Moab Rafting & Canoe Company

Rafting and Canoe Excursions

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Self-Guided Green River through Stillwater Canyon to the Confluence

There are 52 miles of calm water paddling on the Green River as it travels through Canyonlands National Park.  The Green meanders quietly through Stillwater Canyon on its course to the Confluence with the Colorado River.  The river widens and slows in pace through Stillwater, passing by the canyon walls that rise in ever increasing heights along its shores.  Abundant remnants of the ancient Anasazi culture remain in the form of ruins and rock art.  Hiking opportunities are plentiful.  The large bottom lands along the river are home to an array of wild life, including deer, coyotes, and herds of desert bighorn sheep.

Green River mile 74Five miles past your put-in at Mineral Bottom (which we drive down to on a very steep and precarious 1 1/2 mile, one lane switchback dirt road that descends 900 feet!), the river enters Canyonlands National Park.  Once you launch, there is little road access to the river, increasing the wilderness quality of your trip down Stillwater.  There are no vehicle access take-outs below Mineral Bottom.  To return to Moab, you will be met at the Confluence or Spanish Bottom by a pre-arranged chartered jet boat service and travel up-river on the Colorado River.  A backcountry permit is required by the National Park Service for the time spent within Canyonlands National Park.  This section is suitable for all paddling abilities.  Please allow a minimum of 4 days to complete this trip.  Extra days are recommended for exploring off-river sites.  For longer trips, you may combine this stretch with Labyrinth Canyon for 100 miles of continuous premier flat water paddling (with a put-in at Ruby Ranch).

A Self-Guided Trip is an expedition that is self-governing where one navigates and is responsible for all of the paperwork, planning, footwork, and knowledge of equipment/gear, the area, the river, and route oneself.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can be a great place to start with providing suggestions, maps, instructions, directions, and items to see or do during self-guided tours.

Stillwater Canyon to the Confluence Trip Summary:

  • Class: I rapids
  • Location: Southeastern Utah
  • Put-in: Mineral Bottom Boat Ramp
  • Take-out: the Confluence
  • Mileage: 52 miles
  • Trip length: 4 to 10+ days
  • Camping areas: Numerous sites atop of the cut bank or beaches and sand bars at low water
  • Permit needed: Yes – from Canyonlands National Park (435-295-4711), with a reservation fee of $30 + $20 per person

**Jet boat transportation is required to return to Moab.  As we cannot answer on their behalf, please contact either of these two permitted companies below with any questions about the jet boat, including pricing, reservations, operation, etc. :

  • Tex’s Riverways 435-295-5101 or
  • Canyonlands by Night and Day 435-259-5261

On the morning of your Self-Guided Green River Stillwater to the Confluence Canoe Trip, meet at 11:00 am at our shop in Moab, at 2480 S. Highway 191.  At this time, we will process your bill, have you complete some paperwork, and prepare your BLM permit & fees.  In addition, there will be a 10 minute briefing to go over the river map, and possible camps and hikes.  It is your responsibility to be prepared and ready to go when you arrive at our shop the day of your launch.  Your shuttle will leave by 11:30 am (about 1 hour and 45 minutes to the river from the shop).  Your Shuttle Driver will not make any “pit stops” between our shop and the river.

*We advise against traveling to and from Moab on your put-in and take-out dates.

What you will need to bring:

  • River map, river toilet (mandatory), group camping equipment/kitchen commissary, staples, coolers, stove, tent, sleeping bag, sunblock, insect repellent, sun hat, and meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day (Please visit our Packing List for a more extensive list.)
  • Drinking and cooking water (must be carried in) – 1 gallon per person per day, along with ½ to 1 gallon per meal for cooking (consider menu, group size, and days out on the river).  You may fill water jugs at our location
  • Fees, if launching at Ruby Ranch, (exact cash only and not included in MRCC’s total): $5 per person and $10 per vessel
  • BLM Permit (if also going through Labyrinth) and Canyonlands National Park Permit

Trip Planners & Considerations:

