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Old 08-24-2015   #1
summit county, Colorado
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Running the whole Green River

Hey guys,

I'm thinking of doing a Green River trip from Green River Lakes down to the confluence. Has anyone done it? Or done the Wyoming stretches? If you have I'd love to hear about it. Curious about what the put in/take out access is like, if there are any stretches that are a no-go or that I should be worried about. At this point, anything is helpful.



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Old 08-24-2015   #2
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Read Powell's account, which will not be really helpful due to differences in technology and knowledge. Also another by Colin Fletcher (I believe) who floated headwaters to the Gulf. His is more appropriate to the time and s good read, but not nearly as fascinating as Powell's.

That stretch between Dino and Deso will likely tax you (I haven't floated that yet), but all else has been run often.

Sounds like fun, good luck!

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Old 08-24-2015   #3
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It's been done, PM Randaddy as I am pretty sure he ran that through the grand.
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Old 08-24-2015   #4
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Pat and Robin Tierney (former owners of Adrift in Jensen) had pieced together the whole Green River trip including the Wyoming headwater parts over several years. Most people who do a Powell trip now start below Flaming Gorge, and I think that's what Randaddy did. I remember Robin talking about, but can't remember anything useful (my fault, not hers..., or perhaps Augie Busch's fault...). I think Pat's out book touring that new Yampa book with John Fielder right now, maybe you could find a stop and get him talking.
I think if you have the logistical support & ability to shuffle from packraft to raft to sea kayak and back as needed, and can line up the permits (mostly Lodore), that would be a hell of a way to spend a summer. Probably diversion dams, fences, and private land in Wyoming if I had to guess. Once you're into Utah it may be flat, but it's pretty enough, there are great beaches for camping late in the year.
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Old 08-25-2015   #5
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The Wyoming section can all be floated with portage around Fontinell and Flaming Gorge Dams. The upper section that is not private property is best run at higher water. The rest is very doable with the flat water of Flaming Gorge being a long push with oars. The Green through Wyoming can be done as I had a guy who was doing just as you have suggested on the Green join my Lodore trip. His biggest gripes were the flatness of the C section below Flaming Gorge and the fact that we had prime rib on the second night in Lodore canyon.....hmmmm.
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Old 08-25-2015   #6
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Gene did an excellent TR at his site PaddleOn - Southwest Float Trips

Upper Green River - May 2012 - Green River Lakes to Split Mountain
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Old 08-25-2015   #7
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That was an awesome TR.
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Old 08-25-2015   #8
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These guys did a source to sea on the green. Haven't watched this video in a few years but guessing there would be some info for you
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Old 08-26-2015   #9
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The TR on PaddleOn was written by Bryan Burke

PM me for his email address. He has pretty much done the entire Green (and Colorado) river. Very helpful and knowledgeable, especially concerning extended multi-days. Also reclusive thus the PM.


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Old 08-27-2015   #10
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Intriguing Trip

I've paddled a few times across both the lower and upper Green River Lakes (it takes me the better part of a day just to paddle back and forth across the lower lake--the wind always seems to pick up at some point), and have long wanted to float from the outlet at the lower lake all the way to Warren Bridge. I've paddled the first 2 miles in my IK, and plan to do the full trip to Warren Bridge some day. Reading one of the earlier posts, it is true that weather and temperatures greatly impact the flows on the river during runoff--see the earlier post where flow about doubled in one day.

I camp in the area all the time, and I always am amazed at how it can be 20 degrees colder or more at Upper Green River lakes than down just a little bit at New Fork Lakes. The Green River Lakes have their own micro-climate. I've yet to be there on a summer trip and not be hailed on in a windy and robust afternoon storm. It's just really unpredictable country in terms of precipitation and runoff in my humble opinion.

It looks pretty bony throughout the early part of the Green River, so I'd definitely do it in an IK. The best rapids would obviously be during runoff. After runoff, the flow gets pretty slow and there are lots of rock fields.

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