Trips may be delayed or permits invalidated if adherence to these stipulations are not met. Failure to comply with stipulations or launching without a permit may result in penalties under Federal or Utah Law and Regulations.
1. The permit is not transferable without prior approval of the issuing office and must be in the possession of the permittee on the trip. Permittee must provide photo ID at permit inspection.
2. Permittee must allow rangers to complete permit checks to determine the validity of the permit, ascertain that the group has all required equipment, and orient participants about river etiquette and safety.
3. At the launch, a permittee must have:
a. a group of 25 people or fewer and not greater than the number pre-paid for on the
b. a first aid kit with adequate materials for the size of the group and sufficient for
treating serious injuries,
c . a repair kit or kits with adequate materials to repair the types of boats used on the
d. air pump or pumps adequate to inflate boats after repairs,
e. a washable, leak-proof, reusable toilet system that allows for the carry-out and
disposal of solid human body waste in a responsible and lawful manner. The system
must be adequate for the size of the group and length of the trip.
Leaving solid human body waste on Public Land or dumping it into vault toilets or
trash receptacles at BLM facilities is prohibited.
f. a durable, metal fire pan at least 12-inches wide, with at least a 1.5-inch lip around its
outer edge and sufficient to contain fire and remains. Fire pans must be carried on all
overnight trips and all trips, even if stoves are to be used for cooking. Fire blankets
under fire pans are recommended to facilitate total ash removal.
g. a proper-size Type I, III or V PFD (approved on the label for paddling, whitewater,
kayaking) for each member of the party.
4. At the launch, each raft or dory must have:
a. an extra oar, paddle or motor capable of maneuvering the vessel,
b. a bail bucket or bilge pump (does not apply to self-baling boats, kayaks, and inflatable
5. Parties using low capacity vessels (kayaks, inflatable kakyaks, or canoes) must carry
spare paddles as follows: 1 to 3 such craft require 1 spare paddle, 4 to 6 require 2 spare
paddles, 7 to 9 require 3 spare paddles, etc.
6. Each boat 16-feet or longer must have a type IV throwable device or a commercially made
rescue rope with at least 40 feet of line, and a whistle or horn.
7. The permittee must ensure that all trip participants:
a. Carry all charcoal, fire ash, garbage, (dishwater strainers recommended), and solid
human body waste out of the river area.
b. Adhere to the Utah Boating Act (Title 73, Chapter 18), which includes the wearing of
life jackets where required (children ages 12 and under must wear PFD's at all times
when boating on the river, and all persons must wear a PFD from Jack Creek Rapid to
the take out.), and registration of motor boats.
c. Do not engage in commercial use as defined by 43 CFR 2932.5, i.e.,
1) make a salary or profit, or increase his or her financial standing as a result of the
2) charge other participants a fee or charge that is not strictly a sharing of trip costs, or
3) collect money or compensation in excess of actual expenses for the trip. Normally,
participants are not in a commercial use situation if they equally share the actual trip
d. List any trip sponsor or affiliated organization (e.g., scout group, school, etc.),
associated with the trip on the permit application.
e. Keep side-canyon streams and springs free of soap and other contaminants.
f. Do not remove, damage or destroy archaeological, historical, ecological resources,
or cause unnecessary or undue damage to the natural and cultural resources of the
g. Do not camp or build fires on Public Land within 1/2 mile of mouth of Rock Creek.
h. Make campfires only in fire pans and limit the use of gathered wood for campfires to
driftwood found along river banks and beaches.
i. Do not engage in upstream motorized travel except for emergency purposes, or engage
in downstream motorized travel at other than a slow, wakeless speed.
j. Launch, travel (stay within visual contact), and camp together as a group. No
boatsmay be sent ahead to secure campsites. Groups launching separately may not
camp together if such action would result in more than 25 persons occupying a campsite,
k. ensure boat tags issued by the river ranger remain attached to the boats for the
8. Pets are prohibited on the Desolation Gray Canyons section of the Green River year round.
9. Minimum trip length is three calendar days, and maximum trip length is nine calendar days.