Originally Posted by afraid
Recreation.gov shows no availability sep 15 onwards, do cancellations usually open up this time of year?
There are available permits on Sept 29th and 30th the last time I looked.
As far as reissue there is one date in there that has four Xs. That means that every single private boater that drew a permit on that date has cancelled. If any of you are reading this you are complete assholes.
There are a couple of three X dates too which means (depending on outfitter schedule) it's likely all the privates on those days have cancelled as well.
Why the hell do these people get the permit if they can't go or are afraid of a little low water? It's always low that time of year even in a good year.
afraid - if you are looking to get on the river that time of year look for cancellations starting around August 20th. People will wait until the last minute to turn them in without penalty starting three weeks out.
What that means is that if you cancel three weeks before your permit date (even for the post-season starting Sept. 16th) then you cancel without penalty. If you cancel within three weeks of your launch date then you are penalized by not being able to be a permit holder or apply for the lottery for three years. They are certain exceptions during high water, but I don't think they do that in the fall for low water.
Pm if you want more info on low water boating the MF.