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Beginners - canoeing Provo River

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Beginners - canoeing Provo River

Post by tholyoak on Wed 24 Aug 2011, 3:19 pm

My daughter would like to take a canoe trip down the Provo River for her birthday in a couple of weeks. We do have access to a couple of canoes, but we don't have much experience. My daughters have used canoes on lakes at Girls Camp, and I have done the same thing when I was a Boy Scout (many moons ago). My wife does have some experience, as her family used to go canoeing in rivers when she was growing up. However we have kids ranging in age from 6 to 15.

So I'm looking for information and advice on how to have a fun but safe experience. What part of the river would be best? I've seen people floating down near Utah Lake - if that is a good idea, how far up should we start? Is the water level still higher than normal this year, and how will that affect things?

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Beginners - canoeing Provo River

Post by brianteats on Wed 24 Aug 2011, 5:51 pm

Yes, the Provo offers a great uber-beginner run directly below Deer Creek reservior. You can put-in at the base of the dam with other folks, most likely doing it at the same time, and take out at the bridges 2.5 miles down, which are the only real obstacle on the entire stretch, or continue down another 2 1/2 miles of friendly water and another descent take out.

Water levels for that stretch right now are good(~500cfs), not high but not exactly low either.

Make sure to wear your pfd's and have fun, there's plenty of paddling option around here, if you know where to look
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Re: Beginners - canoeing Provo River

Post by tholyoak on Tue 20 Sep 2011, 2:42 pm

Thanks. It turns out that the reason she wanted to go canoeing in the river was that she didn't like having to row around the lake, and thought all she'd have to do is put the canoe in the river and it would do all the work for her. We took her to the aviary instead. Smile

We would still like to go sometime, but would like to take a class or something first. Are there any such classes available?

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Re: Beginners - canoeing Provo River

Post by Cap'n RedBeard on Tue 20 Sep 2011, 3:03 pm

I'd say go for it. Its a super easy stretch and only a few class 2- ripples. Swimming isn't a bad thing in that section, as you can stand up in most of it at these flows.

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