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Westwater Canyon

Westwater Canyon: Details

For Experienced boaters, you really can’t beat the endless challenges that Westwater Canyon Provides. A 17 mile canyon in Utah, Westwater Canyon can be dangerous, challenging and needs to be respected but if you’re up for it, we highly recommend it. You must grab a permit to run the Westwater Canyon and you need to act fast as the available spots tend to fill up quickly, during high season, only 5 permits are granted per day. Once your permit is granted, you’ll want to read through the Westwater Canyon Use Stipulations – due to environmental concerns and natural resource protections, there are some rules of the road that you need to live by. There is also a ranger station at the Put-in and they thoroughly enjoy checking your boats for permits, proper safety gear etc so just be prepared. The good news is that the rangers are also extremely knowledgable on the day-to-day conditions of the river – water levels etc. Also, for those of you who love your dog(s) as much as we do, please be aware that dogs are not permitted in the Westwater Canyon. When we first floated this section of river we had to keep our dogs at the local dog care provider in Moab – she is very friendly and the dogs were well taken care of.
The eleven rapids in the canyon range in difficulty and go up to Class IV. Please review our interactive map for locations but in order:

  • Wild Horse
  • Little Dolores
  • Marble Canyon
  • Staircase
  • Big Hummer
  • *Funnel Falls
  • Surprise
  • *Skull
  • Bowling Alley
  • *Sock it to Me
  • Last Chance

*These rapids seem to give the most headaches to boaters but be advised that they all have their own unique challenges. As stated above, the rangers at the put in are a good source for information on the day of your float.
Once you have a permit you can choose to run a day trip or an overnight trip. For those of you who want to camp (highly recommended as always), you’ll have a few options for camp sites. You can again visit our interactive map for a list of locations and names. However, let it be known that if you do decide to camp, the rangers will assign campsites in the order of launch – this first come, first serve procedure was something that we did not anticipate but really, you can’t go wrong no matter where you end up camping.

For up-to-date flow data on the Westwater Canyon and to get detailed information & Directions, please visit our Westwater Canyon Flow Map.

INTERACTIVE UTAH RIVER MAP