The local river permit party will take place this year on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Dolores Community Center, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Dolores River Boating Advocates, a group that seeks to optimize flows, restore the natural environment, and permanently protect the Dolores River for whitewater boating.
The event costs $5 and includes beer, wine, and food, plus permit applications for various rivers. An ad hoc group of musicians called The Groovers will perform.
Knowledgeable and friendly river experts will be on hand to discuss and disseminate river permit applications for the San Juan, Chama, Green, Colorado, Yampa, and Salmon rivers.
"It's a convivial affair with where we share and exchange information," said Kevin Cook, a DBA board member and canoeist. "There is a little bit of log rolling as well: I'll let you be on my trip if you let me be on your trip."
Program coordinator Lee-Ann Hill encourages anybody interested in rivers to attend the party, learn about local trips and make connections.