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Old 08-15-2014   #1
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Green river, flaming gorge to swallow canyon

thinking of doing this trip mid sept. 4 to 6 day range. never done this section so any advice would be greatly appreciated. good places to camp, lay over, hikes, ect. will have a bunch of little ones along. thanks

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Old 08-15-2014   #2
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Green River Sections B & C Camping Suggestions

good info at this link (with map of unreservable camping area)

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Old 08-15-2014   #3
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Depending on the size of your group you might want to think about sites that are next to each other like Pine I and II (I think thatís one.). And some are a lot bigger than others like Red creek rapids. Some of them only have a couple tent pads. Also, some of the camps have toilets so thatís one less thing to setup. I know cottonwood does and a few others. Of course if you camp at the boat ramp campgrounds they do. We had a lot of trouble in C section looking for camps that had been overrun by tammys. It wasnít too fun for us down there but there were a lot of bugs! You shouldnít have any issue by then.

I think taking out at Swallow Canyon is good, I donít think you miss much doing the section from there to Swinging. Swallow canyon can be a really fun place for the kids to play in the water, by then itís not super cold anymore and itís just a long flatwater stretch with lots of gravel bottom shallows. Best thing to do is pick their brains at Trout Creek when you setup the shuttle and get the full lowdown.
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Old 08-20-2014   #4
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Just ran it back in July

We just ran it back in July. I would recommend getting cats paw and cottonwood. It is a quick walk to a pit toilet, which is better than setting up your own. Cottonwood has a nice pool for the kids to swim in if warm enough.

John Jarvie was an interesting stop for a taste of life in the old days.

The campsites on the map in C were very hard to find. Most were invisible from the river. The ones near taylor flat were pretty crappy. There is a campsite right after little swallow canyon called Lone Tree. That would by my recommendation if I was going to run Swallow. It was a little bit of a walk from the water, but one of the nicer sites with shade.

If you are going all the way to swallow canyon, I'd think about going through Swallow. It is a pretty float and you can take out right after the canyon instead of going to swinging bridge.
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Old 08-20-2014   #5
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Don't think you can go to swinging bridge anymore..didn't they make browns park a wildlife refuge? (PS..the first 8 miles is day section, but below little hole, (red canyon and swallow canyon) you can camp...I did a 2 boat late season duckie trip...lovely section...there's many camps for small group, with fire pans fresh cut stacked wood, raked tent sites, picnic tables, and a mint on your pillow in the morning! I didn't know the names of anywhere we camped...the trout will drive you many, i snagged on with my lure in the back~!
Call the blm in vernal or usfsin dutch john. don't know if they leaves the mints in sept.
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I floated to swinging bridge three weeks ago. You can float and camp in the refuge, what you can't do is float into Dino without a Lodore permit.
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I floated to swinging bridge three weeks ago. You can float and camp in the refuge, what you can't do is float into Dino without a Lodore permit.
You don't need a Lodore permit to take out at the Lodore ramp, but you do have to get a free "play permit" or they'll ticket you.
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Old 08-21-2014   #8
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Wow I've never heard that. I thought the play permits were just for the split mountain section, but you're right, right there on the website. Thanks for the correction.
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The ticket cost me $150.
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ouch, I would never pay it.

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