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Old 08-06-2015   #21
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The BLM site here Westwater Canyon includes this language:

"Camping at the Ranger Station

Arriving at the Ranger Station the evening before your launch date makes it possible to rig in advance and be ready for an early launch the next day. If you choose to do this, make sure you don't block the ramp with your boat(s) and equipment -- there is plenty of space to tie up boats upstream and downstream of the main boat ramp. There are seven first come, first served campsites at the put-in for public use. A $15.00 fee is charged for camping at these sites. This fee is retained for use here at the Westwater facility. Please be considerate of your neighbors when staying at the campground by:
  • observing quiet hours, which are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • not playing amplified music at any time
  • keeping your dog on a leash and picking up its waste
  • packing out all of your group's trash
  • not blocking the road"
But there are miles and miles of desert between the highway and the ranger station and on the rim upriver near and off the Kokopeli Trail, for responsible at-large camping. And those so inclined can party to their heart's content.


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Old 08-06-2015   #22
Fruita, Colorado
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but remember...

$15 buys very little shade...we were laying over there from a ruby run to westwater, and we got lucky to get under the only consistently shady spot that I saw...

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Old 08-06-2015   #23
Riverton, Utah
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I spoke with the BLM office and they confirmed... $15/site... don't know what a site it. Will have to scope it out Saturday morning. $15/site buys a lot of TP and tank pumping.

So for those that don't camp at the put-in, if you are coming from the West, where do you camp?

This weekend my whole family is with me so we are going to camp in Green River and just get up early and head out to the launch. But that isn't how we normally do it. Usually we arrive at some stupid late hour because we got caught in SLC rush hour traffic, fall into our tents and get about 5 hours of sleep before the noisy birds wake us up. Hard to want to pay $15 for that.

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Old 08-06-2015   #24
Salida, Colorado
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Going to fruita and the state park adds drive time to get there, but is only a half hour from put in. All services available to boot. You can also go to rabbit valley to car camp, which is only 7 miles from the Westwater exit.

I'd say we can expect to see a significant impact to the camping areas within proximity to westwater with this new $15 fee to camp at put in.

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