Ever wonder "how much further" or I wonder if I can make this campsite before dark? I know I do.... I couldn't find any coordinates on the net, so when I did this river over the weekend I decided to bring the ole GPS along for some techno fun. Everyone knows where the boat launch is so I left it off. These are in order as you float down the river. I've left off each Cottonwood site except for #1, you have to count the rest from there....if you can't find the other Cottonwood sites after that.....you shouldn't be on the river.. ha ha!
GOOGLE EARTH USERS: If you want to go see the sites from the sky and just check the river out from satellite imagery, make sure you use the right format I used for the coordinates. Here is how to make sure you have the right settings. Go to Google Earth>Preferences>3D View tab; below you will see "Show Lat/Long", pick the first option on top "Decimal Degrees". Your done.
GARMIN GPS USERS: Go to Main Menu>Set Up>Units; Under position format select "hddd.ddddd". This should also automatically change your Map Datum to "WGS 84". Exit out your done and ready to hit the river.
1. Rattlesnake (8 person) 3 miles. Very small. Plus, your not even launched and paddled 4 times and your at this site!!
2. Bull Canyon (Large) 3.3 miles. A big group could have a lot of privacy from each other here, with tons of shade and its your own little dead end canyon. My favorite!
3. Cottonwood Site(s) (multiple large) 5.9 miles. Large areas for many tents, medium shade from the Cottonwoods.
4. Saltcreek Site (10 ppl) 8 miles. I stayed here my first trip and I liked it but cant put my finger on why. I do know this is the last campsite the train doesn't pass in the middle of the nice which is nice!
5. Fault Line Site (Large party) Approx 10 miles. This site can be tough to get in and out of due to shallow water 25-40 ft from shore. You might have to drag your boat across some shallow areas. But beautiful site.
6. Mee Corner (All somewhat large) Approx. 13.7 miles. Another beautiful area. Next time I run Westwater I think we are going to stop for the night.
Mee Corner Site:
Mee #1 Site:
Mee #2 Site:
Mee #3 Site:
Mee #4 Site:
Mee Canyon Site: Seems to be the Creme de la Creme of Mee campsites! If your going to be camping a couple of days with friends and family, this seems like the place to go with some nice hikes into the canyon!!
Black Rock Campsites: 15.9-16.8 mile marker. Most popular and first to go of all campsites. Seems this is the place to go for THE party. Some small and some large. Sorry I started with site #4 and up.
Black Rock site #4:
Black Rock site #5: a FAVORITE. Large site with little shade but pretty cool area.
Black Rock site #6: another FAVORITE. Larg site
Black Rock site #7:
Black Rock site #8: If you have kids, this is the one you want for exploring the little rooms and naturally occurring jungle jim for climbing. Has a few good trees, which help block the wind and is my favorite of the Black Rock sites. Not alot of beach, but place to land you boat with nice eddy to play in.
Black Rock Site #9: Another all time favorite of many and usually the first site to get taken. Tons of beach for the kids or laying out. Nice eddy for the kids to carefully swim in. This site will fit large groups but in close proximity of each other.
Knowles Canyon: Sorry missed the site and didn't get a GPS reading. It is however at mile marker 18.
State Line Campsite (Sorry don't know the appropriate name): Fair size site. Mile marker 20.4. If you look to your right you will see painted on the wall (gruff
Eagles nest river left in Cottonwood tree. Many Eagles in this area, we counted 6 in this general area. Many times right overhead!!
Westwater Rangers Station:
Now, some of you will find this completely useless because you are river Gods and Goddess' but its my hopes 1st timers will find the information useful. I am no expert in this canyon(s) and have only done it 3 times and each time I learn something new, like Bull Canyon is truly a remarkable place and quickly becoming my favorite site. The only fault is that its so far up river for those traveling with next day Westwater permits.
Hope you guys enjoy, be safe out there.