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Old 08-09-2013   #1
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I've got some Green access ?'s

So im new to the area, new to the west, and new to the idea of permits and policed rivers.

Ive read up on the nps website for dinosaur. Kinda understand the process. My issue is i'm boating alone (which is fine) but dont want to pay for a permit or use one on just me. I dont care if its flatish, I just want some info on access along the Green, outside of permit areas.

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Old 08-09-2013   #2
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How flat?
Like are you willing to paddle?
If so, then green river ut to confluence or below flaming gorge
Nice canyon country

more snow = more water
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Old 08-10-2013   #3
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Uhhh, no. Below Flaming Gorge is whole 'nother issue, but from the town of Green River (UT) to the confluence you need two permits: Green River to Mineral from the BLM, (available through their Price office and online) and Mineral to the Confluence (really Spanish Bottom) from NPS through their Moab office. Both permits are easy to obtain, search online and you will find their contact info and application forms - both cost money, but the BLM permit is dirt cheap (like $6) while the NPS Canyonlands one is $50 ($30 for the permit plus $20 for each person). It's 120 miles from GR to confluence, 52 from Mineral down. All are hot, full of flyin' and stingin' critters, little or no water - best to just stay away...
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Old 08-10-2013   #4
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Split Mtn take out or Ouray, UT to nine mile wash?
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Old 08-11-2013   #5
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what about the daily stretch on the green at the end of deso/gray?

above swasey's? isn't that non-permited and freebee still?

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Old 08-11-2013   #6
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K2 - Welcome to Colorado!

Lots of good info above. I recently boated with some newcomers to Colo and it seems there's a misperception elsewhere that you have to have a permit for almost any river in Colorado.

If you aren't looking for whitewater, during runoff season there's also the White River to the Green River (takeout at Sand Wash), and the Yampa River above Deerlodge.

Then there's the Colorado River all the way from Pumphouse to Westwater Ranger Station (not as one continuous float), and then from Cisco all the way to Potash just below Moab.

If you float below Potash on the Colorado or Mineral Bottom on the Green, you'll need to take a jetboat back up from the confluence to Moab or be ready to run Cataract Canyon and have a plan to get to Hite if Lake Powell's not really low. ...Or row really hard back upstream.

Have fun!

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 08-11-2013   #7
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what about the daily stretch on the green at the end of deso/gray?

above swasey's? isn't that non-permited and freebee still?

Yes, the Green River daily from Nefertiti to Swasey's is non-permited. The road up to Nefertiti can be a little rough, especially after it rains, but otherwise it's a pretty easy day run. About 9-10 miles or so of class II rapids. Can be really windy in the afternoon.
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Old 08-11-2013   #8
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Thanks y'all, just the kind of info I was searching for.

Andy- I just rowed the white from below Kenney reservoir to Rangely, only had to walk a few times. I saw a family of otters, a first for me, about a mile below the dam. I look forward to floating to the confluence in the spring.

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