Green River below Flaming Gorge - Mountain Buzz

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Old 02-25-2010   #1
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Green River below Flaming Gorge

Has anyone done this section and have anything good or bad to say about it? I know that it is an easy float through section A, but how are sections B and C? I hear the fishing is good and camping is pretty good too. Any other suggestions or coimments??


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The float below FGD is a nice river trip with some very nice improved camp sites in the B-section. The A-section is VERY crowded during the summer, many people fishing and many day floaters who rent a raft for the day and bump down the river for thier first time. Very good scenery through the A & B sections(I have not made it down the C-section yet). Red creek rapid is in the B sec. and is pretty easy to scout and just as easy to run on the left side or hit the slot on the right side and stay off the wall.
They have been running the flows from 1000cfs at night and up to about 2700 during the day. These levels cover up a lot of the rocks in the A sec. that I usally run onto while I am gaulking at the scenery. I don't know how long that they will continue with thier regulation of these flows, it was reported that they would change the flows last fall, but have kept the same trend all winter. I live about 77 miles from the dam and like to float it as often as possible. Any way my 2 cents worth.
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Old 02-25-2010   #3
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A & B are scenic. C is a desert float. A much more so. Some big fish in B and C, but much lower numbers than in A. Good camping in assigned camps. Fishing is noticably slower when they turn the water up. Run off can fowl the bottom 2/3's of b and all of C slowing the fishing.

Lots of wildlife and a beautiful river. More a fishermans place than a rubber pushers place in general.
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Old 02-25-2010   #4
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The scenery is beautiful, and the fishing is good for fly fisherman- I've taken regular fishermen and they haven't caught anything.

There is no camping in the A section, but several nice sites with hiking potential in the B section. The C section is a long, slow float with numerous sandbars.
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Old 02-25-2010   #5
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Flaming Gorge below Arch Dam.

These runs were my first many, many years ago. It was where I learned. The section between the put-in and Little Hole is, as the above poster commented, very crowed with the tubers, raft rentals, and fishermen. But is a very scenic with one obvious drop - Five Foot. From Little Hole to Red Creek is short but the only significant drop of the entire run. At low water, the right slot is obvious. At higher, the left side is doable. From there on down to Rainbow Bridge, is flat but also scenic. Have fun. I am sure you will. Oh, if you are into fishing, don't forget to bring your gear and make sure you get a license. Forest Service constantly patrols this run and will pull you over at the least inclination. I know, I worked for them for two summers when I lived in Rock Springs.
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Old 02-26-2010   #6
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The first 500 miles are pretty sweet. After that it gets kind of flat for a while...
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Old 02-26-2010   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Randaddy, I will make sure to watch out after the first 500 miles; maybe i'll cut the trip short and get off the river at mile 450!

I wish i could float that long of a stretch, but probably not this time!
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Old 09-27-2010   #8
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Looking at doing this. How many miles total is A, B and C. Any shuttle services this time of year? How long is the shuttle?

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Old 09-27-2010   #9
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Roughly 30 miles from the dam to Brown's park. Section A - 7 miles, Section B - 9 miles, Section C - 12 miles. Trout Creek Fly shop in Dutch John does shuttles. Dam to Browns Park is $95. 435-885-3355. I've done Section A many times, but doing Sections B & C are on my list of things to do someday. You can reserve the campsites in Section B online at
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If combining Flaming and Gates of Lodore - 8 days typically, use River Runners as they are by far the best price I've found. I really think it's cool to see what Powell saw and the reason Gates of Lodore got it's name. The river is meandering thru Brown's Park - the Park continues, but the rio takes an unexpected right turn thru the cliff walls - the Gates. Driving into Gates does not give you the same appreciation. If taking out at the last take out before Gates...I've seen better take-outs. It's also the last camp before Gates - I've seen better (and worse) camps. You cannot float to the Gates put-in the evening before the launch date, and you need a free "play permit" from the dinosaur folks to float in the day of the launch, and you msut be on a trip launching - no takeing out at Gates. Kind of f'd up, I agree. It's worth doing, for sure, if you are into river history, lazy floats, longer trips, and have good luck at avoiding heinous upstream winds. You likly won't see any other boats once you pass the C section take-out. It's open, bottom land type floating, but it's a wild life refuge, so birds, otters, beaver, and I saw a moose once. contact me off line for advice on camping after the B section...there is one choice spot.
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