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Old 05-16-2012   #1
 
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green river a, b and c

Any good advice on car camping next to the river on these sections.?

Going fishing this weekend and would rather not load up boats with overnight gear.
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Old 05-16-2012   #2
 
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There is no car camping next to the river in any of those sections. There is no river camping allowed at all in section A. River camps in section B & C can be accessed only by boat or on foot by the river trail. Some of the river camps in section B can be reserved on rec.gov, but the rest are first come first serve. There are a lot of campgrounds in the area around Flaming Gorge and the dam. Not sure which ones are currently open. I would check on rec.gov to see what campgrounds are open. You can also check with Trout Creek Outfitters in Dutch John for info. Sorry, but if you want to camp on the river, you will have to load up the boat, plus bring a groover I think.
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Old 05-16-2012   #3
 
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Nothing that I know of that is really close to the river. There are lots near Flaming Gorge Reservior around the A section, but all will requie reservations. Dripping Springs has a trail that will get you down to the river but it's at least a 30 minute hike.

Area Green River Campgrounds near Dutch John, Utah

Flaming Gorge Lodge lodge used to allow tent camping, at least a few years back they did. They are just few minute from the river by car, and they do a shuttle service.
Flaming Gorge Resort - Flaming Gorge RV & Trailer Summary
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Just checked rec.gov and it looks like all the campgrounds are open. Deer Run & Mustang Ridge are nice, and not too far from the dam. Dripping Springs in on the road between Dutch John and Little Hole, so it's the closest, but not real scenic since it's in the area that burned few a few years back. Get there early to get a spot in the campgrounds, they fill fast.
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Just a heads up if you have never been to the A section boat ramp. This is a very busy ramp used by a lot of pro guides in drift boats. There is no parking down by the ramp and not much room to manuever. They want you in and out in 2-3 minutes or less, seriously. The guides can put a boat in the water and be off the ramp in under 90 seconds.

No rigging or gear packing down at the ramp, do all your stuff at the upper parking lot and be ready to launch ASAP. If you need more time to launch for a multi-day try to be on the ramp a little later in the day. By 10:00 AM the ramp is empty and you can take your time.

The pro's don't take kindly to noobs that use up up too much time or space during the morning rush. There is usually a ranger directing traffic at the peak times. I learned the hard way....
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Old 05-16-2012   #6
 
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Just a heads up if you have never been to the A section boat ramp. This is a very busy ramp used by a lot of pro guides in drift boats. There is no parking down by the ramp and not much room to manuever. They want you in and out in 2-3 minutes or less, seriously. The guides can put a boat in the water and be off the ramp in under 90 seconds.

No rigging or gear packing down at the ramp, do all your stuff at the upper parking lot and be ready to launch ASAP. If you need more time to launch for a multi-day try to be on the ramp a little later in the day. By 10:00 AM the ramp is empty and you can take your time.

The pro's don't take kindly to noobs that use up up too much time or space during the morning rush. There is usually a ranger directing traffic at the peak times. I learned the hard way....
+1 on that. Kind of like the ramps at Alpine Canyon....only about 1/3 the space. Also don't forget to get a recreation/parking pass. And be really careful not to speed on the road to Little Hole while running your shuttle. We got busted there once, and have seen lots of folks pulled over.
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I've never been there, but heard lots of people getting popped for smoking. If you smoke be very discreet.
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Old 05-16-2012   #8
 
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I was there a few years back and remember dripping springs has no shade at all. No trees left after the fire. I found a nice site around the far side of the lake from the road to little hole. Not too far away. I also noticed some free camping after I paid for my site. It was on blm or national forest land or something like that on the opposite side of the road from the lake.
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Old 05-16-2012   #9
 
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Island Campground

Last year we did two day trips and camped in between at Island campground at the upper end of Browns Park, and near the Jarvie Ranch historic site. Its a left off the main road before you head up a steep hill towards Dutch John.
First day we put in at A below the dam (huge release coming out of the dam outlet!!) and floated to the bridge at the campground. Water was so high we couldnt go under the bridge, so we did a trailer portage to the other side, right next to the campsites, and left boats for the next day run down to Swallow Canyon and the takeout right below.
I think its a BLM campground, nice sites along the river too. There were also a couple casual sites just off the road and on the river to the east of there back towards Browns Park, that looked doable to stop and tie off.
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Brochure

I just found the brochure that shows the campsite called Indian Crossing. I think its on an island...
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medial...0for%20web.pdf
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