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Western River Permit Information
Yampa - Dinosaur Grand Canyon Rogue River
Canyon of Lodore Selway River Tuolumne, Cherry Creek
Deso-Gray Middle Fork Salmon Salt River
Dolores Main Salmon Rio Chama
Cataract Canyon Lower Salmon Rio Grande, Taos Box
Westwater Snake-Hells Canyon Rio Grande, Big Bend
San Juan River Smith River Yellowstone N.P.*
Green River A-B-C Devils River, Texas*

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam, Sections A, B and C
National Forest Service - Ashley National Forest
Flyfishing the Green River; Trout Creek Flies at Dutch John

No permits required on Sections A, B or C - aproximately 30 miles from Flaming Gorge Dam to the Colorado state line. No camping on Section A. River camping on Section B is by self registration at Little Hole. Some of the best flyfishing in the US. Catch & release recommended. Mostly Class II with a Class III, III+ at Red Creek on Section B.  To reserve Section B camps call 877-444-6777 and/or check out: River Camp Sites

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Green River, Canyon of Lodore
River Permits and Info
Dinosaur National Monument
4545 Hwy. 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

(970) 374-2468
Dinosaur National Park Web Site
RiverMaps (Yampa and Green in Dinosaur)

Lodore Ranger Station to Split Mountain is ~44 miles. Lottery applications accepted December 1st through January 31st. (Lottery via recreation.gov)

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Green River, Desolation/Gray Canyons
River Permits and Info
Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501

(435)636-0975
BLM Deso/Gray Web Site

RiverMaps (Deso/Gray)

95 miles of intermediate whitewater from Sand Wash to Green River State Park. Lottery applications accepted December 1st through January 31st. (Lottery via recreation.gov)

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Yampa River
River Permits and Info
Dinosaur National Monument
4545 Hwy. 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

(970) 374-2468
Dinosaur National Park Web Site
RiverMaps (Yampa and Green in Dinosaur)

~71 miles from Deer Lodge Park on Yampa to Split Mountain Campground. Lottery applications accepted November 3rd through January 31st.
(Lottery via recreation.gov)

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Dolores River
Dolores River Permits
Bureau of Land Management
Dolores Field Office
82 E. Dogwood #G
Moab, UT 84532-2968

(435)259-7012
BLM - Dolores River Information, San Juan Field Office

Nearly 200 miles from Cahone to Moab. First takeout at Slickrock. Self-permitting from below McPhee Reservoir in Colorado. Very limited season.

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Colorado River, Cataract Canyon
Canyonlands National Park
Cataract Canyon Permits
2282 S. West Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532-8000

(435)259-4351
Canyonlands National Park - Cataract / Permit Information
70 miles from Potash to Lake Powell with 20 miles of the biggest whitewater upstream of the Grand Canyon. Applications accepted from January until quotas are filled.

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Colorado River, Westwater Canyon
Westwater River Permits
Bureau of Land Management
Grand Resource Area
82 E. Dogwood #G
Moab, UT 84532-2968

(435)259-7012
BLM Westwater Canyon Web Site

17 miles of technical whitewater from the Westwater Ranger Station to Cisco. Day trips as well as overnighters are done. Launches become available 2 months prior to the launch date. You can acquire any launch dates available within the two-month period. Launches are issued on a first-come, first-served basis using the telephone. Between April 1st and September 30th, private use is limited to five permits or 75 people (whichever occurs first) per day; commercial use is limited during this period to 75 passengers per day. Some folks extend it with a permit-free run thru Horsethief and Ruby Canyons and enter Westwater on launch day.

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San Juan River
River Permits and Info
Bureau of Land Management
San Juan Field Office
PO Box 7
Monticello, UT 84535

(435)587-1544; Leave a message at 435-587-1511
BLM San Juan Resource Area
RiverMaps (San Juan)
San Juan Photo Album, October 2006

84 miles of fast moving intermediate whitewater from Bluff to Clay Hills. Lottery applications should be available in December, deadline for submission is February 1.

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Colorado River, Grand Canyon
River Permits Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

1-800-959-9164

Call the River Permits Office at the numbers above for permits on the section of Colorado River below Diamond Creek.  

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Selway
West Fork Ranger District
6735 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829-9654

(406) 821-3269
Four Rivers Permit Information (NFS)

NEW! Note important changes in the Four Rivers Lottery!

