Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-29-2008   #1
psych teacher, raft guide, slacker
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 46
Send a message via MSN to yoder
recommended camsites in cataract canyon

Howdy all-

I'm getting ready to fill out a permit for cataract canyon for this year.
Never been... I was hoping to get some advice on what campsites to request.

would appreciate any feedback...


yoder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2008   #2
Durango, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 154
You don't have to request campsites for Cat. All you have to fill in for that permit is your launch date, and location and takeout date. Once you're on the river, at the big Danger sign above Spanish Bottom, there is a register, and you register for camps there. Hopefully everyone looks at the register though and doesn't take someone else's camp/actually signs up for a camp.

CanyonEJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2008   #3
Randaddy's Avatar
Eastern Slope, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,403
The huge beach at Brown Betty is sweet!
Randaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2008   #4
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 428
If there are kayakers and flows are around 8000 the wave at number 10 is amazing. (good beach to camp on as well.)
paulk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2008   #5
Salt Lake City, Utah
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 148
Brown Betty is my favorite river campsite so far. Beautiful beach, nice rapid to listen to, and an easy walk over to Spanish Bottom to hike the Dolls House.
atg200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009   #6
skibuminwyo's Avatar
the zoo, Montucky
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 137
Rapid 10 is a good place to camp. If you are gonna do the flatwater up high in two days, there are numerous good beaches to camp at. Spanish Bottom is also a really good campsite. I'm not sure how good it is since it burned down, but it is a great place to stage for an early morning run up to the Dollhouse, quite possibly the coolest hike on the river. After that, it is customary in the circles I have been with to camp above Big Drop One, so you can get psyched out for the Big 3. Good beach on river left. When I went down the last time with Count, there were 29 rapids I believe. After you get out of them, there are good camps for a few miles, until you get into the hell of Lake Foul. Just try to find a spot before you get too deep into the silt deposit, or you will play hell getting up the bank. Right below rapid 29 on the right is a decent beach. Hope this helps.
"What once was a river. Now a ghost." Edward Abbey
My Adventures
skibuminwyo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009   #7
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 332
All of the mentioned are good camps. A few more to add to the list are
Lathrop Canyon
Indian Creek
Boulder Ledges
#5 Right.
#10 Right i.e. Lower X and Y Canyon
(for the surf with flows below 8K)
Ten Cent
Lower Ten Cent
Clear Water Canyon is worth a look and a nice walk up the canyon.

Happy Boating
oarboatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009   #8
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 103
Just watch out for snakes! In Sept. we were heading towards Lake Powell and a group behind us sent a raft ahead with three people taking turns on the oars. They sped out in front and snaked the last camp spot right in front of us. It ended up working out, but sure pissed us off! They even knew a member of our group. I like the rule on the Dolores that you don't have a camp spot until your WHOLE group has arrived. Seems to be a matter of courtesy also.

poudreraft is offline   Reply With Quote

campsites, cataract, cataract canyon, rafting

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cataract Canyon flip me over Whitewater Kayaking 7 06-30-2008 08:08 AM
Cataract Canyon Antoria Whitewater Kayaking 7 06-07-2008 01:41 PM
Cataract Canyon flows poudreraft Whitewater Kayaking 12 08-15-2005 09:21 AM
Cataract Canyon Strider Whitewater Kayaking 2 06-05-2005 09:48 AM
Cataract Canyon, 6/20-25 Strider Kayaking | Trip Planner 0 06-04-2005 08:56 PM

» Classified Ads
Wavesport Fuse 56...

posted by SummitSurfer

Wavesport Fuse 56 "Medium" barely used in great condition. ...

Demo 2016 Jackson Side...

posted by 4CRS

Used 2016 Jackson Side Kick kid's whitewater kayak -...

Jackson Karma (Medium)

posted by Paddling Life

Brand Spankin' New 2016 Jackson Karma Creek kayak!

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.