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MOAB FLATWATER DAILY
Self-Guided FLATWATER DAY PADDLE Canoe Trip
1 canoe 2 people $ 75 w/tax - includes shuttle
After calling in, we'll reserve your canoe and date, and we will meet at the shop
around 8:30am (time subject to change due to time of the river season and group
Moab Rafting & Canoe Company
805 N. Main St Get directions >>>
Important: What you need to bring
Sunscreen, Drinking water, a hat, your lunch...and you are good to go on the water.
Wenonah Canoes PFD’s(Life vest), Paddles, Throw cushion/rope, Bail bucket
Call to reserve your canoe 435 259 7722 or reserve online here
|Self-Guided Trips - Colorado River
|Moab to Gold Bar or Potash
As the Colorado leaves the wide canyons to re-enter her steep-walled sandstone gorge, she slows to a peaceful pace and becomes a
gentle float. On the sandy banks and soft sandbars of the river, blue herons stand patient and solid, waiting for fish. Hawks, ravens and the
occasional osprey circle overhead in the endless blue slice of sky. Just below Moab, boaters can bird watch as they float past the only
major wildlife preserve along the Colorado River in the state of Utah. The Matheson Wetlands Preserve lies along the wide river bend just
downstream from Moab. The area was set aside in 1991 to protect wetland species and to educate visitors about the fragile and diverse
ecosystems that are so crucial to southwestern rivers.
Below the put-in at the Moab Boat Ramp, where Highway 191 crosses the Colorado, the river crosses through the imposing sandstone cliff
line called The Portal. The sheer wall that lines the river on the right bank for several miles is known as "Wall Street", a rock climber's
paradise and an increasingly popular location for the sport. From here, the river wanders back and forth through sheer buff-colored
sandstone walls for either, 11 miles to Gold Bar or 17 miles to the Potash boat ramp full day paddle trip. This section is rich in Anasazi rock
art, arches, massive cliffs and strange eroded landforms. There are even dinosaur tracks in the rocks, reminders of days when the great
creatures wandered the sand dunes of a long-vanished desert. In all, the calm water, extraordinary scenery, and close proximity to Moab
make this stretch one of the most popular flat-water day floats in the area.
The desert is a lesson in extremes. Seasonal difference concerns depending on the time
of year you are traveling. The one predictable element you can rely on in springtime
afternoon up-canyon winds. Be aware during high water, you will have powerful water,
currents and strong eddies. Along with your travel, time can be much faster. Summer
when the river is low; these sandy beaches make for good rest stops. Summer thunderstorms
can build quickly, usually accompany storm fronts, is the High wind (gale-like) Remember that
water levels fluctuate from seasonally. Temperatures range from 100+ degrees in the summer
to sub-zero in winter. From day & night, temperatures can be extreme. Drink your water.
Put on that sunscreen.
Hot in the desert? Try a canoeing adventure with Moab Rafting & Canoe Company!
It is our policy to reserve the right to cancel any trip at the last minute due to extreme and unsafe conditions. (High water, fast water, low
water, too cold, or high wind.) Should this occur, you will receive a full refund.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy beach; go for a swim in the river. Just enjoy a day of free time. Also see our guided trips for more info