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Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

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Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

Post by Cap'n RedBeard on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 2:53 pm

From AW
"Utah - The National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management are developing a Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Virgin Wild and Scenic River. As paddlers, our input on what makes the Virgin River and its tributaries outstandingly remarkable will help protect this river system for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

This is the key opportunity for you to share your ideas with NPS/BLM and provide input to guide the agencies in the planning effort. It is important that we hear from you about your desired future for the Virgin River and its tributaries through Zion National Park and adjacent Bureau of Land Management Wilderness. We would like to hear your concerns about the river corridor. It would be most helpful to the planning team to understand the reasons for your likes and dislikes or your values and concerns. This is the kind of feedback that will help us formulate the best possible future for the Virgin River and its tributaries."

The NPS has made a form for people to share their input about the Virgin River, and its tributaries. Personally I would hate to see the Virgin River closed to boating.

Here is the form NPS has set up...
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?parkID=113&projectID=32068&documentID=36690


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Re: Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

Post by dman on Thu 28 Jul 2011, 8:31 am

I hate to dredge up an older post but can anyone tell me the current status of the NPS on Virgin River. My friend and I just discovered Kayaking here in Southern Utah (been right under my nose for 20 yrs) and after investing a wad of dough on gear I would hate to find that the only water we have within a short drive could be off limits or restricted.f

Also if anyone knows of like minded people in Southern Utah I could love to be able to talk to them. Noobies need lots of help!

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Re: Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

Post by wasatchbill on Thu 28 Jul 2011, 4:31 pm

Hi Dustin,
There are some Virgin River run descriptions here. You need a permit [edit: for the ones in the park; not hard to get afaik].
http://www.eddyflower.com/CountryDetail.aspx?StateId=2#/home
The first half of the Zion Park run could be a good one for you, although spring runoff is over now.
Wait until you're a solid boater for the Virgin Narrows; rescues are epic in there; rumor has it there is alot of wood (possibly not true, but constantly changing). Flow must be under 600 for them to issue permits.
The Sevier is down south, check it out.
Idaho, Colorado, WY etc run all year, if you really want to paddle. Check out the Main Payette in ID, or the Snake below Jackson. The closest whitewater for you now might be the Colorado near Glenwood Springs; Shoshone, Grizzly to New Castle, play wave in Glenwood, etc.
http://www.eddyflower.com/CountryDetail.aspx?StateId=1#/home
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Re: Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

Post by dman on Thu 28 Jul 2011, 8:35 pm

Thanks Bill. I grew up on the Green and Snake during the summers as a kid running rafts and canoes and have some fond memories of both areas in and out of the water. I did a short run on the Virgin the other day with a friend for our birhtdays on a couple of cheap Sot's at about 150 cfs and had a ball. Just brought back a lot of good feeling of the power and flow the river has and how much I missed it. I saw the post and worried that I had missed or lost a good thing right under my nose.

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Re: Let the NPS know your thoughts on the Virgin River.

Post by Guest on Thu 28 Jul 2011, 8:42 pm

DMAN. Love this post. It is the Why? and answer.

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