The Jordan river is the local river in the Salt Lake Valley. The early pioneers straightened it to allow faster flow of sewage to the great salt lake and also stationed many slaughterhouses on its banks. People talk of monstrous catfish that fed off the guts and entrails thrown from these businesses.
Thanks to many, the meanders have been reintroduced on the south end of the valley. It provides a surprisingly beautiful float with deer, birds, and of course monstrous fish. But on the north end of the valley, its a completely different river. Slow and murky with the sewer plants dumping their grey water. Many of the neighboring homes huck their lawn clippings and fall leaves over the fence into the river. Like trolls, bums live under many bridges using the Jordan as a toilet. Later in the season, the river get low enough to offer up its hidden treasure of shopping carts, t.v.'s, stolen bikes, dumped concrete chunks, strollers, and even cars!
Thats how we roll in Salt Lake. Hopefully the improvements of the south end and the Jordan River Parkway trail, will get recognition and the north end will follow suit.
One of the scariest sections of any river I've floated is the "Canoe Chute" by the power plant on the north section. There is a diversion dam in which boaters built a narrow ramp with small walls to keep you in line, similar to a log ride at an amusement park. While dropping down the ramp you can see the yellow,brown, and green water swirling at the bottom. In an open canoe, this drop could prove a really wet and downright grotesque experience. We always joke that if you flip in the Jordan, chug whiskey and see a doctor immediately