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Lodore Canyon

One of My Favorite Green River Campsites

Near the campsite in Lodore.

This is the river right near one of my favorite campsites on the Green River in Lodore Canyon.  I’ve camped here many times.  There’s often a long beach right in front of this campsite to play on, sleep on or just hang out on.  Like many places in Lodore, there are lot’s of trees and campsites on the river right along with a trail to a nice overlook.

My first time to camp here was in the sleet on my very first Outward Bound training river trips in the early 90’s.  It was early season and it was very cold.  I remember this day as being fairly nice during the day, but that changed quickly as the evening wore on.  I also remember having a leak in my bike water bottle that as tied to a boat, hanging in the river.  Without looking, I pulled it up, opened it and took a big swig of river sand.  yuck.

There’s also a nice hike up to an overlook which is fabulous for taking pictures!

The Green River is one of my favorites because it’s a clear, low volume, technical alpine river, which is what I spent most of my life on.  Also, much like the middle fork of the Salmon.  I find them to be so much fun!  Don’t get me wrong, as I also really love the high volume dessert rivers too, but these are different and incredibly special.

 

Campsite on the Green River Lodore Canyon river overlook

Gates of Lodore on the Green River

Heading towards the Gates of Lodore on the Green River.

Headed Towards the Gates of Lodore

This was a really fun summer trip on the Green River through the Canyon of Lodore.  This was just after launching and we are still in the flats headed toward the Gates.  This is one of my favorite rivers because of the low volume and technical nature of it.  It’s really fun to be able to truly navigate a river around the bends, eddies, rocks, currents, etc.  It reminds me a great deal of the Arkansas River in Bunea Vista, CO, where I spent most of my river time…

Mid way through, the Yampa River joins it in Echo Park and increases the volume.  You can drive into Echo Park and camp, hike, climb, etc, but floating through it is the best.  On Steamboat Rock, you can see some old climbing gear (webbing mostly) hanging about halfway up that is rumored to belong to Layton Kor, but who knows.  Maybe he can confirm?

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