First, hearty congratulations to all of the 2019 lottery winners! I hope you have the trip of your dreams. Second, if you are, like me, a lottery loser, you have my deepest sympathies and condolences. I hope we are all luckier in the follow-up lotteries.
As many of you are already aware, the NPS River Patrols will continue this year. They will be enforcing the river regulations, some of which are: wearing a PFD at all times while on the river, use of a kitchen tarp, proper groover setup, and regulation firepans. Last year the patrols wrote citations for all of the above and had several interactions based on alcohol and drug use and possession. It is imperative to keep in mind that all laws above the rim are still laws on the river and we should act accordingly. Donít let your trip be interrupted for lack of awareness as to what the rules, regulations, and laws are.
The Hualapai have, again, posted no trespassing signs at National Canyon and are claiming jurisdiction and property rights to the middle of the river from RM 168 to RM 277 on river left. The NPS, and GCPBA, do not agree with the Hualapaiís interpretation of the boundary and still believe it is the traditional high water mark on both sides of the river, which would allow for camping and scouting. This is an ongoing situation that GCPBA is aware of and is working with the NPS, and other stakeholders, to try and resolve in favor of river runners. While the issue is in dispute some of you may wish to purchase a permit from the Hualapai. After April 1, 2018, permits will be sold by the Hualapai Fish and Game Department. Their telephone number is 928-769-2227. They will only be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. TO 5 p.m. This should be a personal decision based upon your best instincts. GCPBA board member Helen Howard is writing a full report on this issue that will be on our Facebook page soon.
It has come to my attention that the uranium miners are pushing to open up mining on the North Rim again. This is an issue that would not only affect river runners but could include millions of people if there is any groundwater or runoff contamination of side streams and Lake Mead. Please take some time and let your elected representatives know your feelings and opinions on this very critical issue.
This is the time of the year that Lees Ferry gets very busy. Donít forget to check in with the ranger before putting vehicles on the ramp. Only two vehicles per trip are allowed on the ramp at any one time and, please, donít drink and drive. If you have a beer let someone that hasnít had one move the vehicles.
If there is an issue you would like to bring to the GCPBA Boardís attention we can be reached at [email protected]
. We hope everyone has a great, and safe, boating season.
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association