Paddle Moab

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Moab is near the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in east-central Utah. The Green is a chief tributary of the Colorado, being born in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, mainly flows through Wyoming and Utah, with a 40 detour into northwestern Colorado.

John Wesley Powell boated the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869. The area of the lower Great Basin where the Green and Colorado Rivers flow, was one of the last great unknown regions in the West. Powell put-in at Green River, Wyoming, the ran both the Green and the Colorado Rivers down well into southwestern Utah. Today there is access to the lower Green starting below the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and flowing into the Colorado at the confluence in Canyonlands National Park.

Our brief guide includes the Colorado River from the Loma launch to Moab, and from Moab to the pull out on Lake Powell.

Green River Section

Green River (Utah) Flaming Gorge to Lodore (Colorado):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-II
Length: 46 miles
Put-in: Spilway Boat Launch
American Whitewater.org

Green River, Lodore to Echo Park:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: National Parks
Class of Rapids: II-IV
Length: 19 miles
Put-in: Lodore Ranger Station
American Whitewater.org

Green River (Colorado) at Echo Park to Split Mountain (Split Mountain Canyon):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: National Parks
Class of Rapids: II-IV
Length: 26 miles
Put-in: Echo Park Campground
American Whitewater.org

Green River (Utah), Ouray to Green River (town):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II-III
Length: 128 miles
Put-in:
American Whitewater.org

Green River (Town) to Colorado Confluence:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: Permit Required Overnight
Class of Rapids: I
Length: 120 miles
Put-in: Green River State Park
American Whitewater.org
 

Green River Near Greendale, Ut

  • Water Temp: 45.32 ° F
  • Flow: 2870 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 10.32 ft
USGS

 

Green River Near Jensen, Ut

  • Water Temp: 38.12 ° F
  • Flow: 3410 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 3.65 ft
USGS

 

Green River At Ouray, Ut

  • Flow: 3380 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 16.22 ft
USGS


 


Green River Section:

Colorado River Section:

 

Green River At Green River, Ut

  • Water Level: 7.05 ft
USGS

 

Green River At Mineral Bottom Nr Cynlnds Ntl Park

  • Flow: 4030 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 7.94 ft
USGS

Colorado River Section

Colorado River, Loma launch to Westwater launch (Ruby to Horsetheif):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass:
Class of Rapids:
Length:
Put-in:
American Whitewater.org

Westwater launch to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon):

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-IV
Length: 17 miles
Put-in: Westwater
American Whitewater.org

Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-III
Length: 47 miles
Put-in: Rose Ranch
American Whitewater.org

Confluence with Green River to Lake Powell:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-IV
Length: 112 miles
Put-in: Confluence of the GreenAmerican Whitewater.org

 
 
Ruby Horsetheif Canyon Permits:

This first 25 mile section of the river from the Loma Launch to Westwater Launch has available BLM Campsites along the river. Due to the limited availability of camping, permits from the BLM are required and must be reserved in advance. Due to the remoteness of this section of the river there are no take-outs and limited cell phone service.

Recreation.gov
 

Colorado River at Cisco, Ut

  • Water Temp: 34.7 ° F
  • Flow: 3890 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.79 ft
USGS

Bureau of Land Management
Grand Junction Field Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
River Permit Phone: (970) 244-3000