Originally Posted by idahofloater
I don't believe this is %100 true. I believe that the intent is that the "Permit holder" can not generate any profit from the permit or ask any member of his party to pay more than the equal divided costs of the trip with the newly added oarsman.
Take it for what it's worth. I don't want anyone to get in trouble for doing something innocent. The OP is obviously not trying to run a commercial trip and I didn't think he was. It had come up before so I knew it was in there.
Supposedly on the USFS page for the MF too but I found on rec.gov
This is from this page on recreation.gov:
Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rules and Regulations
Permit Holder must be 18 years old by the launch date.
Fee Payment. Permit holder is responsible for submitting complete and final payment of the entire group's Recreation Fees ($4.00 per person per day) prior to launching. Eligible discounts apply only to the pass holder (Senior and/or Access Pass holders - 50% discount).
Passenger List. A complete and accurate list of trip participants needs to be entered into the Group Member section of the online reservation.
Conditions of the Permit. The permit holder will sign a permit affirming that they have read and understand the definition of a private float trip. A river trip is not commercial if: (1) There is a bona fide sharing of actual expenses, including transportation to and from the site;
(2) The trip does not include any costs for payment of salaries or expenses of any person to help with the trip or logistics of the trip; (3) Costs shared by trip members may include the costs of damaged or lost equipment, renting or buying minor equipment but not the acquisition of new equipment to the advantage of an individual or an organization. Persons involved in unauthorized commercial operations are subject to fine and/or imprisonment.