Rivers of Recovery

February 22, 2009

Green River


A while back I found out about a organization that really stuck out to me about what they were doing.  Rivers of Recovery is doing good in this world when there is so much negativity.  As you will read in this post Rivers of Recovery provides meaningful fishing trips to disabled veterans.  I have never had the chance to speak with Dan Cook, founder, but fellow Frenzier Aaron Peterson has and we can’t help but thank  Dan for starting this incredible organization.  We hope that some of the Frenzy group will be able to head down to the Green River and help out.  Enjoy!!

Rivers of Recovery is dedicated to providing unique and meaningful recreational trips to disabled veterans, their families and the families of fallen soldiers at no cost to the participants. A nonprofit organization, Rivers of Recovery seeks to promote the building of self-confidence, foster a sense of empowerment, spark an enthusiasm for the outdoors and provide a sanctuary where enjoyment, relaxation and learning are the priorities.

Veterans and families from all armed forces and military eras are eligible.

2009 Program Description

We created Rivers of Recovery to provide disabled veterans, their families and the families of fallen soldiers with recreational trips to the majestic Green River, home of arguably the best fly fishing in the United States at no cost to the participants. Beginning in June, 2008, ROR will be offering three 2-day guided trips to fish and explore this beautiful river.

Our programs strive to achieve the following:

  • Assist the participants in understanding the art of fly fishing and nourishing the self-confidence and self-esteem that comes with learning.
  • Allow the participants to temporarily leave their stresses and uncertainties behind. ROR seeks to create a sanctuary where learning and enjoyment are the priorities.
  • Foster an environment where veterans can interact in a fun and enjoyable setting. Each group of 4 participants will share accommodations, meals and fishing together on the river.
  • Provide instruction on all aspects of fishing. Participants will take home these acquired skills, to be further developed on future trips. Our goals include sparking a continuing enthusiasm for the outdoors in each veteran and family.
  • Encourage an appreciation for nature.
  • Most importantly, our programs allow the veterans and families a chance to enjoy themselves, both individually and as a member of a cohesive group.

Our program accepts each veteran as a member of our own ROR family. Each day is structured to maximize the participant’s enjoyment and learning. After breakfast, we spend 8 hours fishing from drift boats through the spectacular Red Canyon. Through this section, the Green River holds an incredible 14,000 fish per mile! We will take opportunities to stop, sit back and relax. At mid-day, the entire group will meet up for a river-side lunch. A BBQ at the end of the day will offer a chance for veterans to relate stories about “the big one that got away” and receive informal instruction on knot-tying and/or fly casting.

Rivers of Recovery will provide all transportation, accommodation, instruction and fishing guides. The participant just needs to get to the nearest major airport and we will take care of the rest.

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