Rafting Kayaking Recreation

2022 River Lotteries Now Open on recreation.gov

Written by sierrarecmagazine

Whitewater USA – With the year winding to a close, make 2022 your year to leave the ordinary behind and venture into extra-oar-dinary adventures. Grab life by the paddles and enter a 2022 River Lottery for the chance to kick off your new year in an unforgettable way.


Although none of the Sierra Rivers require lottery selection to enjoy, we know that many of our readers love the next adventure in some of the worlds most remote and wild locations. So here is your chance to float the Gray Canyons on the Green River  or take on the  Rogue River in Oregon. Heck I might suggest the Hells Canyon – Snake River trip. I have walked the canyon of Hells Canyon and it is epic.

The 2022 river lottery season is now open on Recreation.gov, providing the opportunity for you to enter for the chance to be awarded river permits for access to rafting, kayaking, and paddling on some of the most scenic and exhilarating waterways in the country. This lottery process is used for popular destinations and activities like river permits to help manage the large volume of interest and deliver an enhanced experience on the river.

If you’re interested in applying, submitting a lottery application is easier than logging on to a virtual meeting! You can submit your application through the Lotteries page on our website or through the “Lotteries” section in the Recreation.gov mobile app.

Chart a course for incredible outdoor experiences this coming year by paddling your way over to Recreation.gov and entering today!

How Does a Lottery Work?

A lottery system provides a fair distribution process and ensures equal access to the recreation opportunity or special event. Many of these opportunities are in such high demand that access is limited due to space restrictions at the event venue or to prevent damage to the natural landscape, and to preserve the visitor experience.

A lottery application period is opened at a designated time for each recreation opportunity (Example: river permit, wilderness permit, special event, etc.), and requires applicants to submit an online or call center application during this time frame. Successful and unsuccessful lottery applicants will be notified following the lottery application period. Often, there are additional steps that the successful lottery winners must follow to secure and pay for the reservation.

Each facility announces results at different times. Sometimes it takes a few days to weeks, other times it could be the next day. Please check the individual facility page for more information on when the results will be announced for the lottery you entered. 

For each lottery application there is a reservation fee – whether you are successful or not in securing a reservation through the lottery. If you receive a successful lottery award, there may also be additional fees associated with the permit or activity.

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