The San Rafael Swell topographic map (712) published as part of
National Geographic's Trails
Illustrated series is an excellent map of the region.
Check out the Buckhorn Wash pictograph panel on the shuttle.
This run can be done down to 100 CSF. We did it around 150. On the river there were people in cheap lake kayaks, inner tubes, 14 ft rats, paddle boards and basically anything that floats. Our time was done in duckies. Faster than most but slower than the pack rafters. We did not do a lot of hiking and only stopped for a short lunch. If you decide to go at these water levels start early or go overnight as it does not move very fast. There were no logs or obstacles to impede flow. It gets cold quickly in the desert and once the sun goes behind the mountain it get cool fast. The high was 66 but when we got off the river at 650 pm it was in the high 40's and everyone was very cold.
there is a river wide log that is 2 feet around about 15 minutes from put in at fullers bottom. Water hits even with the top of the log at 1000 cfs as of yesterday 6/5/2017.
I alerted the ranger. We had someone get snagged on the log going over and had to be rescued. I had to drag over my 13 foot raft and inflatable sabertooth cataraft. The raft almost flipped.
Sliding sideways into the log resulted in flips of duckies and hard shells of following groups. This log was not there on 6/4/2017.
Be careful at water levels less than 1000
Appendix 16 covering wild and scenic rivers from the Record of Decision for the Price Resource Management Plan.
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San Rafael R. floating
Floating San Rafael R.
San Rafael R. evening
on San Rafael @01. Fuller Bottom to San Rafael Campground (Little Grand Canyon
Entering Little Grand Canyon
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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.
Green River, UT - With flows of over 350cfs, Utah's San Rafael River is drawing lots of visitation this week from paddlers. If you have paddled the San Rafael - please take a minute to help us identify how flows affect paddling opportunities by participating in a quick on-line survey.
The Bureau of Land Management is considering the potential for oil shale and tar sands development on 2,431,000 acres of public land in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. This development could threaten the quality of paddling experiences including the multi-day desert floats on Desolation and Grays Canyons of the Green as well as the adventure available for kayaks and packrafts to explore the San Rafael, Muddy and Escalante. American Whitewater partnered with our colleagues in the Outdoor Alliance to highlight the value of these areas for outdoor recreation.
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