Originally Posted by pinetree
The check-in for any boating in Zion is for management, not safety purposes. Same with canyoneering, they are really tracking backcountry use.
Yes, but they are limiting backcountry use for river runners by not allowing paddlers to run it at higher flows, and doing it under the justification of public safety. Ironically limiting the run to lower flows ups the risks associated with a descent (broken boats lead to overnighters), and thus does not make any sense as far as safety purposes go. I'm not arguing that their shouldn't be a check-in process (and don't mind the fee). But if safety isn't the parks concern then there should not be flow restrictions. If it is the parks concern, then their shouldn't be flow restrictions, and should be a required gear check-in requirement. There's a win-win solution for the park service and paddlers to work together to allow for many succesful descents in the future and any water level.