How to Snag 10 of the Most Coveted Private River Permits

How to Snag 10 of the Most Coveted Private River Permits
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In Edward Abbey’s book, Desert Solitaire, published in 1968, the author and a friend decided on a whim to float the Colorado River—a kind of spontaneity no longer afforded to river runners today, at least not on the major rivers of the West. These days, for self-guided, private trips, a permit system limits daily access on many of our most sought-after rivers. While a headache, it does protect the wilderness character and ecological health of these pristine wilderness areas. The trick is knowing how the systems work.

Get to Know the River Permit Lottery System for the West’s Most Popular Rafting Trips

1) Middle Fork Salmon – Idaho The Middle Fork of the Salmon is the quintessential trip for mountain wilderness. Deep in the Frank Church Wilderness, it has nearly everything you could want – whitewater, fly fishing, hot springs, side hikes, petroglyphs and abundant wildlife. The U.S. Forest Service manages access through the Four Rivers Lott.... Continue Reading at Oars

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