Spectacular scenery, great camping. Half of the trip will be through Canyonlands National Park so a backcountry river permit is needed in addition to hiring the shuttle. We are using Tex's Riverways to drop us off and run us back to Moab on their jet boat. We will paddle approximately 20 miles a day, but this will depend on where camping is available, weather conditions and the flow. Be prepared for possible long days. Early starts in the morning due to possible high winds. Be prepared for hot sun, wind, and thunderstorms. Plan on carrying enough drinking water for the entire trip as the silty water will clog filters. You will need either an approved toilet system or you can rent a toilet from Tex for $50.00.
If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible for additional information. The week we selected is one of the most popular and fills up quickly. Note - this is not an RMCC trip.
Minimum length restrictions may apply; 15' for solo boats, 17' for tandem boats. We have found that shorter boats are not as efficient and may not be able to keep up. Kayaks are welcome on all our trips. Paddlers must be self-sufficient on all trips. We generally paddle 15 - 20 miles per day on overnight trips. Due to possible wind, we are on the water early. In order to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors and the night sky, we generally do not have campfires. Pets are not allowed on our trips. A BLM approved waste system may be required. Permit and shuttle costs are shared between all paddlers unless reservations are made separately.
Some states require an invasive species inspection and/or sticker. A backcountry permit may also be required. Please be sure to obtain any necessary permits prior to launching. Information for each state, river, park, etc. can be found online.
July 16 - 21 - Upper Willamette River, Oregon - approximately 100 miles, Class I
Trip Schedule for 2019
The We have not paddled this river so it will be an exploratory trip. This looks like a very scenic river with good camping. We will be bringing a small dog.
We will put in at Harkins Lake (river mile 153 near Harrisburg) Tuesday morning and take out at Rogers Landing (river mile 51.75 near Newborn) on Sunday. We are planning on hiring a shuttle service. They have secure storage and will have the vehicles at the takeout. The cost is $150 per vehicle. Please let us know if you are coming by 6/30 as we need to reserve the shuttle.
An Oregon AIS tag is required and can be purchased at oregon.gov under Title & Registration. You will need to create an account. The pass is $10 for two years. Additional information and guidebooks can be found at www.willamettewatertrail.org.
June 22 - 23 - N. Platte River, Saratoga, Wyoming to I-80 - 48 Miles, Class I. Cancelled due to adverse weather forecast and high water. We will try again later in the season
Escalante to Westwater, one night. We will camp downriver of Escalante Canyon; Saturday will be a long day. Length restrictions apply; no more than two people per canoe. BLM approved toilet system required. Early start Sunday morning due to possible high winds. We will run our own shuttle if there are two or more vehicles or hire a shuttle if not. All paddlers will share in the shuttle cost.
October 5 - 6, 2019 - Gunnison River - Escalante to Whitewater - 28 miles, Class I+
Scenic stretch of the river, crosses the Oregon Trail. There is one rapid the second day that can be portaged. Early start due to possible Wyoming winds. You must purchase a Wyoming Invasive Species sticker and be prepared to stop at all inspection stations.
September 15 - 21 - Green River, UT - Crystal Geyser to Spanish Bottom - 120 miles - Class I