Posted by: Booztalkin on Jul-17-12 9:27 AM (EST)
I was hoping to get an evening paddle in last night after arriving in Grand Teton. Instead, spent the time trying to comply with the parks invasive species rules. Apparently, I was supposed to have the boat inspected when I got here. You'd think that would have been mentioned at the entry gate, especially since I asked about boating, not to mention sea kayak on the roof. Then while getting a back country permit I heard about boat permits. $10. And I had to sign a document saying I'd comply with the rules on preventing spread of invasive species. How to do that? Ask at the Marina.
At the marina, they are unable to tell me the procedure for cleaning the boat. But they do insist I need to buy a $15 certification that the boat is in compliance with the unknown process.
The gas station at Jackson Lodge was closed. But the left their hose on. I washed the boat inside and out. I removed the hatches and and will let the boat dry until I finish hike tomorrow. I think that should do it. The good news is, it's the same drill for Yellowstone, and the permits are good over there.
I read through TRs on places to paddle, and don't remember reading about this goat rope. Maybe the rules are new.
I hate to say it, but it seems inevitable the lakes will lose this battle. How can they expect every power boat and jet ski to be pristinely clean, especially given the lack of environmental concern by many of the power boating, Bubba types? And even if boats are clean, what about gear? My hand bilge pump, sponge, and always somewhat nasty booties, for example.
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