North of Winslow Arizona, the Little Colorado River plunges over Grand Falls, a steep escarpment higher than Niagra. Swollen with spring snow melt, summer monsoons, or hurricane bonus storm, the LCR can be an amazing sight when shes rolling.Although the Navajo Nation prohibits boating access below Grand Falls, people have run the river downstream where one bank is privately owned.
Challenging rapids navigable by canoes, kayaks, and small rafts at moderate levels.
Seven or eight miles below the falls the river flattens out again.
Near the Wupatki take-out, what was once an old dam has filled with sand and become Black Falls. It is unrunnable.
Please get permits before boating on the Wupatki National Monument prior to putting on.
West of Wolf Crossing and NorthWest of Leupp
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Grand Falls at flood
Huge water at Grand Falls
Upper atomizer falls
Liitle Colorado gorge
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In October of 2019, we reported that Phoenix-based hydroelectric company, Pumped Hydro Storage, submitted applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for preliminary permits for two different hydroelectric projects in the Little Colorado River basin. At the end of May, both proposals received approval for their preliminary permits despite formal intervention from Native American tribes, American Whitewater, many of our members, and numerous environmental organizations. Thank you to those of you who provided your comments to FERC! These comments are on record and will help the continued fight against these dams. Next up, the same hydropower company has submitted another preliminary dam proposal on Big Canyon. American Whitewater is reviewing the Big Canyon application and is working on providing our supporters with guidance to submit your own comments.
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