Fire Restrictions to go into effect on Thursday, June 27, 2013
The following link is to the official fire restriction document - Fire Prevention Order.
What does this mean to you as a permit holder on the Desolation Gray Canyons of the Green River? Fires will be limited to charcoal in a fire pan or gas stoves. Fire pans will still be required on all trips through Desolation Gray Canyons.
From years past, the rangers have allowed us to use small oil pans, still with a 3inch lip, to qualify for the firepan requirement if you don't plan on actually doing any charcoal fires during the wood fire ban. It just never leaves the boat and saves us 20+ pounds in gear.
With the monsoon season just starting I would not be shocked if it goes to a complete ban including charcoal within a few weeks.
no mosquitoes on the river. (Our first camp was Jack Creek) only a few at sand wash when the sun starts to go down. The usual moths and gnats down stream. I thought there were a few more biting flies than usual so watch out for the deer flies!
Put in on 28th, out on the 4th. Same report as ScottCSU.
Gnats were annoying the first few days. Mosquitos essentially non-existent. Used deet as an attempt to deter the gnats more than anything else.
Biting flies were annoying on the river while rowing. They are the slow, stupid ones that can make for good sport for passengers, but seem to bite you when you least want to take your hands off the oars.
Firefighters and a helicopter were dipping water around Steer Ridge for some fires up the canyon to the west.
Water level dropped every day. With the temps, plan to spend a lot of time in the water.