Below are the river use stipulations as they appear on non-commercial river permits.
Federal and state regulations outline an assortment of equipment necessary for river trips. The following items are required:
You must have a permit if you are travelling upstream or downstream on the rivers within the park. You must also abide by all river rules, regulations, and required equipment with the exception of carrying a spare paddle and spare PFD. Nights spent outside of the river corridor (1⁄2 mile or 1,000 vertical feet from the river) must be in designated campsites or zones indicated on the permit. Read more about packrafting.
The following are prohibited in Canyonlands National Park:
When camping on your trip, the following restrictions apply:
In order to protect the park and its resources, the following limitations and closures are in effect:
1 Any river trips using nontraditional launches or take outs, combining different modes of transport or wishing to stay in designated campsites must coordinate their travel with the park to obtain the proper permit(s).
2 PFDs approved for use on whitewater trips must have a U.S. Coast Guard label that specifies the intended use as "whitewater rafting" or "kayaking, canoeing, paddling or sailing." General use, universal, general boating and water ski PFDs are not approved for use in whitewater, but are allowed on flat water trips. Inflatable PFDs are not allowed on rivers in Utah. PFDs must be in good condition (serviceable) with a legible label, no rips, tears or excessive sun damage, all buckles and fasteners functioning, and no repairs or after-market modifications.
3 Worn/wear: As it pertains to PFDs, worn means on the torso, snug, with all fasteners and closures secure. A PFD that is slung around the shoulders and unfastened is not considered to be worn.
4 Up running: Travel by motorized vessel predominately against the current. Motorized vessels are permitted to use eddy currents to return to the beginning of a rapid that has just been run, but are not allowed to up run any further.
5 Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has increased enforcement of their zebra mussel prevention program on Lake Powell. Learn More about Zebra Mussel Requirements at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
6 Geocaching: Geocaching is defined as placing a cache of items within the park boundaries and distributing the coordinates, or other clues to the coordinates, for the purpose of locating the cache at a later date.
7 Driftwood: Driftwood is wood that has clearly been transported by river flows and deposited on beaches and shorelines below the high water mark. Dead and down wood that has either fallen from existing vegetation, or been placed in slash piles through resource management projects is not considered driftwood.
Last updated: March 5, 2021