A quick calculation of a five day vacation itinerary Canoe Camping reveals a canoe camping trip is a good deal, especially for budget-minded vacationers. Disney World ($560 per person) compares to
Green River ($264 per person) canoeing and Boundary Water ($340 per person) canoeing. (Camping trip prices include pre and post
trip accommodations, fully outfitted rentals, shuttles and required permits.) The environment of canoe camping is going to be intimate compared to a Disney vacation.
Canoe Camping, is it car camping or backpacking? A river canoe trip is similar to car camping. Canoe camping requiring portages needs to pack lighter, similar to backpacking. So let's examine river canoe trips compared to lake canoeing.
Boundary Water permits can be reserved starting in early January of the travel year. Green River Canoe Camping trips can be reserved earlier, starting the second week of July for the following travel year. There is no portaging in
River corridor. Typical Boundary Water Canoe trips are 5-7 days.
Routing is a big responsibility. Upon the Green River
paddle 4-10 days downstream with the current.
Green River itinerary
requires a jet boat shuttle from a road-less region of . Rendezvous there
with one of two authorized companies to roof rack the canoe, stow gear in the
jet boat and up-run the Canyonlands
National Park Colorado River to Moab Utah to
conclude this quality expedition canoe camping trip. Reservations will be
required to determine the date for pick up by jet boat.
In the Boundary Waters, a Forest Service permit limits group to nine people or fewer to a private permit. Group size on the
River may not exceed 40 adventurers on a private trip. Boundary
Water permits cost $16 per adult and $8 per youth 17 and younger. For the Green
River, fill out a free permit with the Bureau of Land Management
section. For trips concluding in the heart of Labyrinth Canyon , pay $30 reservation
fee, plus $20 per person on the river permit. This permit fee system has been
revised as of Canyonlands
National Park July 9, 2012.
Both trips specify archaeological, historical and rock painting sites are to be left undisturbed. Campsites are to be kept free of litter. It is mandated: do not build structures, cut live wood, carve in wood or write on rocks. Both places can expect to have astonishing afternoon winds. Both canoe camping trips can have mosquitoes, although the
has more predictable seasons of the pests. The Boundary Water mosquitoes are
incessant. Both trips can experience rain. Rain in the Boundary Waters can be
daunting, seemingly endless and causing mildew. Rain in the desert can also
wreak havoc for the unprepared. Watch for flashfloods in the desert. Take
advantage of the arid environment to dry everything out. In the boundary waters
single serve beverage containers are prohibited. For the Green River,
glass must be left behind, cans are acceptable and to be packed out as trash.
Now apply imagination. Be removed from the stimulation of video, long lines, mechanization, and staged entertainment of other vacation choices. Interact with earth and one another. Manifest memories spotting wildlife rather than hurrying to meet a character from someone else’s imagination. Determine the kind of camping that is suitable, car camping versus backpacking, and retro fit it into a canoe camping trip.
Continued details for
outfitters can be found on www.DiscoverMoab
For Boundary Water details http://www.bwca.com should help.