I paddled, starting midway down this run to the reservation boundary at 1,800 cfs in June of 2019. The reservation land begins at the large public fishing ponds along the river. The first couple miles below the dam was solid class V with wood at this level, so I opted to put in at the bottom of that. It was sustained class III water features with class IV risk and maneuvering skills required because of braided channels and fallen trees. Normally this stretch is mostly dewatered to pump water to the Wasatch Front. There is a good tributary that adds water just below the dam. This year was a stellar runoff year and Stillwater Dam was releasing about 200 cfs into the late summer.
The USGS gauge is located much further downstream, and not reflective of the flow found on the run.
Essentially, the flow found in the river is the release (and or spill) from Upper Still Water dam,
and the contribution from the South Fork of Rock Creek. One can get the observed flows from the
Water Conservation District Site or a more complete picture of what's going on in the basin
from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Flows should be above 300 cfs. The river becomes much faster above 800 cfs, and the two bigger drops pack a bigger punch.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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American Whitewater staff traveled to Green River, UT in late March to meet with private water users and state agencies, and to participate in the official opening of the new boat passage through the Green River Diversion (Tusher Dam). Completion of the boat passage has freed the Green River from its last in-stream obstruction between the Flaming Gorge Dam and the confluence with the Colorado River – over 400 floatable river miles through iconic canyons and historic landmarks. It has a been a long process, and our work isn’t over yet! As your boating representative, American Whitewater will continue to work closely with the dam operators and Utah’s Division of State Lands (FFSL) to ensure that the boat passage meets the needs of the public during its inaugural year.
The US Forest Service is conducting a statewide suitability study to determine which of the outstanding rivers in Utah’s National Forests should be protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Forest Service is recommending that 24 of the 86 rivers that have been identified as eligible for designation should be formally recommended for Wild and Scenicdesignation. Let them know what you think by February 15th.
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