Permit Party (to apply for river rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips in 2012)

  • January 12, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Permit Party

to apply for river rafting, kayaking and canoeing trip permits for 2013 river fun

The more people who apply for permits the better our chances of getting permits; and getting them for dates that we agree we would like to do to specific rivers. Boating season kicks off in March with the first runs of the Salt River in northeast Arizona. Let's see if we can get permits for most months between then and October; or more. 

To get a good overview of rivers and permit requirements, look at web  site BEFORE our meeting.


Meet at 2 PM. Plan on this exercise taking 2-3 hours to explain, discuss, apply.

The location is at WSA-member Mary Hertert's art studio/ warehouse (well heated on these cold GJ days). 2297 Tall Grass Rd. Unit 1 in Grand Junction.


Last year we Skyped a bunch of people in from Salt Lake and other locations. The connections were less than great so we will not do that again this year. 


  • Read up on rivers that you may want to run if we can get permits. There are many very informative web sites, many of which can be quickly and simply accessed by visiting
  • Read the BRING section below and come with items that will make good use of resources and time.


  • Laptop computer or smart phone to log-onto river related web sites
  • Paper and pen; envelopes and stamps so you can make some permit applications NOW
  • Snacks, finger food, popcorn popper/corn/toppings
  • Beverages (adult beverages in moderation OK)
  • Applications that must be submitted on paper (bring multiple copies please)

Among river permits we may apply for are:

  • San Juan in southeast. This is the river that includes the famous "Goosenecks"
  • Yampa in northwest Colorado / Dinosaur National Park. This is the largest undammed tributary of the Colorado-Green River system and as such is a real river rafters prize permit (we got a Yampa permit last year)
  • Green River, various sections including Gates of Ladore, Desolation/Gray Canyons
  • Colorado River including our 'local' Westwater; plus Cataract and Grand Canyons
  • Main Salmon and Middle Fork of Salmon in Idaho
  • Salt River in northeast Arizona. Permit applications must be submitted for the Salt no later than Jan. 15.
  • Rogue in Oregon
  • Rio Chama in New Mexico


  • There is no limit to the number or variety of permits we can apply for and with over 300 members signed up on our web site, plus 'friends of WSA' we can probably get enough folks who want to for on most trips we may get permits for.
  • One thing we experienced in 2012 when it came time to do rivers, we occasioanlly had more people without rafts who wanted to go than we had realistic spaces on rafts and/or raft captains for rented rafts. The point of this comment is that these are not guided trips, they should not be viewed just as a cheap way to get to tag along on a river. River trips by their nature are a 'group effort' and that needs to include everything from learning how to row to washing dishes and straining dish water.


Potluck dinner tonight at 6:30 PM -- please RSVP for that seperately.

The potluck was originally going to involve a bunch of outdoor Dutch Oven cooking but Grand Junction weather has put a chill on that idea with single-digit night-time temperatures.

However, we will still have a potluck and you are encouraged to cook in a Dutch oven on the stove or oven so we can share D.O. delights much like on a river trip.

Whethter you cook in a D.O. or bring anything else, please feel welcome to participate in the potluck.


Doug Van Etten

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Laney!

    January 15, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    Very knowledgeable. I learned a lot.

    January 13, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Lots accomplished and looking forward to seeing the results for this summer's rivers. Smoother than last year (we weren't trying to SKYPE 5 different groups outside our own) and everyone was patient. Gotta like that.

    January 13, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    seemed an efficient way to go about permit apps.

    January 13, 2013

  • AJ

    It was great to see / meet everyone! Thanks again for having us, and for all the warm hospitality! Jen and I hope to see you later this year on the river!

    January 13, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Thanks for organizing

    January 13, 2013

  • marti and john c.

    Good productive meeting. Getting a bigger core of boaters will make it easier to introduce and accommodate new people to multiday boating.

    January 13, 2013

  • Mike

    Looking forward to a great rafting season.

    January 13, 2013

  • Susan Law C.

    Good meeting, made decisions, filled out permits, now we wait and see!

    January 13, 2013

  • Three D.

    As always...Mission accomplished due to hard work and organization by 1Doug/Mary and the rest of the troops. I'm lookin' forward to another fun summer on the water..but we need more snowpack..!! Everyone needs to get naked and jump in a snowbank...They say it pleases the Snow Gods

    January 13, 2013

  • Fran P.

    A fun afternoon, planning and hoping we have good luck in getting permits this year AND enough water for a good rafting season.

    January 13, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Good to get this done. Thanks for bringing the food and beverage. Certainly makes the process easier.

    January 12, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Great turnout and lots of high energy for this year's permit application process. We applied for many permits right on the spot and decided on preferred dates for the Salt River in Az. Dedso-Gray and GAtes of Ladore on the Green, San Juan and the Chama in north-central NM. Tonight at the potluck we will discuss more Idaho & NM permitted rivers and the various non-permit rivers in CO and UT that we hope to run. Thanks to Mary for the use of her shop with good tables to spread out on and a great projetion systems so we could all be looking at the same stiff at the same time projected onto the walls. Congrats to AJ and Jen for coming the farthest for the event as the drove today all the way from Boulder.

    January 12, 2013

  • Fran P.

    Looks like the weather is going to be frightful! A good time to be indoors planning summer fun!

    January 8, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    If you have already RSVPed on the earlier general Permit Party posting please also RSVP here and be sure we have your phone number and regular email address.

    January 5, 2013

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