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Old 07-05-2016   #1
 
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Westwater Day Trips

I should be working. But I was just looking at the BLM Westwater page and was trying to figure out if there are different rules for day trips.

1) Are day trip permits subject to the same umbrella limits as the overnight trips;
2) If you get an overnight trip, can you camp at Westwater and run two day trips in a row? A friend told me that you used to be able to do this?

The Westwater website does not seem to distinguish between day trips and overnight trips.

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Think it's the same, except not required to bring the groover and fire pan. You can always camp at the W.W put in, but there is a charge now. If you can get the permits, you could run it back to back, good work out, and good times!!
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Camping at put in is still first come, first served.
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A WW permit is good for one launch, be it overnight or day trip. You will need two day trip permits to run it twice in two days.

Now if you were head out for your overnighter and set up camp, then continue downstream back to put in for a relaunch, you might be able to pull that off. But it sure seems like a lot of extra work.
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Old 07-06-2016   #5
 
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regs

Just get on rec.com, put in westwater river permits, and read all the regs. They change everywhere, with different managing agencies. Much more reliable than strangers on any social network.
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Jane: The BLM Moab website is silent on any distinctions between day and overnight trips.

Thanks everybody.

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So two weeks ago I changed from overnight to day trip at the put-in (my partner couldn't stay the night) and the only difference was no fire pan required for a day trip - you still need a day groover, at least the (new) ranger wanted to see it. New guy is "Justin" and very open to learning from WW frequent boaters/floaters... remember no water at the put-in this season (but still $15/night for camp site, or 7.50 if you have the geezer pass).
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Yep, 2 days equals 2 permits, and each should just be good for one launch. Groover on day trips is a new one to me, never know when you'll get the shits though I spose.
Could hit the Gorge on your way home, if you can only pull one permit?
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Rec.gov does not handle W.W permits, at least yet, still call in.
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As mentioned day and overnight trips in Westwater Canyon are held to the same permit stipulations however day trips are no longer required to carry a fire pan. We made this change in response to many requests by boaters. Thus far it appears to be working however, if we begin to see fire scars in campsites or in the canyon (possibly resulting from the need to create a warming fire after a flip/ swim) we will likely return to requiring all trips to carry fire pans.

You may indeed camp at the ranger station and run back to back day trips in Westwater Canyon.
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