The following rivers require permits. Click on the link to read the instructions download the appropriate application.

StateRiver and SectionLinkDescription
AK Alsek Haines Junction to Dry Bay Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.

AK Tatshenshini 2. Dalton Post to Alsek (Dry Bay) Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.

AZ Colorado 18. Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead Permit

Permits for the Grand Canyon are required and available through a weighted lottery system in February (additional dates may be distributed throughout the year).

AZ Fossil Creek 01. Upper Permit

Advance permits are required to park a vehicle within the Fossil Creek Permit Area from April 1 through October 1. During this season and dependent on availability, a maximum of six permits, per person is allowed (one permit = one day). Permits are made available one month ahead of time, on the first of the month.

AZ Fossil Creek 02. Classic Section Permit

Advance permits are required to park a vehicle within the Fossil Creek Permit Area from April 1 through October 1. During this season and dependent on availability, a maximum of six permits, per person is allowed (one permit = one day). Permits are made available one month ahead of time, on the first of the month.

AZ Paria 01. Highway bridge to Lee's Ferry Permit

If you plan to do the Paria in one night you need to obtain a permit which can be done online on the BLM site, over the phone (except on Sundays), or in person at the ranger stations in St George or Kanab. If you are planning to paddled the Paria in a huge one day push you would just need a self issue permit.

AZ Salt 02. US 60 to Hwy 288 above Roosevelt Reservoir Permit

Lottery for river permits Mar 1 through May 15. Applications due Jan 31.

BC Alsek Haines Junction to Dry Bay Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.

BC Tatshenshini 2. Dalton Post to Alsek (Dry Bay) Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.

CA Kern 2) Forks of the Kern to Johnsondale Bridge Permit

On the Forks Run, the Forest Service operates an advance reservation service in an effort to give boaters a more equal chance of obtaining a permit. The Forks Run is limited to 15 people per day. Permits are required from May 15 through September 15 each year. To obtain a reservation, there is a $10.00 fee to enter the selection process. Applications for a reservation will be made through the mail beginning March 15 each year. The final deadline to submit an application is April 15. Applications will be separated by requested put-in dates, and a drawing will occur for those dates which have an excess of requests. You must notify the Kernville Ranger Station within 7 days of your scheduled trip, if you need to cancel your reservation or if your party size changes.

CA Kern 3) Johnsondale Bridge to Powerhouse #3 (Upper Kern) Permit

A Kern River Use Permit is required year round and is valid from May 1 through April 30 each year. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge. A permit is required for EACH craft. Group size cannot exceed 18 people on the river at one time. To obtain a permit, fill out an application IN PERSON at Forest Service offices in Kernville, Lake Isabella, Springville or Bakersfield. Applications will not be mailed out or left in office drop boxes. Upon completion of your application, a waterproof permit may be issued.

CA Tuolumne 4) Lumsden Campground (Merals Pool) to Wards Ferry Bridge Permit

Permit applications are accepted after January 1 for the following season: May 1 through October 15. While permits for day trips or weekday overnight trips are generally available in-person, advance reservation for weekend overnight trips is recommended.

CO Colorado 14. Loma launch to Westwater launch (Ruby - Horsethief) Permit

Overnight camping is available in any of the 34 designated campsites and requires a permit. No permit is required for day use of the river.

CO Dolores 07. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) Permit

Required permit can be obtained by calling the Moab BLM field office for a reservation.

CO Green 02. Lodore to Echo Park Permit

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Jan 31.

CO Green 2- Lodore to Echo Park (DUPLICATE) Permit

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Feb 1.

CO Yampa 05. Deerlodge Park to Echo Park Permit

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in July with applications due Jan 31.

GA Chattooga Ellicott Rock - Bull Pen Bridge to Burrell's Ford Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

GA Chattooga Rock Gorge - Burrell's Ford to Lick Log Creek Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

ID Bruneau Indian Hot Springs to 8 miles South of Bruneau Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website, and are available at self registration stations at the put in and take out.

