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Desolation/Gray Canyons Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Green River

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Desolation/Gray Canyons Info
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Put In:  Sand Wash Beach
Take Out:  Swasey's Beach
Difficulty:  Class II +
Gradient:  6 ft/mi
Run Length:  84 miles
Current Streamflow:  1920 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:30 AM - GREEN RIVER NEAR JENSEN, UT, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  National Weather Service; 801-539-1311
Good Level:  1,000 to 20,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Primary Season: 

Usually peaks end of May to early June

Permit:  Required year-round. Contact the BLM Pierce Field Office: 435-636-3622 or www.blm.gov/utah/price/riverinf.htm or check the AllAboutRivers Permit Information.
Character/Similar To:  A supreme float with a sprinkling of Class II rapids and riffles through extremely scenic desert canyons.
Hazards:  isolation
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed BLM and Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservations
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Several beaches provide good campsites, especially in Desolation Canyon.
Location:  In the Canyon Country (UT), 184 miles Southeast of Salt Lake City
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From Vernal, Utah, head some 90 miles southwest to the town of Myton. Just west of Myton, turn south off US 40 on the first paved road and follow the signs to Sand Wash Boat Ramp.

Take-out: Return to US 40 and head west to Duschene and south on US 50 to Green River, Utah. Turn left onto Hastings Road, just past the bridge over the Green River, and drive upstream about 10 miles to the take-out.

Towns near Desolation/Gray Canyons Kayaking

Green River Utah
Moab Utah
Park City Utah
Price Utah
Vernal Utah

Other Resources

Canyon Country Kayak Clubs
  • U of Utah Outdoor Recreation Program
  • Utah Whitewater Club
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Glen Canyon Institute
  • Virgin River Runners' Coalition