Congrats on the permit! I have yet to win through lottery, but I have rowed about 10 trips in the last 25 years of boating and guiding. (5 private grand, 5 commercial) at water levels ranging from8000-30,000+cfs. I have 15 foot bailer, canyon rig set up. I don't know what the park's user fee is (if they're charging more per night) but I've done trips as long as 22 days and never did it cost close to that. (Of course everyone brought their own alcohol, so I don't count that, but we always styled it real nicely. There's some good tricks to learn for ice management; especially at that time of year, but even in the desert 100 degree heat, there are lots of ways to make it last and make a difference. Wondering how many people you are taking on permit? 8 or 16? Makes a difference on privates down there.
Anyways, I am very interested to find out more info about your trip. Please call or email me at email@example.com
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