  • Green River Canoe Trips: 3 to 10+ days.  This section of The Green River is suitable for paddlers of all abilities who are well prepared.  With a Self-Guided Trip, it is up to you to know your own abilities.
  • Ideally, this particular flat water section of the Green River, Stillwater Canyon (in our opinion, as a rafting and canoe company), is best canoed!  A canoe allows you to bring enough creature comforts and gear (water jugs, river toilet, tents, camp chairs, etc.) with you, without being cramped.  In high water, you are able to paddle up deep into narrow canyons, and in low water, the canoe does not have as much drag as other vessels.
  • Our River Season is from March 1st to October 31st.  Regarding Mother Nature and the river, as much as you want (and ask), we cannot give you absolutes, especially in terms of the extreme desert conditions and variances that occur in our environment daily.  This is why we speak in generalities and tell you to be well prepared for your trip!  The desert is a lesson in extremes and unpredictability.
  • Seasonal differences necessitate flexibility.  You will have different concerns depending on the time of year you will be traveling.  Temperatures range from 100+ degrees in the summer to sub-zero some winters.  Day and night temperature differences can also be extreme.  Thunderstorms can build quickly, bringing with them lightening and flash floods.  The one predictable element you can rely on is the afternoon up-canyon winds.  High, gale-like winds usually accompany storm fronts.  Water levels fluctuate seasonally.  Be aware that during high water, you will have powerful water, currents, and strong eddies, and your travel time can be much faster.  When the river is low, you will be moving more slowly and need to paddle more…sandy beaches make for good rest stops.  Boaters can paddle, enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy beach, and go for a swim in the river during the warm months.  From day & night, temperatures can be extreme.  They range from 100+ degrees in the summer, to sub-zero in the winter.  Drink plenty of water along the way and put on that sunscreen and lip balm.
  • Put-ins: Ruby Ranch (100 miles) or **Mineral Bottom (52 miles)
  • This Self-Guided Trip requires a high level of responsibility and your due diligence in research, as you will be going into backcountry wilderness.  As navigator, you will have to pay attention to river mileage and your travel speeds.  You are your own captain!  The area is remote and services are non-existent.  Your group must be self-contained and self-reliant to deal with emergency situations.  Cell phone service is not available within the canyons.  A satellite phone is optional, but highly recommended.  If this is looking like too much responsibility, you should really start with a Guided Green River Canoe Trip.
  • Your group is responsible for knowing and adhering to all Utah boating laws and backcountry laws and river regulations, as well as being aware of any current fire ban in effect.
  • April to June (for the most part): In the afternoon, up-canyon winds are an almost daily occurrence.   An early camp will help minimize the time spent paddling in the wind.
  • May and June (for the most part): During “high water,” your travel time can be faster, so you should know how to paddle in river currents and strong eddies.
  • March, April, July to October: When the river is low, the sand islands come out.
  • You are required to check that you have all necessary equipment such as PFDs, throwing device, bail bucket, whistle, fire pan, river toilet, and paddle(s) with a spare, before we can take you to the put-in.
  • Dogs are not allowed on your river trip through the National Park, per NPS rules.


**NOTE: If there is inclement weather, Mineral Bottom road becomes impassable for shuttle vehicles.

*By state law, all who go out on the river must be a minimum of 40 pounds in weight.  Additionally, children 12 years and younger must always wear a PFD on all Utah State waters.


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Canoe Rental: What canoe do you want/need?

The Wenonah is a must have for the serious canoeist.  We offer the best brand canoes and are the only company in town that rents these award-winning, high performance Wenonah Canoes!  These are larger, yet lighter weight, more stable canoes, each individually handcrafted in the United States (not mass-produced from overseas).

Wenonah Cascade: 17 ½ feet $40 a day

Wenonah Champlain: 18 ½ feet $50 a day

Wenonah Spirit II: 17 feet $50 a day

Wenonah Solo Wilderness: 15 ½ feet $30 a day

Osagian Classic Aluminum: 15 feet $40 a day

EQUIPMENT included with tandem canoe rentals: PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices, a.k.a. life vests) (2), Paddles (3), Throwing device, Bail bucket, Whistle, and a Fire pan

Canoe Rental Cost Per Trip

No. of Canoe(s) x Canoe Cost ($30 – $50) $ = $
No. of Days = $ Total Canoe Cost

dimensionsWenonah Cascade

17 ½ feet $40 a day (This is the canoe best for this trip.).  A great general use, canoe camping, and family boat.


Overall Length: 17′ 0″  (518.16 cm)
Gunwale Width: 36″  (91.44 cm)
Maximum Width: 37″  (93.98 cm)
Waterline Width: 34.5″  (87.63 cm)
Stern Depth: 22″  (55.88 cm)
Center Depth: 13.5″  (34.29 cm)
Bow Depth: 22″  (55.88 cm)
Rocker: 2″  (5.08 cm)

Wenonah Champlain

18 ½ feet $50 a day.  A versatile design with enhanced efficiency and seaworthiness.  A larger, more stable version of our versatile Spirit II and our largest canoe available to rent, the Champlain has the efficiency and capacity to haul heavy loads long distances.  Its length and profile give good speed and glide, which it retains very well with a load.


Overall Length: 18′ 0″  (548.64 cm)
Gunwale Width: 36.5″  (92.71 cm)
Maximum Width: 37″  (93.98 cm)
Waterline Width: 36.75″  (93.345 cm)
Stern Depth: 20″  (50.8 cm)
Center Depth: 14″  (35.56 cm)
Bow Depth: 22″  (55.88 cm)
Rocker: 1.5″  (3.81 cm)

Wenonah Spirit II

17 feet $50 a day.  Like a Swiss Army Knife, the Spirit II does everything.  As efficient as a long-hulled canoe and as maneuverable as a short one, the Spirit II strikes a balance between all good things.  Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, it’s even more stable when loaded.


