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Virgin Narrows Management plan

Zion national parks Virgin Narrows Management plan is open for comment: NPS PEPC - Virgin River Comprehensive River Management Plan

Below is an excerpt which will be of interest to those who asked for a higher flow limit. Put simply they felt flow limits were outside the scope of a management plan. To get higher flow limits the paddling community will have to sway the Superintendentís Compendium.

The National Park Service considered public
comment regarding the desire to float
segments of the Virgin River within Zion
National Park at higher than current flow
rate limits. The current flow rate limits for
hiking, canyoneering, and boating were
established based on public and park
employee safety and can be adjusted through
the Superintendentís Compendium. The
National Park Service determined that the
Superintendentís Compendium is an
appropriate instrument to deal with flow rate
limits for various activities and would provide
more flexibility to deal with changing
conditions and technology than establishing
new limits as part of the comprehensive
management plan. Changes to the
Superintendentís Compendium would
consider river values.
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