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River Trip Calendars (launch, exchange, takeout)

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Noncommercial data last updated on December 3, 2023. Commercial trips do not launch during the month of December.

River Trip Calendars for Issued Permits for December 2023

Five separate river trip calendars are available

  1. Lees Ferry launch calendar
  2. Phantom Ranch exchange calendar
  3. Whitmore exchange calendar
  4. Diamond Creek takeout calendar
  5. Pearce Ferry takeout calendar

These calendars list launch schedules for river trips with issued permits for commercial, noncommercial, and National Park Service administrative trips. Patrol trips are not included. The calendars are available approximately three months in advance. Noncommercial data is updated daily. Commercial data is updated weekly. Commercial trips do not launch during the following months: November, December, January, February, and March.

How to read the calendars

Each river trip is labeled on the calendar according to its planned schedule. The first abbreviation represents the name of the company or type of trip. The second number represents the maximum number of passengers at any given time (including crew). The final series of numbers and letters reflect the trip's planned schedule. All trips launch from Lees Ferry. Trips launching from Diamond Creek are not included.

Abbreviations

Type of Trip/Company Names

PRIV = Private Noncommercial Trip
ARIZ = Arizona River Runners
CANY = Canyoneers
GCDY = Grand Canyon Discovery
HATC = Hatch River Expeditions
RAFT = Grand Canyon Raft Adventures
WILD = Wilderness River Adventures

ADMN = NPS Administrative Trip
AZRA = Arizona Raft Adventures
COLO = CO River and Trail Expeditions
GCEX = Grand Canyon Expeditions
OARS = O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon
TOUR = Tour West
GCROA = Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association

TRAN = Commercial Training Trip
CAEX = Canyon Explorations
EXPD = Canyon Expeditions
GCW = Grand Canyon Whitewater
OUTD = Outdoors Unlimited
WEST = Western River Expeditions

Location

P = Phantom Ranch
J = Jet boat

W = Whitmore Helipad
L = Lake Mead (Pearce Ferry)

D = Diamond Creek
> = "Deadhead" (equipment/crew only)

Examples

PRIV 15 9P 12D 3L = A planned maximum of 15 participants, 9 days to Phantom Ranch, 12 more days to Diamond Creek, 3 more days to Lake Mead to take out

WEST 28 6W 3J >L = 28 participants, 6 days to Whitmore Helipad, 3 days to off-load passengers by jet boat, the crew and equipment will continue to Lake Mead

GCEX 20 10D = 20 participants, 10 days to Diamond Creek

Lees Ferry Launches for December 2023

The Lees Ferry launch calendar lists all trips by their launch dates. The launch schedule will mirror the launch schedule in Appendix B of the 2006 Colorado River Management Plan (CRMP) with two exceptions. First, additional administrative trips may be listed on the calendar. Administrative trips are always additional trips and never displace recreational trips. Second, some commercial trip slots may not be utilized - when earlier trips use up a company's total user-day allocation for a season, additional trips may not be launched by that concessionaire. The number of days that trips can spend on each segment of the river above Diamond Creek are not dictated by the CRMP; only total trip lengths are restricted and vary by the season within which the launch occurs. For detailed information, see the Commercial Operating Requirements and the Noncommercial River Trip Regulations.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

December 1, 2023"

PRIV 9 10P 12D

December 2, 2023"

PRIV 4 5P 7D

December 3, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 12D

December 4, 2023"

PRIV 1 2P 1D

December 5, 2023"

PRIV 13 10P 11D

December 6, 2023"

PRIV 16 11P 9D

December 7, 2023"

PRIV 6 6P 9D

December 8, 2023"

PRIV 11 10P 12D

December 9, 2023"

PRIV 15 12P 12D

December 10, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 14D

December 11, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 15D

December 12, 2023"

PRIV 1 8P 13D

December 13, 2023"

PRIV 4 4P 8D

December 14, 2023"

PRIV 4 5P 7D

December 15, 2023"

PRIV 14 9P 14D

December 16, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 12D

December 17, 2023"

PRIV 10 5P 15D

December 18, 2023"

PRIV 10 8P 12D

December 19, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 14D

December 20, 2023"

PRIV 7 9P 10D

December 21, 2023"

PRIV 1 6P 7D

December 22, 2023"

December 23, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 15D

December 24, 2023"

PRIV 8 4P 4D

December 25, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 10D

December 26, 2023"

December 27, 2023"

PRIV 16 7P 9D

December 28, 2023"

PRIV 7 3P 5D

December 29, 2023"

PRIV 16 4P 12D

December 30, 2023"

PRIV 16 7P 9D

December 31, 2023"

PRIV 13 6P 8D
PRIV 6 8P 13D

Phantom Ranch Exchanges for December 2023

This calendar includes all trips that have scheduled a passenger exchange at Phantom Ranch. Note: noncommercial trips are allowed to modify their exchange schedule up to and including the day of launch.

