You are here: home   Issues   Beauty or Beast   Not all kayakers oppose limitations
Topic: Recreation     Department: Letters

Not all kayakers oppose limitations

Document Actions

As an avid kayaker in Grand Teton National Park, I was surprised to see it lumped with Yellowstone in "Forbidden waters" (HCN, 11/11/13). Grand Teton does not have a "blanket ban" on kayaking. To the contrary, 36.6 miles of the Snake River in the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park are open to paddlers, amounting to 58 percent of the recently designated wild and scenic headwaters. A mere 15.2 miles of the Snake River's tributaries are closed to boaters within the park, yet those waterways are accessible in the neighboring Bridger-Teton National Forest. If Rob Lesser had as much passion for the resource as he has for adventure, he might realize that it ain't "so simple." All forms of recreation affect park resources in some regard, from soundscapes to soil compaction. Water sports – including kayaking – carry a high risk for the transport of aquatic invasive species. I support Yellowstone's effort to minimize such unintended consequences from myriad recreational pursuits.

Jenner Harsha
Moran, Wyoming

David Nix
David Nix Subscriber
Dec 23, 2013 10:27 PM
It is unfortunate these 36.6 miles of river are adjacent to a major roadway and see large numbers of private and commercial boaters. Not much of a wilderness experience.

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. The privatization of public campground management | All the info you need to decide whether you love o...
  3. Efficiency lessons from Germany |
  4. California gears up to fine water wasters: Should we turn our neighbors in? |
  5. The Latest: Interior commits to restoring bison on select lands | The “odd ungulate out” gets a tentative win.
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
More from Recreation
The death of backpacking? Younger people don’t seem interested in this outdoors tradition.
On the Wilderness Act's 50th, a backpack into the Weminuche
The privatization of public campground management All the info you need to decide whether you love or hate that the Forest Service uses concessionaires.
All Recreation
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone