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Old 05-19-2010   #1
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Any beta on the White River below Bonanza?

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of the section of the White from Bonanza to Enron in Utah? I am thinking it could be a good float for Memorial Day with the family. My other option is Duffy Canyon which is certainly closer but might not be as scenic. Any info that you might have would be great.


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Thanks for the link. That really helps. Any first hand insight into the trip? Our plan would be to camp in Rangely Friday night and be on the river Sat-Mon with an early takeout on Monday so we can get back to town before it is too late. Is that a reasonable agenda given that the river is at 2500-3000cfs?

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Old 05-20-2010   #4
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Bonanza down

We did the White River as an early season float last year. I can't find it in my log, but I believe it was running a little above 3,000. The water actually moves pretty good at this level. We ran shuttle before we put on the first day (takes longer than you think) and still covered about 20 miles with plenty of time for a cold one. Camped a couple miles above Atchee Wash (sp?). By the time we started looking for campsites on the second day there were no cottonwoods to be found and the left side of the river had tons of sheep, with an equal amount of sheepshit, and some not so friendly looking sheep dogs. We actually ended up taking out the second day and camping at the BLM campground at Enron--not a soul to be seen. Might be different on Memorial day. So if you want to make a three day, two night trip, camp early on the second day because the pickins are slim on the right and you'll have to deal with sheep on the left. Sheep might be in a different pasture, but it seemed to be a common complaint in the takeout log.


Oh yeah, there is a campground right in the middle of Rangely in a large cottonwood grove. You can walk to bar in about 5 minutes, probably less...if that's your thing.
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