ID Jarbidge Murphy Hot Springs to Bruneau River (Indian Hot Springs) Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

ID Owyhee 1. Duck Valley Indian Res. to Crutcher's Crossing Permit

Self-registration permits available from the BLM website. Also seek permission from the Duck Valley Shoshone-Piute tribe.

ID Owyhee 2. Crutcher's Crossing to Three Forks Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

ID Owyhee, N. Fork Off Mud Flat Road to Three Forks (OR) Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

ID Owyhee, South Fork YP Ranch to East Fork Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

ID Salmon 6 - Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek (The Main) Permit

All boaters must have a permit. There are eight launches per day allowed on the Main Salmon during the controlled season - June 20 thru September 7 - and these are assigned through the 4 Rivers Lottery System. Application due January 31.

ID Salmon, Middle Fork 1 - Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek Permit

Lottery permits for first weekend in June to first weekend in September.

ID Salmon, Middle Fork 2 - Boundary Creek (Dagger Falls) to Cache Bar (near Salmon R.) Permit

All boaters must have a permit with heavy use season between May 28 and Sept 3rd assigned through the 4 Rivers Lottery System. Applications due January 31.

ID Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River Permit

Obtained in person at the McCall Ranger District in McCall, Idaho; OR You can print out the permit at the link below, fill it in, sign it, and mail it to the McCall Ranger District, C/O Front Desk, 102 W. Lake St., McCall, ID 83638 or scan and email the signed form to lisamthompson@fs.fed.us Permit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd526083.pdf The district will then mail you back your tag(s) with your permit number(s) that gets attached to your boat, allowing you to exit to either Cache Bar on the Main Salmon for those floating Big Creek; or Vinegar Creek or Carey Creek on the Main Salmon for those floating out of the SFSR. Please allow approximately 7 days for your permit request to be processed. If you have ANY questions, feel free to call the McCall Ranger District at (208)634-0400. that permits can be picked up at the McCall Forest Service Office

ID Selway 1 - Paradise to Selway Falls Permit

All boaters must have a permit. There is one launch per day during the controlled season - May 15 through July 31 - and these are assigned through the Four Rivers Lottery and Permit System. Application due January 31.

ID Sheep Creek (Bruneau trib) Simplot Ranch Bridge to Bruneau River Permit

No BLM permit required but regulations apply. On the way to the put-in you will pass an invasive species watercraft inspection station and they expect you to stop and may chase you down with lights flashing if you do not. Idaho invasive species pass advised.

ID Snake I) Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing Permit

Three permit launches each day from Friday preceding Memorial Day weekend through September 10th issued through 4 Rivers Lottery. Outside of this season, self issue permits are available. Application due January 31.

ID Snake J) Pittsburg Landing (or Salmon) to Heller Bar Permit

Four Rivers Lottery Permit information

MT Smith Camp Baker to Eden Bridge Permit

Permits issued through a lottery managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Peak season is May 15th to July 15th.

NC Chattooga Chattooga Cliffs - Grimshawes Bridge to Bull Pen Bridge Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

NC Chattooga Ellicott Rock - Bull Pen Bridge to Burrell's Ford Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

NM Rio Chama 04. El Vado Lake to Abiquiu Reservoir Permit

Permits required. Weekend launch dates May 1 through Labor Day distributed by lottery with application due before January 31.

NV Owyhee, South Fork YP Ranch to East Fork Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

OR Deschutes K. US 26 (Warm Springs) to Sherars Falls Permit

Boater pass available through online reservation system. Some dates have limited launches available.

OR Deschutes L. Sherar's Falls to Columbia River Permit

Boater pass available through online reservation system. Some dates have limited launches available.

OR Illinois 2 - Miami Bar to Oak Flat (31 miles) Permit

Self issue permits required and available prior to launch from Selma Market.

OR John Day 2. Service Creek to Clarno Permit

Reservation system for launches which are capped at 19 per day.

OR John Day 3. Clarno to Cottonwood Permit

For float trips during the primary boating season of May 20–July 10, advance permit reservations are required. Permits can be obtained on a first come, first served basis, starting on March 1 and then again on May 1. Launches are capped at 9 per day.