Apply for Four Rivers Permits at www.recreation.gov (Registration/profile required)

Vince's Idaho Whitewater Page, sponsored by Idaho Whitewater Assoc.
Selway June Trip Report @ 2.65'; Photo Album and Video (2006)
Selway August Trip Report @ 1.1' (1996)
RiverMaps (Selway)

The Selway can be one of the most challenging whitewater rivers in the United States and it's probably THE toughest for which to get a permit. From Paradise Guard Station to Selway Falls the river drops for 46 miles an average of 28 feet per mile creating a most technical whitewater experience. The many Class  IV rapids will challenge any boatman at any level. This river requires a high level of whitewater skill and experience. The number of launches are regulated from May 15 through July 31. Post-season August runs are possible in high-water years.

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Salmon, Middle Fork
Middle Fork Ranger District
Hwy. 93 N - Address for UPS, FedEx, etc.
P.O. Box 750
Challis, ID 83226-0750

(208) 879-4112-application requests
(208) 879-4101 - additional info
Four Rivers Permit Information (NFS)

NEW! Note important changes in the Four Rivers Lottery!

Apply for Four Rivers Permits at www.recreation.gov (Registration/profile required)

Vince's Idaho Whitewater Page, sponsored by Idaho Whitewater Assoc.
RiverMaps (Middle Fork)

100 miles of Wild & Scenic river. Lottery applications accepted December 1st through January 31st. One of the most difficult lotteries to win.

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Salmon, Main Fork
North Fork Ranger District
11 Casey Road - Address for UPS, FedEx, etc.
P.O. Box 180
North Fork, ID 83466-0180

(208) 865-2725 - application requests
(208) 865-2700 - additional info
Four Rivers Permit Information (NFS)

NEW! Note important changes in the Four Rivers Lottery!

Apply for Four Rivers Permits at www.recreation.gov (Registration/profile required)

Vince's Idaho Whitewater Page, sponsored by Idaho Whitewater Assoc.
RiverMaps (Main Fork)
Idaho's Salmon River - A River Runners' Guide

125 miles Wild & Scenic River through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness; 80 miles permitted Corn Creek to Carey Creek. Lottery applications accepted December 1st through January 31st.

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Salmon River, Lower
River Permits and Info
Bureau of Land Management
Route 3, Box 181
Cottonwood, ID 83522

(208) 962-3245
Lower Salmon River - BLM Page

50 miles of whitewater all the way to the Snake. Self-permitting at Hammer Creek and Graves Creek.

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Snake-Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
2535 Riverside Dr. - Address for UPS, FedEx, etc.
P.O. Box 699
Clarkston, WA 99403-0699

(509) 758-1957

Four Rivers Permit Information (NFS)

NEW! Note important changes in the Four Rivers Lottery!

Apply for Four Rivers Permits at www.recreation.gov (Registration/profile required)

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Vince's Idaho Whitewater Page, sponsored by Idaho Whitewater Assoc.
RiverMaps (Snake - Hells Canyon)

The Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area divides Idaho and Oregon, flowing through North America's deepest river canyon. The 67-1/2 miles of Wild & Scenic River corridor passes through Hells Canyon Wilderness over part of its length but is not itself a Wilderness. The river corridor provides both motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities. The largest rapids are located in the wild section. The Wild Snake has several Class IV rapids with huge hydraulics. The Scenic section offers less challenging Class II to III rapids with beautiful canyon vistas. Launches in the Wild River segment are regulated with reservations required from the Friday before Memorial Day through September 15. Self issue permits are required year long for all other boating.

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Smith River
FWP Smith River Drawing
P.O. Box 8009
Helena, MT 59604-8009

(406)454-5861
Smith River, Montana Dept. FWP

Fify-nine miles of floating and great angling, the Smith is the only Montana river requiring a permit. Applications can be submitted on-line or via paper beginning in early January thru mid-February. Application fee ($5 non-refundable): MT Residents: $30; Non-residents: $55.

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Rogue River
Rogue River Permits - BLM / NFS 
Siskiyou N.F. Rogue River Page
Rogue River Photography
Running Blossom Bar
RiverMaps (Rogue)

50 miles of Wild & Scenic river. Lottery applications are accepted between December 1 and January 31.

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Tuolumne River and Cherry Creek
U.S. Forest Service
Groveland Ranger District
24545 Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321

(209)962-7825; Fax:(209)962-7412
Tuolumne River Permit Application
Groveland Ranger District, Stanislaus NF

Applications accepted after January 1, first come basis. Mid-week apps are best bet.
More on Tuolumne and Cherry Creek at Tuolumne-River.com plus links to information on Cherry Creek, Merced, Cal Salmon, NF Stanislaus, American and Klamath.

