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Difficulty III-IV
Length 6 Miles
Gauge GREYS RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ALPINE WY
Flow Range 300 - 2999 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 431 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/20/2018 7:02 pm

River Description


June 2018: Greys River road is open:
https://buckrail.com/greys-now-fully-open-bypass-around-slide-is-ready/

May 4, 2018: The first 7 miles of Greys river road is open now. 

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/environmental/greys-river-landslide-closure-shrinks/article_7d3c7c3f-e336-53be-8686-4a53d85a637b.html

 

Rick Hill testified:
"Ran this 5/31/02, high brown water, 3.6 on guage at takeout. To get to take out, drive to town of Alpine. Drive up Grey's river road several miles to first bridge over river. There [was] a campground there [now its a day use area, with a new pit toilet and picnic tables]. That is the takeout. Proceed up road, scouting Snaggletooth on the way, for about 3 miles. You will see a road on your right going down to a bridge across the Greys; this is the put-in [great free camping on both sides of the river]. The run can be extended with additional class 3 by going farther upstream. In the stretch we ran there are 3 distinct rapids in increasing order of difficulty with the last being Snaggletooth (4+ at high water). Looks worse than it is. Some declined to run it based on its look, but those who did run it found it not as pushy as it looked, with plenty of time to make your moves. Reminiscent of the lower canyon of the Clearwater, ID.

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

Dave Duke sez: "Maybe my favorite river anywhere....must make this one for great play (an ender spot to rival any), great waves, and Snaggletooth, one of the funnest drops around no matter the level."

The local experts consider the Greys to be class V above 4 feet (~2700 cfs).

Greys River at 4.8' Last Night...Big Water! from Will Taggart on Vimeo.

Practicing filming and high water on the Greys River.

Rapid Descriptions

Squaw creek putin

Class - N/A Mile - 3.77
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A popular putin, with free primitive camping. Nearest bathroom is at the takeout of the run. This makes the run 2.3 miles to the bridge takeout, and Snaggletooth is 1.6 miles from this putin.

low water putin

Class - N/A Mile - 4.82
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At low September flows (330), this putin cuts off some bumpy flatwater gives you the best rapids including the rapid above Slalom, and Snaggletooth.

Slalom

Class - III Mile - 5.2
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The site of the fall Deb Martin slalom race. There is a turnout on the dirt road here, and several rather steep rocky ways to get to the river, which allow laps on the slalom course, or these could serve as the last putin/takeout above Snaggletooth.

Snaggletooth rapid

Class - IV Mile - 5.39
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Road scoutable, this gem is the highlight of the run. There are many lines, but a good first-time line is often to start right, then catch a right eddy before the river bends left. Catch your breath, then ferry behind a prominent rock, then ferry/eddy turn toward the largest rock in the rapid; negotiating the next hole on the right if possible, although left or a center-punch can work too.

Harder at higher water. A swim in higher water can put you downstream into the river left logs at the next right bend fairly quickly.

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David Garrity
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16 years ago

The gauge for this run is
USGS 13023000 GREYS RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ALPINE WY

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David Garrity
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16 years ago

The gauge for this run is
USGS 13023000 GREYS RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ALPINE WY

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David Garrity
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17 years ago

A good minimum level for this is about 500 cfs. Snaggletooth is fairly easy below 2000 cfs and gets big above 3000. There is a short gorge above the Little Greys confluence that is a lot of fun at higher levels.

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Rick Hill
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17 years ago

Ran this 5/31/02, high brown water, 3.6 on guage at takeout. To get to take out, drive to town of Alpine. Drive up Grey's river road several miles to first bridge over river. There is a campground there. That is the takeout. Procede up road, scouting Snaggletooth on the way for about 3 miles. You will see a road on your right going down to a bridge across the Greys, this is the put-in. Run can be extended with additional class 3 by going further upstream. In the stretch we ran there are 3 distinct rapids in increasing order of difficulty with the last being Snaggletooth (4+ at high water). Looks worse than it is. Some declined to run it based on it's look, but those who did run it found it not as pushy as it looked with plenty of time to make your moves. Remeniscent of the lower canyon of the Clearwater, ID.

Gage Descriptions

Take a look at the stick gauge as you paddle past it, near the takeout on river right. I've heard this can be run with minimal scraping as low as 300, if you know the line. 

Directions Description


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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

7/3/2017
Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  

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Protection for Snake River Headwaters Proposed

5/9/2007
Kevin Colburn

Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) introduced legislation to protect the streams of the Snake River headwaters in Wyoming as Wild and Scenic Rivers on May 9th, 2007. The introduction of the "Snake Headwaters Legacy Act" is a major milestone in the protection of rivers located in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding National Forests.
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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209906 06/20/18 Bill Hunt Grays river road is open
1209289 04/23/18 Bill Hunt added closure of Greys River road.
1192269 06/22/02 Steve Merrick n/a
1199035 12/11/10 Thomas O'Keefe copy edits
1201444 07/03/12 Bill Hunt
1202599 06/13/14 Bill Hunt
1203467 06/13/14 Bill Hunt
1207459 04/14/17 Rob embed video
1203468 06/13/14 Bill Hunt formatting
1209297 04/25/18 Bill Hunt added bold text
1209582 05/15/18 Bill Hunt Greys River road is open now