Green, Colorado, US/Utah, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||13 fpm|
|GREEN RIVER NEAR GREENDALE, UT|
|usgs-09234500||300 - 5000 cfs||II-IV||01h14m||4820 cfs (running)|
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 one or two dinosaurs.
Permits required year around. Lottery for high-use season second weeked in May to second weekend in September with applications due Jan 31.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Hells Half Mile||N/A|