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Salt River, Upper
Permit Coordinator
Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District
7680 S. Six Shooter Canyon Rd.
Globe, AZ 85501928

402-6200; Fax: 928-402-6292
Tonto National Forest - Upper Salt River Permit Application and Info
Quartzite Falls at ~ 2000 cfs, March 2006

Salt River Photos, March 2008

52 miles of excellent whitewater from First Campground to Hwy. 288 bridge. A Wilderness permit for last 32 miles, limiting group size to 15, is required during the high use season from March 1st through May 15th. Applications accepted by the USFS, Tonto National Forest from November 15th to January 15th. Day permits are required by the White Mountain Apache Tribe for use from the bridge to the Wilderness section: available at the Salt River Canyon Store. 2009 Permit Season News: Please note that in past years when applying for a Salt River visitor permit the date you requested was your Wilderness entry date (1 or 2 days after your actual launch date).  The date you are now requesting is your actual launch date. Think snow.

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Rio Chama
River Permit Information
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 1045
Taos, NM 87571

(505)758-8851; Fax: (505) 758-1620
Rio Chama Permit Information - BLM

RiverMaps (Rio Chama)

Below El Vado Dam to Adobe Ruins/Big Eddy - 31 miles of Class II-III whitewater, partially a National Wild & Scenic River. The river runs through deep mountain canyons and painted New Mexico desert. Applications accepted between December 1 and January 31 for scheduled (but not guaranteed) summer weekend releases. No permit required on last 8 miles from Chavez Canyon on down (the best whitewater section). Wild -- 19.8 miles; Scenic -- 4.9 miles; Total -- 24.7 miles designated National Wild & Scenic.

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Rio Grande - Lower Taos Box Canyon
River Permit Information
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 1045
Taos, NM 87511(505)758-8851

Dunn's Bridge to Taos Junction - 17 miles of class III-V whitewater in deep canyons. This is generally a day trip with camping at Taos Junction. Self-issued, non-fee permits at Dunn's Bridge. Normally a very short season, May through June.

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Rio Grande - Big Bend Canyons and Wild & Scenic River
Each group staying overnight is required to have a $10 permit for day and overnight boating in Big Bend National Park and on the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River For day use only, registration is required but no fee applies. Day use fishing in the Lower Canyons requires a valid Texas fishing license. The $10 permit and/or day use registration is available at any park Visitor Center during daytime operating hours. A Lower Canyons self-pay and registration station is located on back side of kiosk at Persimmon Gap V.C. entrance. A Santa Elena self-pay and registration station is located at the Barton Warnock  Center in Lajitas.

NPS: Big Bend Home Page / NPS: Big Bend Daily Report /
NPS: Floating the Rio Grande NPS Page /
NPS: Rio Grande Mileage Tables (PDF) /
NPS: Rio Grande Wild & Scenic /

Far Flung Outdoor Center, Terlingua / Desert Sports, Terlingua / Ted Thayer Shuttles, Marathon, TX - 432/386-2928

Flows: IBWC Rio Grande Gages / IBWC Near Real Time Reports (PDF) / NOAA-NWS West Gulf River Observ/Fx / USGS Gage nr Castolon /
USGS Gage at Rio Grande Village (Boquillas)
/ (CMS x 35.3 = CFS) /
Mexican Reservoir Storage (Rio Concho) /

Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 / (432) 477-2251

  • Colorado Canyon
    Rancherias Canyon to Lajitas is 19 miles of class II-III whitewater. Colorado Canyon is outside of the BBNP boundary but requires a TPWD permit from Big Bend Ranch S. P.   Permits can be obtained at the Barton Warnock Center in Lajitas or at Big Bend Ranch S.P. headquarters. Possibly your local shuttle service will provide a permit service. Recommended reading: Upper Canyons of the Rio Grande by Louis Aulbach.

  • Santa Elena Canyon
    Lajitas to Santa Elena Takeout 20 miles of class I-II water punctuated by class III-IV Rockslide. Extending the run to Cottonwood C.G. will make it 26 miles. Recommended reading: Upper Canyons of the Rio Grande by Louis Aulbach.The Great Unknown or Mystery Stretch... Read Great Unknown of the Rio Grande by Louis Aulbach for excellent info on the stretches between Santa Elena and Talley.

