe me I have seen my share of yahoos on this river (gun shootin, boom box blastin idiots). I hate yahoos.

Selway, Snake, Middle Fork Salmon & Main Salmon Rivers

New this year the Forest Service intends to offer an online application starting in December (we'll see). Paper appliactions can still be used and must arrive before Jan 31 (not postmarked).

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Idaho the Whitewater State River of No Return Snake River in Hells Canyon The Middle Fork of the Salmon: A Comprehensive Guide

Rogue River Wild and Scenic

The Wild Rogue is a regulated use river with noncommercial permits required for floating between Grave Creek and Foster Bar from May 15 through October 15. Between October 16 and May 14 Wild Rogue noncommercial boaters are requested to stop by the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand in Galice or at the Grave Creek Boat Ramp to fill out a self-issuing permit. There are no fees for the self-issuing permits and no restrictions on the number of floaters per day.

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Soggy Sneakers Paddling Oregon

Forks of the Kern

The Forest Service operates an advance reservation service in an effort to give boaters a more equal chance of obtaining a permit. The Forks Run is limited to 15 people per day. Permits are required from May 15 through September 15 each year.

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California Whitewater The Best Whitewater in California