Originally Posted by Plecoptera
The October permits for Deso are coming available. I've done Labyrinth, Meander, Moab Daily, etc. in late September, but always stopped before Oct. Does anyone have experience with Deso into October. I know flows will be down, and so should bugs, but also the temp. Is still warm enough to boat comfortably?
We'll be there in the middle of the month and I am not too worried about temperatures BUT we always go prepared for cold. We have had passengers go hypothermic in May.
October in Utah, especially after the first week, is often the start of a stable pattern of weather and often the end of the Monsoon. That said most of Utah has a predictable storm around Halloween that can dump a fairly major amount of snow for early season standards.
Here is information about Duchesne, UT:
Climate Duchesne - Utah and Weather averages Duchesne
Here is information for Green River, UT:
Climate Green River - Utah and Weather averages Green River
For some reason that shows October as a huge month for precip in Green River which is not my expectation or memory from the region but it might have some sort of localized pattern I never experienced.
Average Highs for month are 71F while average lows are 37F.
We are going as a small group in a big boat so we have no reason to hold back on warm gear. Plenty of firewood in the canyon. Canyon should have beautiful fall colors going with all of the cottonwood galleries.
As someone else noted I would be more worried about daylight hours then temperatures, but we love fringe season boating.
River doesn't freeze over until sometime in mid-to-late December most years.