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Old 08-27-2015   #1
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Loma to Lake Powell

Trying to plan a trip from Loma to Lake Powell for next month. I can't find any info about camping in between Salt Wash on the Moab Daily and the Potash boat ramp. Anybody know anything about it? I will probably be solo for that part of the trip.

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Old 08-27-2015   #2
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let me know i might be interested in joining the cataract canyon stretch, thats if you would have me

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Old 08-27-2015   #3
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I have seen people camped at the boat ramp right by the bridge.

Nothing else really comes to mind - I'm sure you could find a gravel bar/island for a really crappy spot if it came down to it

Hope your motor runs well
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Old 08-27-2015   #4
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You're going to want to pick up the Belnaps guide for Canyonlands. It cover's that stretch including land ownership. Basically I would advise sticking to the sandbars. The River right side from Salt to the bridge is in Arches NP (need permit for camping). After that the next mile on the right is DOT land (old Uranium mill), no camping. After that it is a confusing mix of private, state and BLM. Stick to the bars and no one will bother you.
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Old 08-27-2015   #5
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Yes slim pickens, look for sandbars. Highway is right there all the way into Moab. They still running that boat trip with the lights? Thats a noisy SOB for a short period during the night.
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Old 08-27-2015   #6
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Your best bet is to sleep on your boat at the boat ramp by the bridge. Canyon lands by night will drift by shortly after it gets dark but no biggie. If you wanted to hitch into town it would be pretty easy just walk across the footbridge and go over to that newish parking area.
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Old 08-27-2015   #7
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Both times I have done it, I spent that night on a big sand island across from wall street.

I would definitely think about a boat sleeping setup for that trip. Makes things so much easier.

Give me a buzz if you want to chat about the trip.

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Old 08-27-2015   #8
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I would call the Moab BLM and verify your options. From the online resources it appears you are likely only allowed to camp on islands in that stretch and even that may be off limits.. According to this BLM page all land on either side of the river at least to Gold Hole is off limits to anything other than designated campsites:

Moab Dispersed Camping

The list of approved campgrounds can be found in the link below. Sadly, they are all firs come, first served but there are a ton of them:


The river page states

Special regulations apply for river runners wishing to camp along this section of the river. On river left (to the left as you are facing downstream), camping is allowed only at BLM Utah, Moab Field Office Campgrounds. River runners may camp at designated sites on river right (to the right as you are facing downstream) only between Dewey Bridge and Salt Wash (the boundary of Arches National Park).
Moab BLM really started cracking down in the mid-aughts and designating dispersed camping to very limited locations. And I have seem them ticket people who try to stealth camp anywhere near roads or trailheads. Considering you will be there during a busy season I would advise caution about camping in any undesignated location, including sleeping on your boat.

Best of luck on a what sounds like a great trip.

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Old 08-27-2015   #9
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Couple times we've done it have found great spots on sand bars and islands especially on the side away from the road. Always on low water trips though, like 10K or less and those sites wouldn't have been there at higher water. Definitely not bivy camping, really nice beautiful spots with minimal road noise. Best spots we have found were not too far above the Goldbar launch, maybe a mile or two as I recall. Can look up locations in my notes if you think it would help you. That's a great trip you have planned. Planning on 4 weeks or so?
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Old 08-28-2015   #10
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thanks everybody for the input. i decided to take out at take-out beach and drive around. i did call the BLM and they said there's no camping except in designated spots so i might be hosed if they are full. sounds like its low and slow through there anyway.

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