DECEMBER 5, 2012

Salt River Canyon Wilderness rafting permit applications available online through Jan.15, 2013

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PHOENIX – Rafting permit applications for the Salt River Canyon Wilderness are now available for the 2013 season. Applications are submitted online through the Kinsail website at

Following the close of the application period, a drawing is conducted from those applications received. If selected, applicants will have the opportunity to buy a permit for $125.  There is a $10 non-refundable application fee.

 A Forest Service permit is required from March 1 through May 15 to raft the portion of the river which flows through the Salt River Canyon Wilderness. This segment starts approximately 20 miles downstream from the main put-in point at First Campground on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. 

 The White Mountain Apache Tribe requires a recreation permit throughout the year for boating on the Upper Salt River.  For more information regarding tribal permits and regulations, call 928-338-4385.