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Smacked a ditch in the Insight and had to go back to GR to get it checked out. So I was late getting started again. But water was 800cfs so I made it out in 3.5h at sunset. Did the bike shuttle in the dark, which was fun and cooler but pushed bedtime to midnight. Some good wildflowers on the drive in, a rattlesnake in the road, and a dead black-tailed jackrabbit, plus good river wildlife (lots of beaver again).

Launched at about 5pm and camped at late sunset after 3.5-hours of fairly steady paddling on good water (roughly 220cfs). Lots of great wildlife: 7-8 beavers, wild turkey, tiny ducklings, deer, as well as new baby cows. The cow-beaver combo is decimating the cottonwoods, and lots of them end up in the river. Would be a good project to take out the emerging Russian Olive before it leaves the treasure hunt stage and becomes a big hassle. Finished the run with less than 1.5-hrs of paddling in the morning, then pedaled the shuttle back to Fuller Bottom in about 2-hrs. Found the real dinosaur track, and spent a little time looking more closely at the Buckhorn Rock Art Panel--it's impressive. Headed to the Wedge Overlook on the way out and met a giant truck and its cheerful driver: he had been delivering solar panels to a massive nearby installation and though he'd see the sights. Good thing his PR grandmother taught him how to drive loads on tiny roads!

This was my first time kayaking, and it was great! Floated in an inflatable kayak with a 6" skeg. River flow was about 240 CFS. I drug the bottom twice, mostly because I choose my route poorly. It took me about six hours with no stops to go from Fullers Bottom to the bridge. There was a good mix of lazy river and strong ripples, I can't quite call it white water. Overall, a very pleasant float, and I would definitely do this again.



Ran with Michele. Great to be back after so long! Lots of water, with fairly stout swirls and eddies and a few easily avoided strainers.

About 580cfs. Several long breaks with a 5 year old and 6 year old. About 7 hours.

Camped at one of the sites on the way to the canyon, had an enormous stack of firewood which was pretty awesome and unexpected.

Water was around 1200 cfs, we could have done this in one day if we tried. Stopped at mile 4.5 where there was a lovely lunch spot. I would camp/backpack into Virgin and stay in the alcove that is there rather than where we went if I had to do it all over again.


560's flow, Gnar group of 24. Little muddy on the roads, but overall great flow.

First time floating the river. Dropped in farther upstream, great campsite. 20 mile bike shuttle took about 2 hours, ride was just fine and totally doable. flow was 515ish,

5 hours at 900 cfs.

Floated one time many years ago with Kevin. Used tractor tube from Jeff's Repair.

Between 6.5 and 7 hours at about 170 CFS with a couple of short breaks. With Cristina, Roman, and Abby

About 5.5-6 hours at about 550CFS with Cristina and Lucy with a couple of breaks.

I had dreamed about floating this river ever since I was a boy and had looked down upon the river from the Wedge Overlook. Finally, after years of dreaming I rounded up a group to do this float. It was so fun and so beautiful! I just Can't get enough of the SRS

So much fun. My wife and I went to help chaperon a youth group and had a blast.