Gates of Lodore
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Gates of Lodore River Rafting Guide + Map
Float from western Colorado, through high desert canyons, past the confluence of the Yampa River and into Utah on this classic southwest river. Named from the John Wesley Powell expedition in 1869, the Gates of Lodore section of the Green River is a not-to-be-missed family adventure. The class II sections are fun in inflatable kayaks and stand up paddleboards, while the class III rapids are enough to keep everyone excited about whitewater.
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Lodore Canyon – Class II & III
Andrew Hall was a member of John Wesley’s Powell expedition. The canyon reminded him of a poem by Robert Southey, “The Cataract of Lodore” which we write about here. So impressed by the canyon’s entrance, John Wesley Powell was the one that gave it “The Gates” portion of the name.
Whirlpool Canyon – Class II
Another name coming from the John Wesley Powell expedition, Whirlpool Canyon was the proposed site for a hydroelectric dam. This proposal was heavily fought by conservationists eventually ending in its saving.
Split Mountain – Class II & III
The whitewater picks up a bit from here until takeout. Keep in mind, if you are on a multi-day trip, then you are not permitted to camp anywhere in this section. Please keep in mind, this is the abbreviated version of Split Mountain. Click here for the full Split Mountain guide.