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Difficulty II
Length 14 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 30.9 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/21/2020 3:08 am

River Description

The listed put-in is actually on the North Fork, but just downstream lies the confluence with the East Fork, and together they become the Virgin River. (A portage around the Rockville Diversion just upstream of this confluence is highly recommended.) Downstream, the river meanders through easy riffles in a broad, flat valley, crossing Highway 9 in several places.

Be aware that the run may require considerably more caution than the class II rating implies, as you will no doubt encounter numerous debris piles, many fences (barbed wire, wire-mesh, and occasional electric fencing), several diversion structures, and at least one hazardously low bridge. Downstream of the town of Virgin, the river runs through a slot in a limestone ledge, signalling the start of a limestone canyon.

A dirt road on river-left (south bank of the river) offers a number of possible take-outs. Be certain of your take-out, as there is no access at the Quail Creek Diversion dam (the road is gated and locked), and the river downstream is Class VI.

Virgin River Runners Coalition web site includes detailed descriptions of the different sections. Also see National Park Service - Zion

Rapid Descriptions


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Susan Hollingsworth Elliott
3 years ago

The Virgin River Runners Coalition website is actually (not .org - that is some Japanese site).

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is immediately upstream of put-in, so will very accurately reflect flow in this reach.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Help Evaluate Flows in the Virgin River and Zion National Park - UT

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Utah - American Whitewater is asking paddlers to report flows that support whitewater boating opportunities for the main stem and tributaries of the Virgin River in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona. Help decide the future management of the Virgin River by participating in our online flow-evaluation.

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Comments needed on Virgin River Wild & Scenic Management Plan

Nathan Fey

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Between now and December 6th, we need your input!



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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1207979 07/09/17 Kestrel Kunz
1215592 07/21/20 Axel Hovorka updated description
1194305 05/10/05 n/a n/a