OR Owyhee 2. Crutcher's Crossing to Three Forks Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

OR Owyhee 3. Three Forks to Rome Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

OR Owyhee 4. Rome to Birch Creek or Leslie Gulch Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

OR Owyhee, N. Fork Off Mud Flat Road to Three Forks (OR) Permit

Self issue permit can be downloaded from BLM website.

OR Rogue 5. Grave Creek (Galice) to Foster Bar (Agness) (35 miles) Permit

Lottery for permits issued during regulated use season of May 15 through October 15.

OR Snake I) Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing Permit

Three permit launches each day from Friday preceding Memorial Day weekend through September 10th issued through 4 Rivers Lottery. Outside of this season, self issue permits are available. Application due January 31.

OR Snake J) Pittsburg Landing (or Salmon) to Heller Bar Permit

Four Rivers Lottery Permit information

SC Chattooga Ellicott Rock - Bull Pen Bridge to Burrell's Ford Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

SC Chattooga Rock Gorge - Burrell's Ford to Lick Log Creek Permit

Permit must be obtained at Green Creek Trail, County Line Trail, or Bull Pen Bridge in NC, Burrell’s Ford Rd (GA side of the river), Warwoman Campground (FR 86) and Overflow Creek in GA, or Hwy 28 boat landing, Low Water Bridge, Earl’s Ford, Sandy Ford, Fall Creek, Thrift’s Ferry, Hwy 76 / Bull Sluice lot, and Woodall Shoals in SC.

UT Colorado 14. Loma launch to Westwater launch (Ruby - Horsethief) Permit

Overnight camping is available in any of the 34 designated campsites and requires a permit. No permit is required for day use of the river.

UT Colorado 15. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) Permit

River permit available through a BLM phone reservation system. Dates become available two months in advance.

UT Colorado 17. Colorado/Green Confluence to Hite Marina (Cataract Canyon) Permit

Permits are available on a reservation basis no more than four months, and no less than two days, prior to the permit start date.

UT Dolores 07. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) Permit

Required permit can be obtained by calling the Moab BLM field office for a reservation.

UT Green 02. Lodore to Echo Park Permit

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Jan 31.

UT Green 04. Ouray to Green River Town (Desolation & Gray) Permit

Permits required year around with a high use (6 groups/day) season (mid May to mid August) and low use (2 groups/day) season (the rest of the year).

UT Green 05. Green River Town to Colorado Confluence (Labyrinth and Stillwater) Permit

A permit is required for all overnight flat water trips in Canyonlands and can be acquired no more than four months, and no less than two days prior to launch. The BLM manages permits upstream of the Park boundary.

UT Green 2- Lodore to Echo Park (DUPLICATE) Permit

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Feb 1.

UT San Juan 01. Sand Island to Mexican Hat Permit

A permit is required year-round to float any section of the San Juan River between Montezuma Creek and Clay Hills. Permits are issued only through a pre-season lottery (for high use season of April 15 - Jul 15) and advance telephone reservations (for low and moderate use season to individuals 18 and older.

UT San Juan 02. Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing Permit

A permit is required year-round to float any section of the San Juan River between Montezuma Creek and Clay Hills. Permits are issued only through a pre-season lottery (for high use season of April 15 - Jul 15) and advance telephone reservations (for low and moderate use season to individuals 18 and older.

UT Virgin, N. Fork 02. Sinawava to South Campground (Zion NP) Permit

Boating allowed when flows exceed 140 cfs

WA Baker River North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake Permit

Backcountry permit required for overnight adventures.

WA Elwha 1. Grand Canyon Permit

A wilderness permit is required for overnight trips in the Elwha River valley.

WA Snake J) Pittsburg Landing (or Salmon) to Heller Bar Permit

Four Rivers Lottery Permit information

YT Alsek Haines Junction to Dry Bay Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.

YT Tatshenshini 2. Dalton Post to Alsek (Dry Bay) Permit

Send in application to get on waitlist for preferred dates.