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WESTWATER

Colorado River - utah
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 9 a.m.
Class
III to IV
Hard
Length
17.0
Miles
Gradient
10.0
Feet / Mile
Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 4250 cfs
Average 8000 cfs
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Current Weather 99° Hot
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Westwater Canyon is carved by the Colorado River through the desert of the eastern Colorado Plateau.  The Colorado Plateau spans a large area surrounding the intersection of the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona and is flush with numerous geographic wonders.  The basement rock in the heart of the canyon reveals exposed black granite from the Proterzoic era; rock 1.75 billion years old found in few places on the Colorado River outside of the Grand Canyon. The upper canyon is composed of sandstone.  Bring your geologist friends and let them gush effusively over the impressive unconformities and textbook examples of geologic uplift as you float through this remarkable desert canyon. Weather on the river today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 99. south wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Colorado River. The Westwater is also ideal for multi day paddlers as the run features numerous campsites. Campers will find 8 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 17 miles of the beautiful Colorado River.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December



Streamflow Conditions

The Westwater is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 4250cfs, about -41% below the average runnable rate of 8000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Westwater are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Colorado River Near Cisco, Ut.


Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 1000cfs and a high of 16000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 10 class III to IV obstacles as they float down this 17 mile stretch of the Colorado River.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Marble Class III to IV Feet
Staircase Class III to IV Feet
Big Hummer Class III to IV Feet
Funnel Class III to IV Feet
Surprise Class III to IV Feet
Skull Class III to IV Feet
Bowling Alley Class III to IV Feet
Sock It To Me Class III to IV Feet
Last Chance Class III to IV Feet
Little Dolores Rapid Class III to III+ 4248.46 Feet


Weather Overview: 99° Today, Hot

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning. to sunny and hot, with a high near 99. south wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 100° - 99°



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