January 12, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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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 www.RiverGeek.com 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.
PREPARE FOR THE EVENT PLEASE:
- 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 http://www.rivergeek.com/
- 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
ODDS n ENDS:
- 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
[masked] DougVE @ kw.com