There are few river camps in the stretch of river between Hance Rapids and Phantom Ranch. If you are not planning to exchange passengers, standard river courtesy calls for selection of camps outside this area. Use of the two camps at Cremation Camp, river mile 87, is restricted to those trips who will be exchanging passengers the following day. If your trip is not exchanging passengers in the vicinity of Phantom Ranch, do not plan to use Cremation Camp. If you are exchanging passengers and the calendar indicates there may be more than two trips doing so the same day as you, expect that Cremation Camp may be full and camp upstream. Courteous communication with other trips on the water can help reduce congestion in the Phantom Ranch area.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

December 1, 2023"

PRIV 16 9P 10D

December 2, 2023"

December 3, 2023"

PRIV 9 8P 13D

December 4, 2023"

December 5, 2023"

December 6, 2023"

PRIV 14 7P 13D

December 7, 2023"

December 8, 2023"

December 9, 2023"

PRIV 16 12P 13D

December 10, 2023"

PRIV 9 10P 12D

December 11, 2023"

December 12, 2023"

PRIV 6 6P 9D

December 13, 2023"

December 14, 2023"

PRIV 13 10P 11D

December 15, 2023"

December 16, 2023"

December 17, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 14D

December 18, 2023"

PRIV 4 5P 7D

December 19, 2023"

December 20, 2023"

PRIV 15 12P 12D
PRIV 16 10P 15D

December 21, 2023"

December 22, 2023"

December 23, 2023"

December 24, 2023"

December 25, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 12D

December 26, 2023"

December 27, 2023"

December 28, 2023"

PRIV 16 10P 14D
PRIV 7 9P 10D

December 29, 2023"

December 30, 2023"

December 31, 2023"


Whitmore Exchanges for December 2023

Some commercial trips use a helicopter service to fly out or exchange passengers at Whitmore Wash, river mile 187. Helicopter flights are restricted to the hours before 10:00 a.m. except on days with four or more exchanges. The Whitmore schedule is included to assist those who wish to minimize their exposure to overflight noise or congestion.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

December 1, 2023"

December 2, 2023"

December 3, 2023"

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December 5, 2023"

December 6, 2023"

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December 8, 2023"

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December 12, 2023"

December 13, 2023"

December 14, 2023"

December 15, 2023"

December 16, 2023"

December 17, 2023"

December 18, 2023"

December 19, 2023"

December 20, 2023"

December 21, 2023"

December 22, 2023"

December 23, 2023"

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December 25, 2023"

December 26, 2023"

December 27, 2023"

December 28, 2023"

December 29, 2023"

December 30, 2023"

December 31, 2023"


Diamond Creek Takeouts for December 2023

The Diamond Creek calendar includes all trips that indicate that some portion of their equipment and/or passengers will be utilizing the Diamond Creek takeout.

Due to low water levels and increased numbers of launches, congestion has increased at Diamond Creek. Communication and cooperation among all launch ramp users is essential. The Hualapai Tribe has requested that groups not de-rig at the launch ramp between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. If the schedule indicates that several other trips will be taking out the same day as you, try to expedite your takeout and use as little space on the ramp as possible.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

December 1, 2023"

PRIV 14 4P 7D
PRIV 16 9P 16D

December 2, 2023"

December 3, 2023"

December 4, 2023"

December 5, 2023"

PRIV 13 11P 14D
PRIV 14 6P 11D

December 6, 2023"

December 7, 2023"

PRIV 13 10P 15D
PRIV 14 9P 9D

December 8, 2023"

December 9, 2023"

PRIV 11 8P 14D
PRIV 16 10P 15D

December 10, 2023"

December 11, 2023"

December 12, 2023"

PRIV 5 7P 9D

December 13, 2023"

PRIV 13 8P 14D
PRIV 4 5P 7D

December 14, 2023"

December 15, 2023"

December 16, 2023"

PRIV 9 8P 13D

December 17, 2023"

December 18, 2023"

December 19, 2023"

PRIV 14 7P 13D
PRIV 15 8P 13D

December 20, 2023"

December 21, 2023"

PRIV 6 6P 9D

December 22, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 12D
PRIV 9 10P 12D

December 23, 2023"

PRIV 16 11P 14D

December 24, 2023"

December 25, 2023"

PRIV 4 5P 7D

December 26, 2023"

December 27, 2023"

December 28, 2023"

December 29, 2023"

December 30, 2023"

December 31, 2023"


Pearce Ferry Takeouts for December 2023

The Pearce Ferry calendar includes all trips that indicate that some portion of their equipment and/or passengers will be utilizing the Pearce Ferry takeout. The calendar does not include river trips managed by the Hualapai Tribe.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

December 1, 2023"

PRIV 14 9P 10D 1L

December 2, 2023"

PRIV 10 6P 9D 1L

December 3, 2023"

PRIV 15 11P 14D 3L

December 4, 2023"

PRIV 16 7P 15D 3L

December 5, 2023"

PRIV 16 8P 13D 1L

December 6, 2023"

December 7, 2023"

PRIV 1 2P 1D 1L
PRIV 11 10P 9D 3L

December 8, 2023"

December 9, 2023"

December 10, 2023"

December 11, 2023"

December 12, 2023"

December 13, 2023"

PRIV 16 9P 10D 2L

December 14, 2023"

December 15, 2023"

December 16, 2023"

December 17, 2023"

December 18, 2023"

PRIV 14 10P 11D 3L

December 19, 2023"

December 20, 2023"

PRIV 12 8P 14D 5L

December 21, 2023"

December 22, 2023"

December 23, 2023"

December 24, 2023"

December 25, 2023"

December 26, 2023"

PRIV 4 4P 8D 2L

December 27, 2023"

PRIV 13 10P 11D 2L
PRIV 16 12P 13D 5L

December 28, 2023"

December 29, 2023"

PRIV 16 11P 9D 4L

December 30, 2023"

December 31, 2023"


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