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Raft the Green River - Gates of Lodore

  • Sep 2, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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                       Raft or Kayak the Green River - Gates of Lodore

This river is a good place to acquire and/or develop your rowing &/or inflatable kayaking or whitewater canoeing skills. Many types and sizes of boats can be on this section of river, somewhat depending on water level.


According to the web site American Whitewater:

The Green River through Gates of Lodore is a popular multi-day float trip, known for its easy rapids, nice scenery, varied wildlife sightings, moderate hiking and interesting historical locations.

Map of Gates of Lodore

View a Google map of Gates of Lodore on the Green River

A member of John Wesley Powell's expedition, named The Gates of Lodore after a poem called, "The Cataract of Lodore," by Robert Southey.

The Canyon of Lodore lies in the upper end of the Dinosaur National Monument, which was created in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1938 the park was enlarged to include this incredible canyon and the Yampa River.


Launch on September 2;

Plan on 5 river days through September 7

A travel day(s) to and from the river may need to be added, depending on where you are coming from and other details.


First preference will be given to people with a raft and rafting experience.

There are a few questions you will be asked to please respond to when you do RSVP. You need to please respond to each of those.

In your RSVP please make note of what type and size of boat you are bringing; or, if you are not bringing a boat, let us know that too.

If you are not bringing a boat but you have class II-III rowing skills and could row a rented raft or be a back-up rower for a raft already going along, please note that in your RSVP comments.


In addition to the permit fee (which I believe is covered by the deposit), the group will split the cost of the shuttle ($150-$200 per vehicle), the camping fee, and a contingency fund to cover the cost of damage to, or loss, of equipment.

Depending on how many people come along, we may divide the group up into cooking teams, each responsible for preparing a certain number of meals.  Each cooking team will purchase food for their meals and share the cost.Another option is to do solo or couples meals; all depending on who is going.

When we have a better idea of how many vehicles are going, the group can decide how they want to handle the cost of getting to and from the trip.


We may have a meeting in mid-August to iron out some of the details such as equipment, shuttle, etc.


Click the bolded word weather to see the forecast and be able to look at historical weather information. Just let it be known, it will be HOT and we will spend lots of time in the water.


Laney Heath email via WSA website (Kris Frame is permit holder)


Water flow & level

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Raft the Green River-Gates of Lodore

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  • Paul S

    I wound up with some extra items that aren't mine...a slotted spoon (probably Bill's), 2 water bottles (one with ALASKA phrase, probably Doug's or Rich's and a blue Nalgene water bottle. Confirm and I'll get them to you!

    September 11, 2014

  • Laney H.

    Excellent trip! With 5 days on the river, we had time to relax, hike and run some pretty exciting rapids without feeling rushed. Thanks, Kris for your organization and permit. Wonderful group of fun folks! I'm wondering how I lost weight on the trip with all of the great food?? Maybe 'cause I forgot to bring the beer, left sitting in the fridge!

    September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An excellent experience with a fun group. It couldn't have been better!

    September 8, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    fantastic trip, great creaw, river/rapids, weather and food (I went to the gym this morning to start trimming off the extra 4# I came home with). Thanks for sharing your permit and doing the organizing, Kris. Thanks too, to all involved who helped to make it such a memorable trip. To the parents and kids --- Awesome --- I really enjoyed having families on the trip :-)

    American Whitewater web site says Green River swang from 1680 to 2600 cfs on a daily basis then the Yamapa added about 440 cfs where it merged in at Steamboat Rock.

    September 8, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Classic trip through a beautiful canyon. Could not have been much better. Thanks Kris for organizing this trip!!

    September 8, 2014

  • Bill B.

    We had a terrific trip. Good company, good food (and plenty of it), fun rapids, good hikes from camp, mostly fine weather: there is nothing more to ask for. Thanks Kris for putting this wonderful adventure together! It was great to meet some new folks and float with some familiar boaters, too. It was quite cool having young, well-behaved, bright and charming little kids along. WooHoo!

    September 7, 2014

  • Paul S

    What a wonderful trip. Kris thanks for organizing. Hermano Rich very much enjoyed his first river trip ever. Great selection of campsites (Kolb, Rippling Brook 2, Jones Hole 4 and Island Park). About 3000 CFS.

    September 7, 2014

  • Kris F.

    Hi everyone -- we are having an organizational meeting at my house for this trip -- next Tuesday evening, July 29th, at 6:30. My address is 3264 Monte Vista Circle, Montrose, CO, 81401.

    Folks may want to carpool from Grand Junction. Please come if you can. I will be passing on info to those not present by email.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kris F.

    Sorry, but this trip is currently full.

    July 15, 2014

  • Kris F.

    Right now we are at 14 committed people with 4 possibly full rafts (7 people with 2 rafts are not yet part of the WSA). Adding Paul's brother we are at 15. So I'm thinking there is room for only 3 more people with their own craft(s).

    1 · July 11, 2014

  • Kris F.

    Hi folks -- I hold the permit for this trip and am the trip leader. My understanding is this run requires a permit year round and this permit is for what is considered the high use season. Aside WSA there are at least 3 others -- 1 raft with 3 people committed. At least 2 other rafts with up to 6 people have also been invited. Priority will be given to people with rafts, their passengers, and the experience to row up this stretch. At this point I don't know if there will be room for passengers. With regards to whether one can run Dinosaur twice in the same season I agree with Doug's post, you should search out the answer with Dinosaur National Monument. I think we will be cutting this off around 18 people to keep the trip fun and manageable.

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's what I want! An Aire Puma!! :-)

      July 10, 2014

    • Paul S

      Kris, thank you so much for leading this event. This canyon is a gem and a rare opportunity!

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to go on this trip but I was on the Yampa in June. I think that means I can't go on Lodore. Is that correct, does anyone know for certain?

    July 9, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      My understanding is that since this trip is after the July 15th (or so) prime season deadline, anyone can go on a trip this time of year. That is the way it was explained to me 2 years ago when I did the Yampa early season and late season. But, just call Dino River Office and they will tell the straight story.

      July 10, 2014

  • Paul S

    I'd like to invite my brother Rich, who would join WSA separately and RSVP separately, he would be one of my passengers.

    July 3, 2014

  • marti and john c.

    Bummer Laney. We are doing a main Salmon trip at that time. If it falls through we'll check back with you. John & Marti.

    July 2, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    I can paddle a solo canoe like the one in the photo above or a single or double IK (we have both) or I can row our 11.5' raft and carry group gear though no passenger.

    July 1, 2014

  • Mary h.

    I'd like to go on this trip but the University starts up mid-August. Another year perhaps.

    July 1, 2014

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