Second Annual Moab Daily River paddling, rowing, training and FUN

  • June 8, 2013 · 6:00 AM
  • Starvin Arvin's

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.

WHEN/WHERE:

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.

BOATS:

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.

Appropriate boats:

  • 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.

BRING:

  • 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.

COSTS:

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.

CONTACT:

Doug Van Etten [masked]

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  • Stacie B.

    I was playing around on the Moab Action Shots website today and found some great pictures of our daily trip. Here's a link. Pages 15 and 16 have some good flips.
    http://www.moabactionshots.com/search.php?search=06-08-2013&match_type=all&gid_search=71&gid=&sgid=&startat=255&perpage=15&page_num=18&sort_by=

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's uncanny, but ropes in water can act like snakes, wrapping themselves around swimmers' legs or arms. There was a case in Westwater a few years ago -- guy had loose line floating in water, flipped in Skull, the rope wrapped around his leg as the inverted raft hung up on something near the Rock of Shock (by the Room of Doom). He didn't have a knife. A kayaker made close to him, tossed him a knife, but he couldn't get it. He hung there plastered against the wall for about an hour, until hypothermia finally sapped him and he slid under.

    The lady in question at White's -- her rope was at least 15-20 ft., from a throw bag that was not cinched closed properly. Regarding the one death I know of at White's, it was not actually a drowning -- guy in his early/ate '50s flipped and got maytagged (churned) in White's hole, and suffered a heart attack from the stress.

    June 10, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      My point exactly on the rope - 15-20'; not my suggested 6-8 feet of large diameter floating line fastened under a bungie or other lash point bow and stern.

      June 10, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    The general safety talk in the morning did things like keep our swimmers and ALL their paddles together, keep feet down stream on at least 2 swimmers who told me that but more detail soon before the rapid could have helped. As for ropes, the way I deal with that is they are short, no more than 6-8' with one on each end and preferably large diameter floating line (look on my raft and IK both on the river that day). That gives a swimmer or rescuer something to grab &/or hang onto but is not likely to cause entrapment or tangling. That is based on having swam more than almost any 20 other paddlers over the past couple dozen years from solo and tandem canoes, mini-rafts, and a few large rafts.

    June 10, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Very observant and valuable comments, Travis. I was a bit distressed that we were too spread out at that point. Hard to herd 20 water cats (or rats) but we needed to do a better job for safety sake. We will know much better next time. If we do this again, at a lunch stop upriver let's have you go into detail about how to recognize the rapid coming up and safety procedures related to it.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great trip, but I think most of the boaters were a little slow to help the two swimmers who flipped at White's rapid. I've done the Daily about 50 times, and know several people who've been maytagged in the White's Hole, and there has been one drowning there. I helped the lady who flipped recover her boat -- she had a loose line in the water tethered to her boat and was holding on to that, which is actually a very dangerous situation -- there have been many drownings caused by loose lines in the water.

    The Daily is pretty safe, but as a general rule, after a flipper rapid like White's, always best for those who've run it successfully to turn around immediately and look for swimmers in the water, who may be exhausted or otherwise in need of assistance.

    2 · June 10, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Thanks to Joe and Doug for organizing, and to Stacie for being so generous with her water toys!

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Jerry Y.

      Thanks for lending me your boat.

      June 9, 2013

  • Jerry Y.

    What a fun day. The rapids were good to learn to paddle a two person kayak on. Great group of folks. Many thanks to Joe and Jenny for sponsoring the trip. Thanks to Stacie for sharing her boats and her skills. I have a lot of respect for anyone rowing that cat against the wind. And,what can I say about Doug? So, how about that weather wasn't it incredible. Just kidding Doug, thanks for your instructions and organization. It was nice to see a lot of old and new faces. Good times. Sorry for bugging out so quickly.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • susan

    perfect day to be on the river! Nice meeting some new people.Thanks Joe, Doug, & Stacie

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    Thank You for a great day on the river. Had a Great time and a BIG Thank You to Doug for pulling
    me out of the rapids, yes I got flipped out of the boat. See you all soon.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Thanks, Joe for setting up this trip! It is always so nice of everyone to share their water craft with people who want to try out an IK or a cataraft to practice paddling and rowing. I think this is one truly wonderful aspect of going on a trip with our Meet up. We're lucky to have generous folks in our group who are willing to share equipment and give pointers.Thanks to everyone who made it a great day!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • joe s.

    Thanks Doug and to everyone that showed up.. That was so much fun...............Joe

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    I, for one, will pay five bucks to the person who gets the shot of the most muy macho guy (just short of hair on his back) stepping out of his truck at the gas station, sporting hot pink toenail polish with his Tevas or flip flops!

    1 · June 8, 2013

    • Ralph

      What happens in the canyon stays in the canyon

      1 · June 8, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Great outing! Perfect weather, perfect water, perfect day all around. Not to mention the scenery down that stretch of the river... the layer upon layer of land as it shifts into distant mountains... Wowsers!

    June 8, 2013

  • Ralph

    Had a good time learning to paddle an IK in a scenic river canyon with mostly mild rapids (watch out for the big hole with a side roller).

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All in all a good day. A few learned about the power of water and went for a some unplanned swims.

    June 8, 2013

  • kathy m.

    Had a great time. Better communication about the proposed lunch site would have prevented some major hassles at the one rapid. Water and weather were perfect! The day was just what I needed after upsetting news the day before about my mom. Good times!

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Doug-we are going to start a little later with another group!! Bobbi and brian

    June 7, 2013

  • joe s.