  • Mariscal Canyon
    Talley to Solis is 10 miles of exquisite canyon, class I-II. It can be done in a day but you will want to make it a one or two-nighter . The Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River begins above Talley at the state line between Chihuahua and Coahuila. Soon, perhaps, the RGW&S boundary will be extended upriver to Rancherias Canyon. Mexico and CEMEX have added to biosphere preserves in the Santa Elena and Sierra del Carmen Preserves. CEMEX also has acquired land in Texas, east of the BBNP East boundary.

  • Boquillas Canyon
    Rio Grande Village boat launch (near the group campground) to Heath Canyon is 34 miles of fairly easy, class I-II water in a beautiful canyon. An excellent introductory trip to Big Bend river running for beginners. The main hazards at low water tend to be cane sweepers and complacency at Pillow Rock near the end of the trip. GOOD NEWS November 2011: Boquillas border crossing to reopen in 2012! http://bigbendgazette.com/2011/11/04/boquillas-crossing-gets-legal-green-light-facility-to-cost-3-7-million/

  • Lower Canyons
    Heath Canyon to Dryden Crossing is 82 miles of extreme wilderness, very rugged terrain, and up to class III whitewater. The best guidebook and recommended reading: Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande by Louis Aulbach & Joe Butler.

Devils River, Val Verde County, Texas

UPDATE: Feb. 2014
There are some probably legal camps on many low-lying slabs near the river and within the gradient boundary, but please consider the potential danger, respect private property rights and try to camp out of direct view of resident cabins and homes. You must secure a DRAP according to the information here:Preparing for a Devils River Trip.

TPWD formed the Devils River Working Group in 2011, an advisory board of landowners, paddlers, anglers, outfitters and other stakeholders. The charge of the DRWG was to find common ground between landowners and paddlers and protect the river corridor for the long term. The DRWG submitted its recommendations to TPWD Commissioners in January, 2012. The Devils River SNA completed its 2013 pilot permit program (DRAP).

DO NOT TRESPASS! DO NOT LITTER! CARRY OUT ALL HUMAN WASTE!

Devils River NWS River Forecast Center

Devils River IBWC Gages (CMS x 35.3 = CFS)

TPWD - Devils River State Natural Area Web Page

Devils River Photo Album

"Undammed & Unforgiving" Joe Nick Patoski 2002

TPWD Texas River Guide: "If A River Runs Through It, What law Applies?"

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Alani in Ladle Rapid on Selway

Yampa, Warm Springs Rapid

Duwain @ Warm Springs

Yampa, Warm Springs Camp

Yampa, Indian Ruins

Deso-Gray Canyon photo by Scott Coultas

Deso-Gray Canyons, photo by Scott Coultas

San Juan, Bluff Panel

San Juan, Mexican Hat Rock

San Juan, Photo by Scott Coultas

San Juan, photo by Scott Coultas

San Juan, photo by Scott Coultas

Grand Canyon

Bighorn Sheep, Grand Canyon

rivergeek w/ Carp at Bass Camp

Deer Creek

Deer Creek Falls

rivergeek Left Run at Lava Falls

Lava Falls from Scout Rock

Matkatamiba, Grand Canyon

Redwall Cavern, Grand Canyon

Main Fork, Salmon

Main Fork Salmon, Below South Fork

Middle Fork Launch Ramp

Middle Fork, Pistol Creek Rapid

Selway, Paradise Launch

Selway, J&K at Ham Rapid

Selway, Dave R @  Ham Rapid

Selway, Charles E @ Ladle

Selway, John M @ Wolf Creek

Rogue, Blossom Bar,  Culin Sr. & Jr.

Rio Grande, Sentinel @ Santa Elena Canyon

Rio Grande, Fern Canyon in Santa Elena

Rio Grande, Santa Elena - MX on Left, TX on Right

Rio Grande, Mariscal Canyon

Mike R @ Rio Grande, Hot Springs @ Rio Grande Village

Big Bend, Lower Canyons - Giant Dagger &  Ocotillo

Rio Grande, Boquillas, Rabbit Ears G&D Frable

Rio Grande, Lower Canyons -  Hot Springs @ San Rocendo

Rio Grande, Lower Canyons - Vista from Burro Bluff

Rio Grande, Lower Canyons - Vista of  Upper Madison Rapids from Burro Bluff

Grand Canyon October 2007 Group from TX, NM, ID

Dolan Falls

Devils River

DR @ Devils River Ranch