TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK
WHITEWATER BOATING RELEASES PERMITTING SYSTEM
[Please Read All of the Instructions. Failure to Comply May Result in Your Not
Receiving a Permit]
1. Only persons paddling Qualified Whitewater Craft will be permitted to paddle Tallulah Gorge. Qualified Whitewater Craft is defined as follows: kayaks (one person and two person), whitewater canoes or open hard boats (solo and tandem), decked canoes, including C-1s and C-2s and "Qualified Inflatables." Qualified Inflatables mean inflatable craft owned (not rented or borrowed) by the applicant or one of the people in his or her group that conform to established DNR guidelines.
2. Permits allow access for both days of the release weekend. Each permit holder (or one of up to four alternates listed on the permit application) must check in by 12:00 p.m. each day or the permit will be released on a first come, first served basis.
3. An applicant may request one permit for each of the scheduled release weekends. Up to five paddlers paddling Qualified Whitewater Craft are authorized per permit. A separate request must be submitted for each scheduled release weekend.
4. Each permit request must be prepared by hand and mailed by the applicant.
5. Permits are nontransferable and the applicant (or one of the alternates listed on the permit request) must present proof of identity at the check in.
6. Any fraudulent application will disqualify the applicant and all alternates listed on the permit from receiving the requested permit or any permit in the future.
7. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis by postmark date. NOT RECEIPT DATE. Absolutely no metered mail, courier or hand delivered packages of any kind will be accepted. Certified mail may be used for either the permit request and/or the return envelope at the applicant's expense.
8. We will begin accepting requests for the 1997 (Spring/Fall) releases on October 1, 1997. Permit requests postmarked prior to this date will not be accepted.
9. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of the applicant's permit request.
10. Remember that polite, responsible and safe behavior might ultimately result in greater access.
11. Permit holders are encouraged to confirm that the scheduled release has not been postponed due to adverse conditions or emergency before departing for Tallulah by calling 1-888-GPC-LAKE and noting whether or not a postponement message has been added to the recording.
12. Applicants are reminded that much of Tallulah Gorge State Park is extremely rugged and potentially hazardous. It is an environmentally sensitive area. To protect the visitor from the gorge, and more importantly, the gorge from the visitor, all regulations and laws are strictly enforced.