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)