NPS permits--may be hazardous to your pocketbook
Thought I'd send along a little reality check for NPS regarding Yampa permitting scheme. We obtained a low water permit and July 20 launch on 1st day of cancellation call in this year. Within 2 weeks we paid our hefty $200 fee, which I'm fine with as it hopefully goes towards conserving this beautiful river etc. We were going to canoe the trip and based on experience knew that we could work with a minimum of about 400cfs. We began calling every day, many times a day, as the early summer heat made out July 20 launch look impossible, even for canoes. Found a cancellation on July 6. Was promptly and curtly told that we had to fork over another $200 to cancel and take the new permit. "It's written in the fine print" I was told. So we were looking now at paying $400 split between only the four of us that planned to go. Is this a scam or what?
NPS: these and other unscrupulous practices are a rip-off of epic proportion. Just to finish. I emailed what I thought was the main coordinator of river permits for NPS, firmly but respectfully submitting my dismay with this unfair practice. I searched and searched for the correct person to send it to, and asked this person to pass the email on if it so was needed. Here's the wonderful and inciteful response I recieved from the head of Grand Canyon river permitting. Of course he only runs this large show and certainly couldn't take a few minutes to point me to the "person in charge" that I needed to speak to. Here tis
"... I manage Grand Canyon permitting. I'm not sure who manages the yampa.
Nice job Steve! oops. Surprise, surprise. And this from the head of the GC permitting system. We all know how well they have their act together Go figure!