Green - 02. Lodore to Echo Park

Green, Colorado, US/Utah, US


02. Lodore to Echo Park (Gates of Lodore)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 19 Miles
Avg. Gradient 13 fpm

Lodore Canyon

Lodore Canyon
Photo of Dan Rauer by Kent Perillo taken 07/12/07

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09234500 1100 - 20000 cfs II-IV 00h58m 1470 cfs (running)
Acceptable flow range (based on 2012 Yampa-White Basin WFET Report).

River Description

The Green River is dam controlled and, flow permitting, this beautiful high desert run can coincide nicely with good fishing and jaw-dropping scenes.

While it is only 19 miles to the confluence with the Yampa River at Echo Park, the usual take out at Split Mountain is another 25 miles downstream.  See Green: Echo Park to Split Mountain. The total distance from Lodore to Split Mountain is about 45 miles.

Sitting in the tailwaters of Flaming Gorge Dam, this muddy and sandy bottomed section of river is home to some canyon wren, elk, deer and beaver.

The permit and camping is small scale with +/- 300 permits awarded annually.
The canyon is fragile. The rapids are fun.

Grand sandstone arching walls make the Gates of Lodore a real Western treat. 

Hells Half Mile Rapid is a fun rock garden for kayakers.

The Hatch and Belknap families really helped put the Green River on the map and made this section famous with their trips and great guiding service. There are secrets in many places that may be found along with the remnants of the dinosaurs.

Permit Information

Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Jan 31.

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Hells Half MileN/APlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

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May 29 2018 (236 days ago)
nprete (157563)
GREAT TRIP, put this on your bucket list. Ran this about 1800, March/18, good to go! Did it in 4
days but wish we would have taken 5. Getting the offseason permit was easy, but be prepared for all
4 seasons. Rainy, cold, hot and snowy! Our last day we woke up to around 3 inches of snow on our
boat. Purchase yourself a guide book, but at 1800 almost everything was read and run except Hells
Half Mile. At 1800 the move at HHM in an oar rig was start center left, then go left or right
around Lucifer rock in the middle of the current. I went right, but had to avoid a guard rock at
the top, making the move a little tricky. Luckily, all the rapids at this level were pretty mellow.
Not pushy, and not too bony. For shuttle, River Runners requires a 3 car minimum and in the low
season, we were the only trip going so they couldn't shuttle our car. We ended up dropping a bike
at the take out, biking to Vernal, Utah and then renting a car at the airport to set shuttle.
Definitely a little hairy but doable. video of the trip -
July 7 2007 (4215 days ago)
April LewandowskiDetails
The Gates of Lodore is an amazing western run, with scenery that rivals the Grand Canyon and rapids
that are a little more eastern in nature (much like the Nolichucky). We ran this section at the end
of June and the found the water levels to be around 845cfs. At this level, many of the rapids were
technical (Middle Disaster Falls) though not horribly difficult in our oar rigs. Duckies and kayaks
found it to be a very fun level. The pictures show several of the rapids (although they're not in
the right order). The most notable rapid was Hell's Half Mile. We used the Rivermaps Dinosaur
National Monument guide. It's much more detailed than the Belknap's guide, giving you more topo
information. Make sure you read the permit info carefully as the ranger at the put-in was a
stickler. He even asked to see the groover, the first aid kit, the repair kit, the firepan (collect
your firewood before heading downstream), and all the extra PFDs and paddles. River Runner's
Transport in Vernal, UT, ran our shuttle and did a great job. They even hooked us up with a few
pieces of river beta before setting out downstream (info on rapids and hikes). This is an amazing
stretch of river; unfortunately only about 300 permits are given each year.