Originally Posted by dang old king
Yeah that dosent sound like fun..camp huh hummm so where does one rent a boat there? or does one rent a boat?
Steve: I'm sure it was, maybe that is why they rowed past us so quickly!
You can rent pontoon boats, fly fishing rafts with rowing frames or drift boats from Trout Creek Flies and from Flaming Gorge Lodge:
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If you decide to rent a boat, I'd recommend you study these descriptions of the rapids on the "A" section before you decide to row it yourself and I would recommend having some rowing experience also. The rapids are all class I and II but they loose boats on that river every year. I'm guessing it is due to inattention or just not knowing how to avoid rocks. At the winter flow of 850 CFS there will be a lot of pillow rocks just peaking out of the surface, but are easy to avoid if you are vigilent. Take the Bridge rapid on far right, you will see a tongue of water, just line up on it and you will be fine. The rapid that always gets my attention is Mother-in-Law and there is a sign telling you that you are approaching. It starts out with a left hand turn and then sharply turns to the right with a shear rock wall on the far left side and a big rock at the bottom. I like to start this one on the right side, then as the river turns back to the right be sure to have the bow pointed at the wall so you can back peddle away from it while watching down river for the big rock. The description of the rest of the rapids sound more intimidating than they really are. The key is to pay attention and setup early. I've only rowed the "A" section at the winter flow of 850 CFS, at higher flows most of the pillow rocks will not be an issue so it should be easier to row, with the exception of the flows being a bit faster making the early setup more critical, but I did talk to a gal in a pontoon boat last year and she indicated floating the "A" section at the lower flows was actually more difficult (take that for what it is worth).
Rapids of the Green
Here are some photos of the rapids and a few boat mishaps:
I'd offer to bring my boat over and row you two down the river, but with my wife's condition I just can't commit to something like that and then have to bail out on you guys at the last minute if she takes a turn for the worse.
Here is the link to the Flaming Gorge Lodge site, they also rent boats and that is where we stay when not camping. If you desire a motel room you better reserve one early.
Rafting and Shuttle Services at Flaming Gorge Resort