Originally Posted by BLM_Moab
If a river ranger is not on duty, or you are launching outside of regular ranger hours (7:45 am to 5 pm),
It is painted unmistakably on the ranger station wall that the ranger's on-duty hours begin at 8AM.
We went there having researched the rules, and intending to play by them. We were verbally chastised for not adhering to a different set of rules--rules that were *not* on the BLM website. When I said as much, the ranger barked that we should have read the kiosk nearby. Sure, fine, my bad--but at that point we were already there and unable to produce the screw-top container (to hold our wag bags) that was his main point of contention.
The ranger grudgingly and somewhat threateningly ("Fail to return it and we'll find you and fine you
") loaned us one so all was fine. It would have worked out much better for all if that simple rule had been clearly explained on the BLM site.
What the site says is that a boater's toilet system must be "washable, leak-proof, reusable" and ours fit that description. In fact our wag bag and double drybag system is acceptable (and has been checked) in Canyonlands when running Cataract, as well as on the Salmon River complex in Idaho.
(If it works for the BLM on Cat (your office, right?) and the USFS in Idaho, why is it somehow unacceptable to a single ranger at Westwater?)
I'll reiterate that we went there having researched and intending to play by the rules. It behooves the land managers to be clear *and* consistent when making and enforcing those rules.
And it'd help if the ranger lost a good chunk of his attitude. He's not in the navy anymore.