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Paddle Fruita to Loma and optional self rescue training/practice

Paddle on Colorado River

Short, quick trip after work on a hot day

Let's put in at the Hwy 340 bridge over the river and just do the little 4+/- mile float to Loma Landing. This will be a great section for some self rescue and flip practice. So if you would like to learn, teach, or brush up on your whitewater rescue skills, come join us. 


Boats of choice might include:

  • Solo or tandem canoe (if you know what you are doing in moving water)
  • Inflatable kayak
  • Rowed raft
  • Paddle raft
  • Kayak (if you know how to handle swift flat water and can maneuver the boat where you need it to go)
  • Alpacka pack raft
  • Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) - these can be rented from Rim Rock Adventures. (With WSA you MUST wear A PFD while SUPping)


So the plan for the evening will be:

  • Meet at 6 PM at the put-in, dirt parking spot on east side of Hwy 340 bridge over Colorado River; north side of the river.
  • Off-load boats, gear and any spare people.
  • Drivers take cars to Loma Landing and leave as many vehicles there as possible
  • Float this little 4 mile section and practice flipping, righting, and getting back into your boat if you wish.
  • Take out at Loma Landing, everyone help to disassemble and pack boats. Return drivers to up-river cars.


We will be careful not to miss the Loma take-out (or have camping gear stashed in the boat for a trip all the way to Westwater ranger station, the Ruby-Horsethief take-out).



  • Boat of choice
  • Bow & stern lines on that boat (this is a safety item you owe it to yourself and you owe it to potential rescuers to have on your boat. 6'-8' line on each end, please)
  • Appropriate paddles &/or oars (and a spare. Among kayaks, 1 spare/ 3 boats is pretty standard. Spare oar/ raft.) 
  • PFD- personal flotation device otherwise known as a Life jacket (must be worn, properlyon all WSA boating events)
  • Throw bag (for those experienced boaters who own them)
  • Incidental items (bug juice, sun screen, pocket knife, spare small diameter cord, other items you may think helpful)
  • Clothing and footwear that can get wet; and footwear that can get muddy. Nylon shorts dry much quicker than cotton. Sandals OK (no flip-flops, w/o back strap please). Spare dry clothing in dry bag or car.
  • Sun protection (long sleeves, broad-brimmed hat, sun screen, etc as you may need)
  • Bug Juice (you never know if buggies may be especially at a launch or take-out site, in or near brush or bushes)
  • Finger food, home-baked goods, melon, etc and beverages (non-adult on the river, please) for yourself and to share. Need a trash bag or two.


FIDO & the KIDS:

They are welcome as long as they can stay in or get back into the boat. Property fitting PDF required for the kids and not a bad idea for FIDO if s/he comes along.


In your RSVP please state what kind of boat you will be bringing, if you have room in that boat for passengers. If you do not have a boat, look for 'passenger offers' and respond.

Another option is to rent a 1 or 2 person IK from Rim Rock Adventures (right across the river from where we will launch)


Stacie Boyles[masked]




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to Stacie for allowing me to tag along in her boat(s)

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Susan Law C.

    Wonderful evening, loved every minute. Thank you Mary for letting me borrow your canoe. It is already hoisted onto the ceiling of our garage waiting for its next play date. Be safe on Deso!

    2 · July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful nite of rafting, rainy but beautiful skies, fun group, saw an eagle & lots of herons, thanx, Stacie for getting this together!

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Mary h.

    What a glorious night. Lightning around but not over us, some rain drops, a warm night and enough current to move us along. Great Blue Herons on the ground and flying overhead. Did note that there will be enough trash to pick up come the River Cleanup day come August 10th. It's on the WSA Calendar so if you didn't get to come last night then here is a chance to see the river and help bring it back to its full beautiful self.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    What a great night! It only rained for a few minutes, then we had a beautiful sunset. It was fun to see the bottom side of the rafts.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    10 people, or was it 11, in 9 boats - what an evening. We had a tandem canoe (rented from CMU for only $10/day), 3 solo canoes, 3 (or more?) inflatable kayaks (IKs), 2 rafts. Good times had by all. The water level spiked some time THURS at 3400 cfs but when I looked before our trip it was 3050 cfs. Low and scrapy many places but lots of places there was water more than head deep. Just a few tiny surf riffles and a few good mini-ferrying, peel-out and s-turn practice spots, but I had to look hard for them and cross the river side to side many times to get from one min-play feature to another. Congrats to Susan Capps for her 1st evening in Mary's spare solo canoe - way to go Susan. And, good job Barbara for only about your 4th time in an IK. Way to go all !!!

    July 19, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Nice cool and cloudy evening, just right for a river run, a little rain at the start but the heavy weather stayed to the east of us. Shuttle worked like a charm. Nice going all.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Carl

    Mary H said that she would bring me a boat. One last outing before I leave town.

    July 18, 2013

  • mary b.

    Separated my shoulder in a bike wreck, so I don't think I will be able to do this.

    July 17, 2013

    • Mary h.

      Dang Mary. I know how much that hurts - did both shoulders in separate bike incidents. May you find relief soon!

      July 18, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Sorry to hear that, Mary.

      July 18, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Bringing 2-person canoe and 1 guest, meetup wouldn't add guest to participant total.

    July 16, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    I will be bringing the 9' and 12' rafts to practice with. I can accommodate about 4 paddlers, but keep in mind I will be flipping these boats, so plan on swimming.

    July 3, 2013

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