Rafting - Dutch John 8/20/22

Wonderful clear emerald water and several fun easy rapids, make this a perfect 1/2 day exciting float around Flaming Gorge.

Itinerary:

Meet FRIDAY NIGHT (carpooling)

Lehi - (Emily's 1482 W 300 S) - 2 pm

Springville - (Marilyn 433 N 700 W) 2 pm

Campground near Dutch John - 6 pm


SATURDAY

8am - Meet at Raft Rental found onsite at Dutch John Campground (behind the Dutch John Resort restaurant/gas station). Take thier van shuttle.

9am - Spillway Boat Launch Put in

930-1 pm - Float river Little Hole

1:30 pm - Little Hole Rec Area Take out

2:30 pm Shuttle returns to Campground

3:00 pm Head Home

7:00 - 9:00 pm Home (depending on car stops)


Optional* Second River Run (can have upriver winds) - $10 more for shuttle. Can decide 1 week prior.

7:00 pm Shuttle returns to Campground

7:30 pm Head Home

11:30pm - 12:30 am Home (depending on car stops)


Directions: Dutch John Campground, Dutch John, Utah

Spillway Boat Launch Put in

Little Hole Rec Area Take out

Activity:

Float Dutch John - Section A - (3-4 hours / ~ 7 miles) Section A starts just below the dam and continues down to Little Hole through Red Canyon. This section is the most popular and most fished. The crystal clear water is said to contain 11,000-15,000 fish per MILE. This area contains the most rapids, with a seemingly endless supply of Class II rapids to play in. Most are beginner friendly but keeps an eye out, there are plenty of boulders to wrap a raft on and ruin your day.

The action starts from the get-go. Keep an eye out for Mother-In-Law Rapid, which has a sign on the right before it. At maybe Class II+, this rapid is likely the most difficult in this section, but not particularly hard. Trip Report

Rapids:

Anticipation - Class II

Bridge - Class II

Rollercoaster - Class II

Skinny Dip - Class II

Mother-in-Law - Class II+

take river LEFT (there is a sign "Mother in Law" on the right shore before the rapid)

Dead Man - Class II

Dripping Springs - Class II

Red Creek - Class II


Gear: thin T-shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, rain jacket, shorts or hiking pants, swimming suit, running shoes or sandals - NO FLIP FLOPS, 2 L water in water bottle with carabiner