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GCPBA RiverNews 6/28/2021  Navajo Docks Update

GCPBA sent a May 25, 2021 letter to the Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District petitioning the suspension and subsequent revocation of the permit granting the Navajo Nation permission to construct boat docks 1 – 2 miles downstream from Lee’s Ferry. The Navajo’s stated purpose is to conduct river patrols because of the trespass and desecration of sacred sites by private and commercial boaters. This is a follow up on our February 23, 2020 post.

GCPBA RiverNews 4/13/2021 - River Hazard Alert! Tram Cable Near Mile 267

GCPBA has received an alert from river runners of a steel cable sticking out from the left side river bank near the old Bat Cave at mile 267. Be very cautious when floating past here. Stay away from the left side!

Read the full announcement here: Tram Cable in the River

GCPBA RiverNews 7/5/2020 - Grand Canyon National Park Requests River Guides and Boaters Bypass Havasu Canyon

From Grand Canyon National Park:

Effective immediately, the National Park Service (NPS) is requesting all river trips, both commercial and non-commercial, to voluntarily bypass Havasu Canyon on the Colorado river, located at river mile 157. This request is an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to further safeguard the Havasupai people and their traditional lands. River guides and boaters are encouraged to honor this request out of respect and safety for the Havasupai people.

Read the full announcement here: Bypass Havasu Canyon

GCPBA RiverNews 6/7/2020 - River Precautions When River Trips Resume

The Colorado River through Grand Canyon will be open starting June 14th. We will be able to use our Noncommercial River Permits. We have been in contact with the Grand Canyon River Permits Office for what river trip participants need to be aware of when river trips resume.

Read our full announcement here: River Precautions When River Trips Resume

GCPBA RiverNews 5/27/2020 - Grand Canyon National Park Adds More Noncommercial River Trips

On May 4, 2020, GCPBA President Richard Harter mailed a letter to Grand Canyon National Park which reviewed the 134 noncommercial river trips that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were scheduled to launch in March, April, May, and June of this year. There is a new announcement May 27 from GCNP that the suspension will not continue past the previously announced June 13 date.
Read our full announcement here: More Noncommercial Trips


Cooler Research:

GCPBA board member Blakely LaCroix and Peter Werness, Ph.D. did a formal scientific analysis of the performance of coolers in different configurations.  Their released results are available here:

Article 1:  Evaluation of Drained vs. Un-Drained Coolers Cooler Research Article 1 Drain vs No Drain

Article 2:  Evaluation of Block ice vs. Cube ice Cooler Research article #2 - Block ice vs Cube ice

Article 3:  Evaluation of Block ice vs. Bottle ice Cooler Research article#3- Block ice vs Bottle ice

Article 4:  Evaluation of a Damp Towel Cooler Cover Cooler Research article #4 - Evaluation of Damp Towel Cooler Cover

Launching at Lee's In 1956 (Katie Lee)
Great trips to all!

Welcome to the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association NEW Website!

Our Goal:  Ensure the ability for all to obtain, on an equal and timely basis, an opportunity to experience a float trip through the Grand Canyon while protecting the resource.

The Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association was established in 1996 to provide the self-outfitted boating public with an advocate and a clear voice seeking to achieve fair access for the non-commercial river runner in Grand Canyon and the rivers of the Colorado Plateau region.

Important note to previous GCPBA website registrants - your previous username will still work on this new site but your password may not. If it doesn't work, you will be taken to a page allowing you to request a new password that will be emailed to you. Once you are able to log in, you can change your password if you desire. We're sorry for the inconvenience - building a new website is as challenging as running a heavy boat through Bedrock at low, low water.

Early Morning Full Moon - Launch Day at Lees Ferry, by Bruce McElya © 2012
Used with permission

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