Moab DailyColorado River
paddling, rowing, training and FUN
The "Moab Daily", a 13-mile section of the Colorado River, runs from Hittle Bottom to Takeout Beach. Depending on time of season and water level, you will encounter rapids on this section ranging from Class I to Class III. Click here for current streamflow conditions. The "Daily" is considered Utah's most popular river trip and is ideal for a short adventure, a group outing, a first river trip, or an overnight camping trip. Utah State Sovereign Lands administers use of the Colorado River downstream of Castle Creek, which is nine miles past Hittle Bottom. However, the BLM maintains river access facilities along the entire "Daily" stretch, including Hittle Bottom, Rocky Rapid (a.k.a. Ida Gulch), Sandy Beach, and Takeout Beach. Click here for a map and camping information for the Moab Daily.
This section of river will be good for Class I boaters wanting more moving water experience, class II boaters wanting to sharpen skills &/or paddle or row a boat different than what you are accustomed to; class III boaters who just want a relaxing day on the river, maybe helping teach the class I & II boaters a few more skills.
Let's plan on some river rescue drills such as throw bag practice and rescue swimming.
Let's also plan on some beach games such as desert or beach croquet and other silly riverside sports or diversions.
This can be a camping trip for those who wish and we may do more on the river Sunday; or hike, mountain bike or canyoneer depending on your own choices.
Meet at Hittle Bottom boat launch area on the Colorado Riverbefore 9 AM. If you get there needing to assemble &/or inflate a boat, PLEASE let me suggest you arrive EARLY to get a head start on preping your boat. By 9 or 9:30 the commercial trips will show up so I really hope we can be there ready to LAUNCH by 9 AM.
Most boats should work for this section of river. You need to bring a boat or at least be sure there is at least a seat on a raft that can accomodate you getting down river. Many types of boats can be rented; canoes or IKs for very reasonable daily rates. The cost to rent a paddle raft can be split between the number of paddlers the raft will accomodate. There are rentals avaialable in Moab, GJ or Salt Lake City. In SLC or GJ, check with university outdoor programs for very affordable boat rentals.
If you rent a paddle raft, depending on size, 12-16', it can accomodate 4-8 paddlers. If you rent an iflatable kayak (IK) I strongly recommend a single rather than a 2-person kayak. Even the best of friends or marital partners are likely to want to Kill after a few hours trying to paddle together and not click, clash and slash paddle shafts and blades with one another.
- rafts (11' - 16'; suggest 12-14' either as a paddle raft or with rowing frame)
- inflatable kayaks
- solo or tandem canoes (if you have some experience in the canoe)
Please do not bring boats that are obviously 'pool toy' quality. While there is not much chance of damage from rocks, a boat can be damaged or destroyed by
- leaving it in the hot sun while off the river, expanding air pressure bursting the boat
- sticks, limbs and bushes that can easily puncture an inexpensive vynal craft
If this day goes as I would like to see, we will switch around throughout the day so many participants get opportunities to paddle an IK, possibly a canoe, paddle raft; and, that as many as possible swap around so we get a lot of people some degree of raft rowing experience.
- A boat or make accomodation so that you will have a seat in some boat to start the day down the river. Hopefully we will trade around a lot along the way.
- Personal Floatation Device (PFD; type III life jacket)
- Helmet (suggested but not required since we are probably not expecting class III)
- Bailing bucket with very light weight (easily breakable) cord for use in canoes or 'bucket boat' rafts
- Sun hat (broad brimmed), sun glasses (preferably polarized), sun screen/ lotion
- Long & short pants and shorts that can get wet (to protect those body parts from sun)
- Fleece or other non-cotton light weight jacket in case you get chilled after getting wet; intentionally or not.
- Light weight gloves (cheap white gloves from Lowe's or HomeDepot) to protect hands against sun burn
- River shoes, old sneakers, sandals (sandals only recommended on class II or lower rivers. Sandals can too easily get stuck on things, straps come unfastened, etc.
- Light weight, white socks to be worn for sun protection on ankles and in between sandal straps; or wet suit booties
- Drinking water (at least 3 qts/ person; preferably 1 gallon/ person)
- Lunch and snacks
- Beach games (frisbee, beach croquet, etc.)
- Dry bag or triple plastic bag inside a stuff sack to keep stuff dry
CAR CAMPING (and Saturday night BBQ/ shared food suggestions):
I suggest that we car camp at least Saturday night so as to be around for more boating or other Moab-area-type outdoor fun on Sunday. Lets plan on a 'shared' meal of BBQ foods, big fresh salads, maybe baked potatoes and lucious summery desserts.
It may be necessary to ask someone to go over Friday to attempt to reserve some camping space for a large group. I am not very familiar with Moab-area camping so your suggestions, experience and input will be appreciated in advance as well as the day(s)of the even allowed in areas we will be, please plan to leave FIDO homeFIDO home.
We will see if we can find cheap or free camping; but be preapred to pay something for this.
If you alone, or as part of a group (paddle raft) need torent a boat, there will be that expense.
Your contribution for group food (?) or food costs for what you bring.
Doug Van Etten [masked]