At 500 cfs we ran the price from 4 miles in from woodside. There is a faint road just before a cattle guard that has a great put in spot. If you drive further up your going to miss some fun splashy rapids. It took us, to Swasey's take out, 8 and a half hours. We ran the Price in 6 and half hours with a stop for lunch and to scout the two biggest rapids. We averaged around four miles an hour on the slow parts at the start and the last half it picks up and we averaged six to 8. But we were in 2 sabertooths by aire and one culebra by Jacks plastic so not as fast as a kayak.
The river is really a 3 plus at this level. The two main rapids are both run to the far left and not as scary as they sound and I am not sure I would give them a four as the guidebooks say. However, there is a lot of wood in the river that you are constantly moving around all day long. But as of this posting nothing blocking the channel. That being said it might be worth scouting Long Canyon Rapid and Little Big Drop just to see if there is any wood in the main channels since you are a long ways from help and both are a tight squeeze.
I posted some photos of little big drop as there is a giant cottonwood tree on river right that you see coming around a bend. Once you see the tree get out on the left. If the drop scares you the portage is only 30 or 40 yards.
This was honestly one of the best runs I have ever done, fun, splashy and scenic. This should be a Utah Classic if it ran more often.
Ran from launch point 5.5 miles down stream of woodside to swasy's at 450-550 cfs on 4/20-22/19. We had one 9' and one 10.5' boat set up to row. Great trip!A few things of note.
There was plenty of water at this level for our boats. Though larger boats will have challenges with the narrow channel.
This is a very active section with near continuous class II to II+. Definitely not a beer drinking river. Also there are basically no eddys. We started calling it the raging ditch.
There is a rapid where long canyon dumps (about 17 mi from woodside) in that is worth taking a look at. Scout on the right. I would say class IV at the level we saw it. Is it long and steep with a lot of logs and some necessary moves.
The "Little Big Drop" Rapid is about 2 miles upstream of the confluence with the Green River. It is preceded by a fun Class III rapid with a bunch of large boulders you will need to navigate around. After this the river makes a sharp turn to the left. A large boulder on river right with what looks like an entire cottonwood tree warped on it marks the entrance. Be ready to stop remember that eddys here are small and hard to hit. Scout on river left. The only run is a narrow shoot on the left. It can also be portaged on the left as well. Good luck and have fun!
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We ran this at a level around 795 CFS. Very fun overnight duckie trip, or a LONG day trip. The little big drop had quite a bit of wood reaching from river right to river center. Most of our group portaged, one ran the small squeeze on river left. Scout and portage are river left Very active, very fun trip. Most rocks were covered at this level.
Appendix 16 covering wild and scenic rivers from the Record of Decision for the Price Resource Management Plan.
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Price @03. Woodside (US 6 Bridge) to confluence with Green River