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Green River Rafting

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The Green River is a blue ribbon area for fly fishing and a fun place to river raft.


We rented our rafts from Dutch John Resort north of Vernal, Utah. You could also canoe or kayak down the river, but it requires a bit more skill.


We began just below the Flaming Gorge Dam at Spillway Boat Launch and got out at Little Hole Boat Launch, which is seven miles down stream. Only the truck hauling the rafts could go down to the launch. Everyone else parked in the lot and took the foot trail down.

The views of the Green River from above are beautiful! You can see how it got it’s name.

At the launch we passed out life jackets and paddles and got into the rafts.

Class 1 and Class 2

The Green River here is mostly calm with a few class 1 and class 2 rapids.

The canyon walls on either side are quite high and red with lots of greenery!

I had my GoPro during the ride. Here are some of the rapid sections.

While we were on our journey, we experienced sun and then crazy rain.

Before we got out I put the GoPro under the water. There were some fish swimming past in the distance.

We got out at Little Hole Boat Launch, which is the next opportunity to get out. We pulled our rafts up and then a shuttle car took the drivers back up to the Spillway Boat Launch parking lot. They returned with their cars about 35-40 minutes later to pick us all up.

Stats: Distance – 7 miles downstream (between Spillway Boat Launch and Little Hole Boat Launch)
Approximate floating time – 1.5-3 hours (plus 40 minutes to shuttle cars)
Trail – river
Bathrooms – Yes, at both ends and one along the way
Seasons to hike – May – October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

The Provo River is also fun to raft.

Nearby spots are Flaming Gorge, Moonshine Arch, Red Fleet State Park, Steinaker Reservoir, McCconkie Ranch Petroglyphs, Dinosaur National Monument and Fantasy Canyon.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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