- Aug 9, 2007
There's lots of stuff you can do without a permit but not as much in the multi-day wilderness category. Mostly day runs by highways and that kind of thing. There are certainly some more wilderness type rivers that have less red tape and don't get the pressure of the permit lottery though. Just being in the lotteries amps up the pressure a lot, because it's then on a list. But those rivers that are permit controlled are generally that way for good reason. They're awesome and lots of people want to do it. One could argue that they could put a lot more people on most of the rivers, but I sure am glad it's limited. Even launching with 4 other groups on the Middle Fork last year, it still felt like a fantastic wilderness experience. Imagine if everyone was moving roughly the same pace down the same trail. You never run into anyone!I'm a rookie when it comes to river running. Only done the New River in West Virginia. So I have a question (hopefully not to derail the thread too much). Are there just not very many long sections of good rafting river in the country that you can run without a permit?