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I am looking for information on Dominguez Escalante section from Delta to Whitewater. Put-in/take-out? Campsites along the way? Day hikes to do along the float? Any cool historical stuff (pictographs...etc.).

Any river info is appreciated as well.
 

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I’m reading cars get broken into a lot in Whitewater. I plan on doing 2-3 nights from Delta to Whitewater.

What does everyone suggest for where to leave my car for the days I am on the river? Leave it up at the put-in? Could I find an Uber when I get to Whitewater, since its only a few miles outside of Grand Junction?
 

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Use the search function. This topic has been discussed in depth.
I've had mediocre luck finding good info with the Moutainbuzz search feature. Some of the info you posted last year doesn't sound accurate as well.

Most float from Escalante to Whitewater. The put-in at Escalante is easy. The takeout at Whitewater requires a boat carry under a railroad bridge and up a hill, which would suck with a larger oar rig.

Good camping is found along the way and hiking up Dominguez Canyon is worthy.

I haven't heard of recent good options for protecting your vehicle at Whitewater.

It's class II regardless of flow.
 

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I've had mediocre luck finding good info with the Moutainbuzz search feature. Some of the info you posted last year doesn't sound accurate as well.
Please explain to me what part of this is not accurate:

Yes, and this is a good flow for it. Start at the Escalante boat ramp and take out at the Whitewater boat ramp. There is access at Bridgeport too, but you have to carry under a trestle and up a small hill. There are a couple rocky class II rapids on the run you can scout and run them or line down the bank if your uncomfortable, but it is definitely beginner water. I have paddled a 12' aluminum lake canoe down it.
it took me about 15 seconds to find these:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f42/lower-gunnison-trailer-friendly-take-outs-62567.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/dominguez-canyon-whitewater-take-out-issues-59070.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/dominguez-canyon-58198.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f41/lower-gunnison-river-waterfall-camp-57115.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f41/gunnison-delta-to-53986.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/gunny-camping-beta-below-dominguez-and-bridgeport-50623.html

including my own trip report from 2012:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f12/gunny-escalante-to-bridgeport-6-23-24-a-43775.html
 

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I've had mediocre luck finding good info with the Moutainbuzz search feature. Some of the info you posted last year doesn't sound accurate as well.
Please explain to me what part of this is not accurate:

Yes, and this is a good flow for it. Start at the Escalante boat ramp and take out at the Whitewater boat ramp. There is access at Bridgeport too, but you have to carry under a trestle and up a small hill. There are a couple rocky class II rapids on the run you can scout and run them or line down the bank if your uncomfortable, but it is definitely beginner water. I have paddled a 12' aluminum lake canoe down it.
it took me about 15 seconds to find these:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f42/lower-gunnison-trailer-friendly-take-outs-62567.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/dominguez-canyon-whitewater-take-out-issues-59070.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/dominguez-canyon-58198.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f41/lower-gunnison-river-waterfall-camp-57115.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f41/gunnison-delta-to-53986.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f43/gunny-camping-beta-below-dominguez-and-bridgeport-50623.html

including my own trip report from 2012:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f12/gunny-escalante-to-bridgeport-6-23-24-a-43775.html
Thanks, still can’t find any good info on how to avoid a car break-in at whitewater. Most of the links you sent are all very old, and the link for a shuttle did not work. Only shuttle service I found around GJ said they would charge me $200.

Anyone know if I could get a taxi or Uber around whitewater to drive me back to Delta?
 

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Wow. You're amazing.

I think it's inaccurate or misleading to say Whitewater has a "boat ramp." To me that implies you can get a trailer to the river. Maybe it doesn't mean that to you.

Not that you're trying to be a jerk, but in the 15 seconds you took to tell this guy to use the search function you could have shared some of your knowledge of the stretch in a concise manner.
 

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I was going to suggest the search function as well, lmyres is correct; this has been discussed in depth including a Mtn Buzz classic that I was unable to find "I almost died".
Unlike many things on this sight, the search function works.

