Kayak Access to Black Canyon of the Yellowstone
Suzanne Lewis - Yellowstone Park Superintendent
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We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you allow permitted, seasonal access for whitewater kayaking on the Yellowstone River between the bridge near Tower Junction and Gardiner, MT. We believe that permitted, seasonal access should be granted only after a careful and honest assessment of the potential impact that kayaking may have on the ecosystem in this river corridor is completed. This section of the Yellowstone, flowing through the incomparable Black Canyon, is a world-class kayaking run that is unique to this area and it simply cannot be compared to other stretches of the Yellowstone below Gardiner, or to any other river system in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Whitewater kayaking fits well with other self-powered, low impact recreational activities currently allowed in Yellowstone and we look forward to working constructively with members of the Park Service regarding access to the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone for whitewater kayakers.