Kayak the Green River in Utah
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Green River Workshop – About This Trip
For those looking for a more active vacation or to get closer to the majesty of the Green River in one of the most spectacular wilderness canyons in the West, we offer the opportunity to experience six days of fun, immersive kayaking instruction in Desolation and Gray canyons. Andy Thunell from the Rapid Progression Kayak School will provide the instruction and all kayaking equipment. Holiday guides provide logistical support and prepare gourmet meals while you practice paddling, rolling, and running rapids. Six days also allow time to hike along side canyons, explore cultural sites, and simply relax on the beaches or among the shady cottonwood trees.
Prior kayaking experience is not necessary, but a kayak swimming pool class is suggested to help speed your learning on the river. These classes can be found at most colleges and universities. You should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable around water. Get hands-on with your river trip!
Additional Things to Bring for the Green River Kayak Workshop:
Extra Sunscreen - Waterproof is recommended
Nose Plugs - For when you learn to roll
Wetsuit Booties / Tennis Shoes - A must while in the kayak
Paddling Jacket with Shell
Sunglasses - With Chums or Croakies to hold them
Visor to fit under the helmet - Example: Head Gasket
Water Skiing Gloves - For tender hands
Wetsuit - Bring Farmer John style 1/8"
Small Waterproof Pouch - To carry goodies during the day
Location: Desolation Canyon - Green River Wilderness
Length: 6 Days
Dates: Aug 3-8, 2020
Meet At: Green River, Utah 6:00 am
Age Min: 16
- Expert kayaking instruction
- Kayak familiarization including safety and paddle strokes
- How to read the river's rapids and eddies
- Play in rapids and begin to learn to roll
- A chance to kayak Desolation Canyon
Trip Price & Departure Date
$1,495 per person
*$35 BLM fee per person
6 Day Trip Date
August 3-8, 2020
Your trip starts in Green River, Utah with a scenic flight into the heart of the Tavaputs Plateau, the largest roadless area in the continental United States. The Green River flows southwest for 84 miles through this same wilderness, and more than 60 class I–III rapids provide plenty of opportunities to practice paddling. The trip ends near Swasey's Beach, eight miles north of our Green River warehouse.
- Familiarization with equipment
- What to expect on the trip
- Loosening and stretching
- Getting in and out of the kayak
- Learning the forward and reverse strokes
- How to exit the kayak while rolled over in the water
- Learning the sweep stroke
- How to enter and exit eddies (back current on the river)
- Learn various types of braces
- Learn how to read the river
- What to do in rapids
- How to ferry across the river
- Learn the draw stroke
- Learn sculling
- Begin learning how to roll
Day 3, 4, and 5
- We will cover the same skills as on Day 2, but will go into more depth and detail. We will strive to improve in the various areas and to make them become more automatic.
- Greater emphasis on playing in the rapids, and will go over items learned throughout the trip.