The "under the tracks" take out is Bridgeport not Whitewater. It's also the answer to how to not have your car vandalized at Whitewater. And, yes, it sucks as a take out as does Whitewater.
I doubt that you're going to find a good shuttle option.
 

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I was going to suggest the search function as well, lmyres is correct; this has been discussed in depth including a Mtn Buzz classic that I was unable to find "I almost died".
Unlike many things on this sight, the search function works.

The "under the tracks" take out is Bridgeport not Whitewater. It's also the answer to how to not have your car vandalized at Whitewater. And, yes, it sucks as a take out as does Whitewater.
I doubt that you're going to find a good shuttle option.
I did search. Everything I found was years old or did not answer my questions in detail.

I have a 14 foot raft and another friend. Think the two of us could get my raft from takeout at Bridgeport to where my trailer will be? I have never seen the takeout so not sure what to expect.
 

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The age of the threads don't matter; nothing about this run has changed in the last 20 years.

I don't know how much your boat weighs or how strong you and your buddy are.
It's +/- 75yds of challenging terrain. My guess is that you can do it and that you'll swear a lot.
 

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The age of the threads don't matter; nothing about this run has changed in the last 20 years.

I don't know how much your boat weighs or how strong you and your buddy are.
It's +/- 75yds of challenging terrain. My guess is that you can do it and that you'll swear a lot.
Gotcha. Thanks for letting me know about the takeout length for the walk. Boat will have a good amount of gear and we are both very strong. I guess we could walk up the cooler and any heavy stuff first, and then drag up the raft and frame second?
 

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I used to think about running this section, that is until I got a look at the Bridgeport "take out" on a backpacking trip into the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness area. It was muddy mess and overgrow with bushes and I thought geez that would suck. It could be done though. It is a shame because maybe 1/4 mile or so up river along the road there is a nice sandy ramp that would be great except that it was behind a locked gate when I was there. I don't know whether or not this gate is ever unlocked but I wouldn't count on it.

I have never been to the Whitewater ramp so I can't comment on this. However, look at Google maps and you can get a good sense of what you are in for at both ramps. It looks to me like both Bridgeport and Whitewater are under-the-tracks carries.
 

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I live in GJ so now the river pretty well. The Gunnison is a nice stretch of water but there are some real challenges getting off the river.

Great hikes up both Dominguez creeks to waterfalls, rock art, and a lot of bighorn sheep. Bangs Canyon is a nice place to explore. There are designated campsites RL but I think you can camp anywhere. There is camping at the mouth of Dominguez but the BLM would rather you not use it. It's been abused plus a lot of people will walk right through camp on the hike up the creek. There's a campsite not far below Bridgeport and there is a nice rock art panel close by. Trains are minimal now that most of the coal mines are closed.

The reality is that the Gunnison is not raft or trailer friendly. I duckie it and a good friend canoes regularly. The put-in at Escalante is fine, everything else is unpleasant at best. I haven't seen the designated ramp at Whitewater recently but you have to haul you boat under the railroad tracks. Same at Bridgeport. I think the best take out option is at the bridge on Hwy 141. You can get a trailer close but it's still not easy. There is no portage around the roller dam and the stretch below that isn't great.

Despite the challenges it's will be a nice trip.
 

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Everything smhoeher said. The BLM spent a lot of money building a parking lot but the carry under the railroad sucks. The Hwy 141 bridge is "best" takeout, as it is a very short carry, but be ready for it - at high water the bank is steep and current strong.
 

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I was reading in a river book it is possible to raft all the way into grand junction? Is that possible? The book said there is a diversion dam after whitewater, and to “be careful when rowing over it.”
 

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i've done this 4 times and never had a break in....but i bet it happens.
I also would like to know about this dam and traveling down to 141 bridge.
 

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Don't go over the roller dam. It's deadly! There's an area below the dam that is OK for launching. I was able to get my trailer to the water. It's not a nice stretch of river. The only reason I was there was a trash pick up. There are a bunch of homeless camps. The float through GJ is nice from Palisade to Loma with good access plus a 6th ramp under construction. A bike path follows the river most of the way. A lot of us do bike shuttles.
 
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