Overall Length: 17′ 0″  (518.16 cm)
Gunwale Width: 35″  (88.9 cm)
Maximum Width: 36″  (91.44 cm)
Waterline Width: 35.5″  (90.17 cm)
Stern Depth: 19″  (48.26 cm)
Center Depth: 14″  (35.56 cm)
Bow Depth: 22″  (55.88 cm)
Rocker: 1.5″  (3.81 cm)

Wenonah Northfork

16 feet $35 a day.  This recreational hull extremely stable and very comfortable.  You can easily get in and out with your waders on and there’s no need to worry about stability.


Overall Length: 16′ 0″  (487.68 cm)
Gunwale Width: 38″  (96.52 cm)
Maximum Width: 40″  (101.6 cm)
Waterline Width: 38″  (96.52 cm)
Stern Depth: 17″  (43.18 cm)
Center Depth: 13″  (33.02 cm)
Bow Depth: 19″  (48.26 cm)
Rocker: 1.25″  (3.175 cm)

Wenonah Solo Wilderness

15 ½ feet $30 a day.  Its well-rounded stability and moderate rocker make it a great down-river boat, while inspiring confidence whether on a loaded tour or evening paddle.


Overall Length: 15′ 4″  (467.36 cm)
Gunwale Width: 27″  (68.58 cm)
Maximum Width: 30.5″  (77.47 cm)
Waterline Width: 29.75″  (75.565 cm)
Stern Depth: 17″  (43.18 cm)
Center Depth: 14″  (35.56 cm)
Bow Depth: 19″  (48.26 cm)
Rocker: 1.25″  (3.175 cm)

Osagian Classic Aluminum Canoe

15 feet $40 a day.  The best all-around choice for entry- and intermediate- level canoeists in a wide variety of applications.  GREAT for school groups, Scout Troops, big groups, and the young, etc.


Overall Length: 15′  (466.36 cm)
Gunwale Width: 36″  (67.58 cm)
Maximum Width: 30.5″  (77.47 cm)
Waterline Width: 29.75″  (75.565 cm)
Stern Depth: 13″  (41.18 cm)
Center Depth: 14″  (35.56 cm)
Bow Depth: 19″  (48.26 cm)
Rocker: 1.25″  (3.175 cm)


Canoe Rental Cost Per Trip

No. of Canoe(s) x Canoe Cost ($30 – $50) $
No. of Days = $ Total Canoe Cost

Shuttle Cost to The Green River, with a pick-up at Tex’s or Canyonlands by Night and Day

1 to 4 persons $265 5 to 8 persons $375

One way Shuttle Cost to the Green River (Put-in only):

1 to 4 persons $175 5 to 8 persons $285

*We do not move vehicles.

Personal Boat Transportation Rates:

In addition to the shuttle charges for individuals and their gear, fees are charged for the handling and transport of each boat that is not rented from Moab Rafting and Canoe Company.

Boat Type Price
Canoes, Sea Kayaks, Inflatable Kayaks, and SUPs $35 each


Available rental gear per trip (see prices below):

 Rental Gear
Item Cost Quantity   Total Item Cost Quantity   Total
River toilet $45     $ Trash bucket $5     $
5 gal. H2O jug $8     $ 2 Person tent $30     $
Dry bag: sm & med/lg & xl $10/$20     $ 30 Degree Sleeping bag $15     $
60 qt. Cooler $20     $ Sleeping pad $20     $
PFD $15     $ Camp chair $10     $
Paddle $5     $ Roll-A-Table $20     $
Throw bag/cushion $10     $ *Kitchen set $125     $
Fire pan $10     $ River map (purchase) $20     $
Stove (2 burner, $25     $          
you will need to bring propane)                                     Subtotal = $
             Utah Tax (8.60%)    = $
                     Balance Due    = $

*Full Kitchen set includes: plates, bowls, cups, knives, forks, spoons, cutting knives, can opener, salad bowl, fry pan, pot & strainer, pot holder, cutting board, and washing bins inside a 24 gallon Action Packer dry box for transporting

To reserve your trip date and rental gear: Feel free to call, mail, or email us for date availability.  We will be more than happy to send out a trip packet with more information and a worksheet for you to fill out and send back.  We will ask for credit card to hold the trip date and rental gear.  If you have to cancel within 14 days of your trip, we will run your card for 50% of your booked reservation total.  If you cancel within 3 days of your trip or if you are a “no show”, we will run the card for the whole amount of the reservation.  Regarding the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment, as there are NO EXCEPTIONS OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION POLICY.  All reservation fees are due in full by the day of the trip by Visa, MasterCard, or cash.

Again, over the years of booking trips, we have to say we know the river.  But, every trip is different.  The time of season, water levels, weather the day you have booked for, and much more, make the river fun all of the time!

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  • It is our policy to reserve the right to cancel any trip at the last minute due to extreme and unsafe conditions, such as high water (over 22,000 c.f.s.), fast-moving water, low water, cold, or high winds.  Should this occur, no money will be exchanged.  If conditions allow, we can/will postpone for a few hours or to the next day.
  • For groups of 10 or more, a deposit of $20 per person is due the day of reserving your trip date.  This is non-refundable.  The balance is due the day of launch date for the group size and equipment you reserved.
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