The Price is generally a low water run with several manmade and natural hazards. The river is primarily roadside, although it is down considerably from the road, so hiking out would be a pain. Scouting can be done from the road for the most part; check for wood. The majority of the river consists of rocky drops and small ledges. Most of these are in general straight forward in their lines. The major dangers on the Price are the possibilities of strainers, human debris (rebar), and some dams near the end of the run. The water can be gray or white from upstream runoff.
There is an initial rapid right below the putin, then some class II, with a scenic meander away from the road. After crossing under an underpass that puts you back along route 6 (although well below it), the pace picks up with fun drops that get busier as you go. The difficulty tends to increase in the next few miles, getting into the IV range. If its not scrapy-low then you will have a few miles of good rapids, until a rocky crux that can be pinny at lower water, especially on the right, often with wood. A big culvert is on the left a ways before the crux, although it can be missed, since there are a few miles that kinda look the same. There are not big eddies above the crux, so if you want to bank scout or portage, be sure you know where it is. To bank scout, around MP225 look for a turnout either upstream or downstream of the crux (MP 226), and walk a hundred yards to see it.
The bridge over the river at MP 227 is a good spot to takeout. There is a large turnout across the road for parking. About 1.5 miles below MP 227 there is a diversion drop that may have metal in it; worth looking at if you are going to run down there (I have not paddled down there).
IV< 550? < IV+
To scout, park in a turnout above or below, and walk over there and check for wood, find eddies upstream for boat scouting, and maybe some landmarks like the large culverts on the left to tell you when this rapid is approaching.
6.2 road miles. A popular takeout with lots of parking room on the south side of the road in an old turnout. Avoids a diversion drop that is said to have metal in it, down lower.
Appendix 16 covering wild and scenic rivers from the Record of Decision for the Price Resource Management Plan.
There is not a reliable gauge, although this forecast gauge can give some indication of the flow:
Minimum good is probably over 180.
There was some discussion about estimating the Price by using the Fish Creek gauge, plus the Scofield reservoir outflow.
https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html (Use Firefox, and select Scofield res)
A total of 250 by this method should be a good level for Price Canyon.
200 might be a good minimum.
Another suggestion is White River below Tabbyune Creek, plus the Scofield reservoir outflow, to estimate the Price Canyon flow.
Zoom in on this map, to see the relevance of this suggestion. It seems to give a lower cfs reading than the first method.
White River below Tabbyune Creek:
On June 1, 2014, only 20 was on the White River gauge, with 120 cfs outflow from Scofield Reservoir, and the Price looked runnable.
Permits are not required for this reach.
The best putin is from Emma Park Road, at approximately MP 222 on HWY 6. A good takeout is at a bridge near MP 227. There is a loop of old road across from this takeout that is good for parking.
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