    Well tomorrow is the day, we need to plan on meeting at Hittlle Bottom launch site no later than 8- 8:15 AM. We need to get our gear ready, boats blown up and then shuttle cars to the take out point 13 miles away.. If you get there later than 8:15 there is no way we will beat the tour company boats leaving around 9am.. We did West Water today (Friday) and the water and weather was perrrrrrfect.... Do not forget plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and possibly convertible pants with a long sleeve shirt...... Catch you on the river, happy trails,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Joe

    June 7, 2013

  • Mike

    Taking call for co worker.Looking for other job.

    June 7, 2013

  • Dave B.

    I'll bring some extra pfd's and paddles.

    June 7, 2013

  • Dave B.

    I'll meet you all at Hittle Bottom before 8:30. I'm bringing gear for the night, but have not yet committed to camping. Do we have a spot? Onion Creek sites are sometimes hard to get. I have space for a rider, call me at[masked]

    June 7, 2013

  • kathy m.

    Carli and I will be meeting you at Hittle Bottom between 8-830. Since it's about 90 min from our house, she needs the extra time @ home to do a few things. See you there!

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    From Hittle to the nice camp spots on right bank at Onion Creek is only about 3 miles. So there wouldn't be much floating on Sat. if Onion Creek is the preferred camping area. Alternatively, there is a nice camp spot just past White's Rapid (at Red Cliff's Lodge), which is about 9 miles from Hittle. HIt the eddy on right bank immediately past White's.

    June 5, 2013

    • kathy m.

      I thought the camping was going to be AFTER the float, so those who are doing a day trip can enjoy the company and still get home?

      June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    2 seats on a boat desired. Hi, 1st time on a WSA outing sounds like a great time. I'll be uisng a duckie. but a friend and 13 year old son are interested in coming but need a place on a raft. Does anyone have two spots? Thanks

    June 4, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I have 2 seats available but they will need to bring their own life jackets.

      June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. They do and we will be at the put in by 8:30.

      June 5, 2013

  • susan

    does anyone have an adult small PFD that I could borrow for the day?

    June 5, 2013

  • Susan Law C.

    We are going to leave later. So see you guys on the river.

    June 5, 2013

  • kathy m.

    I may have a friend joining me. if not, I hope to carpool. I don't think i'm camping, tho if she can't come I might.

    June 5, 2013

  • joe s.

    Kids the time is near!!! I want to re-state Doug's message, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SEAT ON A BOAT YOU MUST START MAKING PLAN'S NOW!!!! Doug is right everything will be taken very quick and you will not have a ride!!!! This is a very fun trip and the water level looks awesome do not miss this trip from lack of action!!!!! O.K. enough large case letters and exclamation marks the choice is yours,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Joe

    June 4, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    I think I'm going to camp Friday and Saturday nights at Onion Creek and do an early morning skydive Sunday if anyone wants to join me. I also still have plenty of boat space if anyone needs a seat.

    June 2, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I can set up the mini me, cat and a couple creatures for rowing. So far I only have 1 person joining me, so I have plenty of space.

      1 · June 3, 2013

    • Jerry Y.

      I was able to borrow a two person IK. So I'm set . I still hope to get some raft rowing experience. Thanks.

      June 3, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    As for camping, my favorite spot is Onion Creek. You could also put in there if you want to cut off the first few miles of flat water or start later than the rest of the group. The ramp is right before the Onion Creek rapid. I'll be happy to answer any questions also...801-391-4059. I've only run this section about 300 times:)

    May 14, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I'll be there Friday and Saturday nights.

      June 3, 2013

  • Susan Law C.

    Jet and I will do this as a day trip. We will need to get home Sat nite.

    June 3, 2013

  • Mary M.

    the boat captain says "yes" and we have friends from bluff who might join the trip; let me know if not OK-they are experienced

    June 3, 2013

  • Chuck C.

    I'll know soon which of my 3 kids are coming - how many are with me for this trip... If all 3 come, is there be a place for one of us on a raft?

    June 3, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I have a 11.5' raft that can be used as a rowed boat or as a paddle raft. I will bring parts and pieces to go either way depending on interest by some people in learning to row.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • joe s.

    O.K. kids it is time to start thinking about this coming weekend,, rafting, camping plans etc.... If you are going we need to know what you are planning so we will know what to plan for.............................

    June 2, 2013

  • joe s.

    If people need to rent a raft or inflatable kayak in Moab I would recommend Navtec Expeditions [masked], this is who I use.. If there is room I would be able to pick some peoples equipment up however it must be PAID FOR AHEAD OF TIME.............

    May 23, 2013

  • joe s.

    If people are interested in camping we need to get a discussion going, who ,where etc. I will be back in Moab starting Thursday and would be happy to do some leg work getting info....... Also now is a good time to start working out seating arrangements so far as boats,,,,,,,,,,,Joe

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    OK all -- this really is Joe Scott's trip so please address questions to Joe. I have been asked if there will be seats on rafts available - probably. Is this a good section of river to learn to row - yes, I think Stacey, who owns a # of rafts is very willing to put folks in the rowing seat and provide some rowing coaching. Any more than that I will let Stacey say for herself. Is it a good section of river for learning to inflatable kayak - Yes, you bet and that is a 'boat of choice' if you like or want to try being your own 'captain'. As for camping -- Joe since you have a house in Moab, do you plan to camp? Others plan to camp, Nancy wants to know? Nancy Or others) feel welcome to call Joe at[masked] or me, Doug at[masked]

    May 14, 2013

    • Stacie B.

      I plan to bring a 9 ft raft that will hold 4 paddlers, 12 ft raft that will hold 5 paddlers or I can figure out a frame, and 1 or 2 creature crafts to row or paddle. I might also bring my cat. There should be plenty of space for rowing practice or paddle captain practice. This is a very flat stretch so we should have a lot of time for everyone to try out different boats. I also have a couple hard shell kayaks if anyone's feeling frisky enough to try one out.

      May 14, 2013

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