Western River Expeditions reports that spring runoff from the Rocky Mountains into the Colorado and Green Rivers bodes well for an average to above-average rafting season.
“We want to get this upbeat report out to rafting enthusiasts who may be concerned that the drought menacing California waters has spread into Utah’s river system,” says Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions. “An above-average snowpack in the Northern and Central Rockies means we’ll have the best season in years for rafting on the Green and Colorado river systems in Utah.”
- 1995 = 117 percent of normal; peak Cataract flow = 80,700 cfs
- 1989 = 116 percent of normal; peak Cataract flow = 16,310 cfs
“These are the two extremes, but my money is on a decent water year. In most years when the snow pack is over 100 percent at this point, we end up peaking with at least 50,000 cfs in Cataract. Our reservations staff is optimistically advising clients thatColoradois doing better than just about everywhere else in the West,” he adds.
While Grand Canyon has the name recognition when it comes to river rafting, Utah’s Cataract Canyon is often overlooked. Cataract Canyon splits through the heart ofCanyonlandsNational Park inviting boaters to experience both whitewater thrills and eye-popping off-river jaunts.