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Old 01-16-2007   #1
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Green River Utah questions

I have a friend who's wanting to do the Green River Utah -Labrynth Canyon to the confluence of the Colorado in a 21-foot tandem (fiberglass) sea/touring kayak.

Is it doable, and what kinds of things would he need to know? Where can he start researching, because he knows at least he needs to have a toilet to haul out his own poo.

Thanks, I'll check back here later.

It's supposed to be 102 miles, but he's not sure how fast he can go - it's his first year in a kayak (no whitewater experience).

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That sounds like fun.
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I did part of the section you're talking about - Labyrinth Canyon (put-in at Green River, UT / take-out at Mineral Bottom) - a few summers ago. It's a 68 mile float. It was exceptionally beautiful but flat as paint. A sea kayak would be a great choice and a canoe would be second. I wouldn't take a raft because you'd have to row the entire time, and if the winds picked up (which they do), you'd be hosed.

The camping is excellent, there are huge beaches (bring the bocce and horseshoes), nice side hikes and plenty of swiming. You will have to get a permit to float Labyrinth Canyon, which can be done in Green River, UT. We did the float in 6 days which was about right due to high winds that we battled every day.

If you float the 52 miles below Mineral Bottom through Stillwater Canyon, you have to be transported back up river via jet boat to Moab. Stillwater Canyon is in Canyonlands National Park so you have to get a permit from the NPS for that section.

For more specific info, check out http://www.blm.gov/utah/price/labyrinth.htm

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Also check out the NPS page for the Stillwater permit:
http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/flatwater.htm

Like JBL said, camping is excellent on the beaches - which means that high water trips are more limited. Unlike the Colorado side, the Green side doesn't get as much traffic so there aren't as many camps hacked into the tammy's for May & June launches.

For trips below Mineral Bottom, I've always had very good jet boat service from Tex's for the ride back upstream. If you go all the way to the confluence, availability of a spot on a jet boat determines your take-out date.
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Green River to the Confluence is 122 miles and takes 6 to 9 days, depending on how much you paddle/hike. More time is always better.

Check out www.texsriverways.com for upstream shuttle info. The NPS and BLM permits are a cinch to get once the shuttle is ironed out.
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