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Old 04-28-2016   #1
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Green River A B C Pre-River Camping and Section C?

Hello All!

So we have a trip planned for the Green A B C sections for Memorial Day (Yep) weekend, and have reserved our site in the B section for Saturday night. Coming out if Denver we will head up Friday and camp, put in Saturday, and take out at the end of the C section on Monday.

Few Questions:

Any heads up on some close primitive camping around the area for Friday night? Close enough to work on rigging?

Any shuttle tips?

So it is Memorial Day Weekend, and this is a hot time as we all know for the "Twice a year" campers to show their heads. This and Labor Day. I see I cant reserve a C section spot online, and am wondering how hard it may be to find a spot for 10 people and a few/pack of dogs? Do we sign up on the board i have read about or is it first come first serve? Is there an Oh Shit! campground along the way if nothing is full as in a boat ramp camp?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Never been up to the green, and am ready to get my oars wet. We have a few kids, so guerrilla camping is not the best.



River On~!

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Old 04-28-2016   #2
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First off a couple of things to note. At the start of the "A" section you won't be allowed to rig on the ramp, the rangers keep things moving pretty fast and it is real busy. There is a chance if the busy part of the morning is done that the ranger may allow a little lee way.If you have a trailer no problem. The "C" section is without much current and no real good spots to camp. There are just a few places around the state line between Utah and Colorado and just before Swallow Cyn. so you will want to pay attention to other groups in that stretch. I used to make a 3 day trip and do all three sections but now I just op for two nights in the "B" section and fish more anyway its more scenic. If arriving Friday late the campground at Little Hole will be full as will all the other campgrounds around the lake, so try to get in as early as can so that you aren't looking in the dark.You can set up a shuttle at the guide shop in Dutch John.Good Luck

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Old 04-28-2016   #3
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You can primitive camp 15 or 20 miles south of the dam on hwy 191. you have to get out of the national recreation area and into the national forest. as for the c section, it is all first come first serve. that being said, i do not think the spots will all be taken. some are much better than others. some are roadside, some are only accessible from the river. you need to consider flows. you could easily be there when they open the flood gates for the annual flood. there is a bridge at the top of the c section, taylor flats bridge, that you cant go under if the river is high. you will have to plan accordingly if the river is up
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Old 04-28-2016   #4
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There is camping on c. At the top, there are blm sites, one of which is a pay site. A few more sites past Jarvie, first on right, second on left with marginal boat parking. Each of the roads down to the river above swallow has some camping. C will probably be blown end of may, so shouldn't have much competition from fishermen.
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Old 04-29-2016   #5
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Thanks for the info everyone. I am having an issues finding where to get the cfs on this section. Anyone know what gauge to read for A B C and where it I can find it? Tried USGS unless i am not seeing what gauge to read.

What level is considered too high for the bridge?

Thanks again!
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Old 04-29-2016   #6
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Here's the gauge to use, but I'm not sure what level is too high to get under the bridge.
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 09234500 GREEN RIVER NEAR GREENDALE, UT
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Old 04-29-2016   #7
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For the most part the flow out of the dam is close to what you have. Red creek usually does not add to much CSF, although it can muck up the water something awful even when its flow is reasonably low. On occasion, as in any desert, the side creeks can flash adding considerable flow. You may notice this when running shuttle, if the road is washed away. Also, you should just plan on checking the bridge in question when you run shuttle. It is only a couple of miles from 191. If there is a question, just take out at the boat ramp immediately before the bridge.
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Old 04-30-2016   #8
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Thanks all! Very helpful. Luckily found out we can leave early to head up there on Friday, I thought I was not able to get out of Denver til after 4 PM, but my wife does not teach that day.

I will def check the bridge.

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Old 04-30-2016   #9
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Does anyone know about the sign up board, and does that still exist? I see on that there are sites that do not allow reservations. Are these on the sign up board?

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Old 05-02-2016   #10
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Sign up for Jackson Creek the first night super nice. The flow is around 1500 give or take. Second night stay at the indian crossing its a campground but never is full and almost always open for river boats. The third night stay at pipeline next to the rock over hang then pull out at Crooks boat ramp.

Red creek rapid stay right and pull left at the bottom some rocks.

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