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River Use Stipulations for the Lower Dolores River

2014 River Use Stipulations
for Private, Non-Commercial Use
 Lower Dolores River

Failure to comply with stipulations or launching without a permit may result in penalties under Federal or Utah law and regulations. Penalties may include criminal action, civil action, and denial of future permits.


1. The permit is not transferable and must be in the possession of the permittee while on the trip. The trip leader must sign the permit.


2.  At the launch, the permittee must have the following:


A. a group of 25 people or fewer and not greater than the number listed on the permit,


B. a first aid kit adequate for the size of the group and type(s) of activities, and sufficient for treating serious injuries,


C. a repair kit or kits with adequate materials to repair the types of boats used on the trip,


D. an 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 and 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 even if stoves are to be used for cooking; Fire blankets under fire pans are recommended to facilitate total ash removal.


G. a properly-sized (whitewater type I, III, or V) life jacket in serviceable condition for each member of the group. 

3.  At the launch, each raft, dory, or canoe must have:


A. an extra oar, paddle, or motor capable of maneuvering the vessel, and


B. a bail bucket or bilge pump (does not apply to self-bailing boats).


4.   Parties using low capacity vessels (kayaks and inflatable kayaks) must carry one spare paddle for every three vessels.


5.   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.


6.  The permittee must ensure that all trip participants:


A. carry out all charcoal, fire ash, garbage (dishwater strainers recommended), solid human and pet waste from the river area,


B. adhere to the Utah Boating Act (Title 73, Chapter 18), which includes the wearing of life jackets at all times while on the Dolores River, and registration of motorboats,


C. do not engage in commercial use as defined by 43 CFR 2932 [i.e.]  

1) Any person, group, or organization makes or attempts to make a profit receive money, amortize equipment, or obtain goods or services , as compensation from participants in recreational activities occurring on public lands, led sponsored, or organized by that person, group, or organization; Anyone collects a fee or receives other compensation that is not strictly a sharing of actual expenses, incurred for the purpose of the activity, service, or use; There is paid public advertising to seek participants; Participants pay for a duty of care and expectation of safety. 


2) Profit making organizations and organizations seeking to make a profit are automatically classified as commercial, even if that part of their activity covered by the permit is not profit-making or the business as a whole is not profitable.


3) Use of public lands by scientific, educational, and therapeutic institutions or non-profit organizations is commercial and subject to a permit when it meets any of the threshold criteria in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this definition. The non-profit status of a group or organization does not alone determine that an event or activity by such an organization is noncommercial], 

D. list any trip sponsor or affiliated organization (i.e., scout group, school, etc.) associated with the trip when acquiring the permit,


E. keep side canyon streams and springs free of soap and other contaminants,


F. do not remove, damage, or destroy archaeological, historical, or ecological resources, or cause unnecessary or undue damage to the natural and cultural resources of the public lands, and


G. make campfires only in fire pans and limit wood gathering to driftwood found along river banks and beaches.


7.  Dogs must be kept under control at all times. All dog waste must be carried out of the river area.