Camping Regulations for River Trips
During high-use season (May 13 to September 13, 2013), camp only in campsites assigned by the River Office. During low-use season, boaters may choose which designated campsites they wish to stay at; sites are available first-come, first-served.
- Campsites must be packed up, and boats loaded and moved out of landings by noon to allow the next group to occupy the site. Adhere to Leave-No-Trace principles, and leave your campsite as you found it or better.
- If not assigned a campsite at Jones Hole, use the day-use area between Jones Hole campsites #3 and #4 for short stops. If not assigned a campsite at Rippling Brook, use the day use area between the two campsites.
- During a river trip, camping is not permitted at Echo Park, Rainbow Park, or in the Split Mountain Gorge.
- Do not expand trails, enlarge camping areas, or trench camp or tent sites.
- The use of kitchen ground tarps to minimize and concentrate impacts and collect food crumbs is highly recommended.
- The use of a fire blanket and elevated fire pan is required. Fire pans must have a 3-inch rim. Fire pans must be elevated at least four inches off the ground with legs, rocks or other items. Fire blankets are considered to be any fireproof tarp, blanket, or welder's cloth of sufficient size to catch coals, ashes, and debris from around the fire pan. Do not leave fires unattended.
- Fire residue must be strained before being deposited in the main river current. All floatable and strained fire residue must be carried out.
- Human waste must be carried down river in an approved container.
- Pack out all trash along the river and at Deerlodge Park, Gate of Lodore, and Echo Park Campgrounds.
- Only one permitted group per campsite. A maximum of 25 river trip participants per site is allowed on private trips.
- When you are in an area with multiple campsites, remember to respect your neighbors. Quiet hours are between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Each group must remember to stay within their assigned, designated site; do not spill over to the next site.
- The Superintendent may close campsites for resource management or safety concerns (such as bighorn sheep lambing season, bear activity, or wildland fires).
- Do not collect firewood in campsites