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Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

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Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

Post by jense on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 10:33 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good place to take 14-15 year old scouts on a 3 day, 2 night canoe camping trip?

We were thinking about going to Flaming Gorge. Any info on this pro or con would be helpful.

Allan Jensen

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Re: Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

Post by Flying_Spaghetti_Monster on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

The water is very cold year round there. Warmer weather would better for sure. It is a pretty mellow run with one rapid they may wan to portage. I believe that hard shell kayaks, or inflatable kayaks would be a much better choice than canoes. Also the run just below Flaming Gorge Dam is not that long, and not much of an overnighter unless you camped at the take out after the run. It is a beautiful run, and fairly straight forward, but not something I would put 14-15 year olds in canoe, and say have at it. Another question are you an experienced boater at all. Are you prepared to rescue young kids from the river if needed. Depending on the dates I would help run safety, and try to get another friend on board to help as well. I help teach kayaking classes with a friend of mine, and we could help get some kids ready for the trip in hard shell kayaks.
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Re: Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

Post by brianteats on Tue 20 Mar 2012, 11:31 am

More info on you, and the scouts', river experience and time of year planning to launch would be helpful...

Simply describing the river- The "A" section is Class II+ rapids than can get big, but they're short, making rescue 'relatively' easy; the "B" section has lots of flat water and one semi-long Class III(Red Creek) which has an easy scout/portage with a big sign warning your arrival; the "C" section has some Class II and more meanders. 28 miles total, it could be done as a 2 nighter, if you plan it right and assuming you've got other activities planned, than just paddling. Eddyflower.com has some descent write-up's on those sections. Definately an aesthetically pleasing canyon.
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Re: Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

Post by Mark B. on Tue 20 Mar 2012, 12:04 pm

As a former boy scout canoe guide, I'd recommend not taking scouts on a river with rapids with all their overnight gear in the canoe. If you want to do a multi-day canoe self support trip, consider canoeing on Flaming George itself from campsite to campsite. Another option if you really want to do the river is to have one leader drive everyone's gear from campsite to campsite on the Green river below the dam; this way WHEN the kids swamp their boats there is little consequence and they'll still have a warm sleeping bag at night.

If you decide to do a river trip, spend plenty of practice time in a local lake learning how to maneuver the canoe and perform unswamping practice. The parallel rescue is by far the best way to quickly unswamp a large canoe in the river; forget the "t-rescue".

Lastly, if you want a good mix of whitewater and scenic canoeing without worrying about logistics, look into the Teton High Adventure Base. It's an organized camp, but their main purpose is to get kids out canoeing every day on the river. They provide guides/food/lodging so it makes the logistics easier. Planning your own adventure is fun too. Good luck!


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Re: Looking for Info on paddling Flaming Gorge

Post by riverstud222 on Tue 20 Mar 2012, 6:56 pm

Echo what everyone else has said but I'll also throw in a plug for the Salmon River High Adventure Base.

http://www.grandtetoncouncil.org/index.cfm?pageid=1100

I guided there for years and it's the experience of a lifetime and a fantastic way to get into kayaking. 3 days 2 nights, kayaking, rafting, repelling etc. I guarantee you'd love it.

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