Posts tagged: Colorado River
FISHING — This story took me back to the Pend Oreille River about 10 years ago…
Northern pike have made their way into the Upper Colorado River
Utah has already put a $20 bounty on northern pike, the toothy adversary of a healthy trout population, and with a confirmed catch of the invasive predator—and, unfortunately, its live release into the Colorado River at Pumphouse Recreation Area, Colorado should consider a similar program to rid the waters of pike—which have no place in the Colorado River.
A column by Scott Willoughby, Denver Post; Aug. 7
RIVERS – Lynn and Stan Mrzygod will recount their recent 30-day, 300-mile, self-guided winter excursion through the wild rapids in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in a slide program sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club on Monday, 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear corporate offices, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley.
This ought to be an excellent way to chill out after a busy weekend.
RIVER RUNNING — The National Park Service is abandoning its normal practice of stationing rangers at a rescue camp near the most dangerous stretch of the world-renowned rapids of Utah's Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.
A story in the Deseret News explains that with high water everywhere this year, the Park Service said it won't be setting up the rescue camp and notified river-running companies to be prepared to self rescue.
PADDLING — Typically the Grand Canyon is floated by raft because of the length of time it takes to boat the roadless stretch of the Colorado River.
Most trips take 12-21 days to negotiate big whitewater and long stretches of flatwater.
All the skills requirements are amplified for the few self-supported kayakers who attempt to carry all their gear – including the required “groover” and fire pan.
But Scott Sills and Mike Copeland proved it could be done in a 16-day December adventure they launched in creek boats stuffed with 250 pounds of gear.
They’ll present a program on the trip (and tell whether they could Eskimo roll a kayak that heavy in the canyon’s huge water) Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland, sponsored by Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.
RIVER RUNNING — Rafters who have the do-it-yourself skills for big water have until Feb. 23 to apply for a coveted permit to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
The National Park Service is holding its annual lottery this month to assign launch dates for private river trips through the cayon.
The lottery system replaced a years-long waiting list in 2006.
The Park Service will award 436 permits for 12- to- 25-day noncommercial trips on the Colorado River. The permits are for specific launch dates in 2012.
Additional draws will be held for the self-guided trips that are canceled or left over after the Feb. 23 application deadline.
The main applicant must be 18 years or older, and at least one person on the trip must be experienced in whitewater rafting.
Check out the video above to see if you're ready to handle Lava Falls.
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS?
A rafting trip on the Colorado River requires the luck of the draw or a hefty withdrawal from your savings account.
Not many years ago, rafting permit applicants got on a waiting list that ran as long as 20 years.
Since 2006, around 8,000 applicants vie for permits in a lottery system.
Chances of drawing a permit for a specified date are about 1 percent.
Therefore, most people who want to go on a Grand Canyon rafting trip before they die pay dearly for the privilege. An 18-day trip through 47 major rapids rated 5 or above on the Grand Canyon scale of 1-10 will cost around $4,800.