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Price Field Office
Release Date: 11/29/12
Contacts: Matt Blocker , 435-636-3631  

Desolation-Gray Canyons River Permit System Converting to Online Reservations

Price , Utah—Beginning with the 2013 boating season, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) river permitting system for the Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River will change for private boaters from a first-come-first-served, call-in reservation process to an online lottery reservation process on the website.

The conversion to will provide private boaters wishing to visit Desolation and Gray Canyons with a more streamlined and convenient process for seeking a river permit, as well as increased flexibility for adjusting group sizes and getting launch reservations.  Staff at the BLM-Utah Price Field Office will continue to provide personalized customer service specifically related to river conditions or trips.

Under the new system, starting on Dec. 1, 2012,at 12:01AM eastern time,  private boaters will have until Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM eastern time, to submit an application to the online lottery for launch dates occurring between May 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2013.  Also starting on Dec. 1, private boaters will be able to reserve launches for l dates before May 1 and after Sept. 30 on

Any person over the age of 18 is welcome to submit a lottery application, and each applicant can request up to four possible launch dates.  There will be a $6 application fee for each lottery application or launch reservation.  Applicants receiving a launch reservation will have until March 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, to confirm their reservation by paying the special recreation permit fee of $25 per person.  All remaining fees will be due 30 days before the launch.  A launch reservation is not a river permit.  A river permit will only be issued after all fees have been paid.

Questions regarding this permit system and reservation change should be directed to Matt Blocker at (435) 636-3631 or

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Price Field Office   125 South 600 West      Price, UT 84501  

Last updated: 11-29-2012