Originally Posted by willieb
i have kayaked for a little while in co. but wanted to get into something i could do/share with more poeple. so i have been doing all the usual research and have decided to get a cat. 14' prob. made plans for a frame and the whole bit right!? and then i started looking for good places to go both close, day trips, overnight trips, epic trips ext. and i found that more than not you need a permit to float alot of rivers. not a big deal but it sounds like alot of them are hard to come by. as in some people are on this site saying they need to tag along on a permit just to get their boat out!! i grew up in wisconsin were you don't need a permit to do much. like as long as the water way can be navigated it is considered public. it just kind of a bummer that you can get pumped up get a boat get it all set up and be stuck not able to use it. i work construction so my weekends are already few and far between. then try to work in a permit YIKES! any way at work its 9:30 pm on monday and have been at work since 7pm sun. sorry for rambling. tired
There are plenty of river stretches you can do without a permit. And also, the permit systems are pretty straightforward you just have to be proactive in January to apply to the permit lotteries (December for the Salt river). Also, I would recommend a raft over a cat so you can take more friends or run it as a paddle boat with your homies on local day runs. But if you already have bought a cat, you will enjoy the handling, especially coming from a kayak. Go into your local boating shop and ask about good local runs for yourself, or look at eddyflower.com or similar sites. Lots of water out there, enjoy.