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Old 12-16-2011   #1
 
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Paddling upstream from Pearce Ferry?

Hello. New guy here on this excellent forum. As a Canadian, my season ends in December when the water gets too hard to stick a paddle in. So I am starting to look southward for winter/spring canoe trips. I would like to start by seeing the Grand Canyon from the bottom up. I am kicking around this idea:

- 1 canoe, 2 adults (experienced wilderness paddlers)
- Park vehicle at Pearce Ferry Rd.
- Paddle up to Separation Canyon
- Camp, hike, relax along rivers edge
- Return same route

First question: Is it doable, or is the current too strong? Other questions: Best time of year? What permits required? Number of days required? Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-16-2011   #2
 
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No the current is to strong, you can not up run this section. Anytime of year will work depending on your skill level.

Consider the Green River, UT, to the confluence of the Colorado. Then motoring up to Moab, UT from there.
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And, no launches are allowed at Pearce, neither up nor downstream.

If you think you might want to launch at Diamond Creek, which means a 50 mile trip, running a few sizable rapids and some lesser ones, and camp for a few days, say so, and we can write you with info about that.
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Old 12-16-2011   #4
 
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And, no launches are allowed at Pearce, neither up nor downstream. If you think you might want to launch at Diamond Creek, which means a 50 mile trip, running a few sizable rapids and some lesser ones, and camp for a few days, say so, and we can write you with info about that.
I was trying to avoid a shuttle, and avoid the Diamond Creek fees. Just wanted to putter around the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Too bad.
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We ran into some tandem sea kayakers paddling up from Pearce. They look like they were having a good time! They did complain they had sore arms, though.
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Old 12-18-2011   #6
 
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Grand Permits are over the counter in December and January

Being that River Permits are over the counter right now, why not just get a permit and run the whole thing?

If you want to paddle downstream of Pearce Ferry, take the bluff road turn off at the old town Pearce Ferry structures and park at the bluff over Pearce Rapid. It is a short hike to the Pearce Ferry Rapid(which is sizably smaller now that the lake is affecting it) that you can easily portage on the left and paddle the 18 approximate miles to the lake. It's not the inner canyon but it's a beautiful float nonetheless. If it's remotely windy at the bluff it may be howling on the lake.
rrshuttleservice.com would probably be happy to run your car around as they live in the meadeview area

If you do decide to run the Diamond Down section (which I highly suggest call Moenkopi Riverworks 928 526 6622, or one of the 3 other outfitters and you can hitch a ride down to Diamond Creek on someone elses takeout shuttle. There's no need to take your car down the road if you don't have to.

rrshuttleservice.com can take your car to the other end?
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