Rapids and more rapids
To reach the rapids in Cataract Canyon you must first float the lazy waters of either Meander Canyon on the Colorado or Stillwater on the Green. Neither are scary sounding but don’t get too complacent. After the confluence of the two rivers, everything changes and depending on levels, the river can surprise you with up to Class V rapids.
Water level fluctuations are extreme and the river wears many faces so do your research. Depending on where you put in you will float about 95 river miles. In just 14 miles of those miles, you'll find 29 rapids.
The most common launch is from Potash on the Colorado. You can also launch from Mineral Bottom on the Green. Please note, Hite Marina is defunct due to low lake levels and we will shuttle all cars to the North Wash/Dirty Devil take out on river right just upstream from Hite Marina. At present, the NPS website still states that Hite Marina is still the takeout.
Permits and Regulations
You need a permit for the stretch in Canyonlands National Park and all boaters on Lake Powell must comply with Glen Canyon's mussel regulations. Please read your permit carefully as there are too many specification for me to rewrite here.
There are no designated campsites along the rivers in Canyonlands. During periods of high water, camps can be difficult to find, especially for large groups. During late summer and fall, sandbars are usually plentiful and make ideal camps. Please make sure you are aware of upstream controlled water releases before your trip as they can affect river levels dramatically.
All overnight trips are required to bring either a washable, reusable toilet or approved system that uses enzymes to break down waste suitable for the landfill. Firepans are required as well.
From Potash to Dirty Devil or North Wash: $330 for one car and $230 each for two or more cars.
From Mineral Bottom to Dirty Devil or North Wash: $265 each with a two car minimum.
Note: There is an additional charge for oversized vehicles and trailers with vehicles on them. There is no charge for empty trailers.
Another Note: All changes must be made prior to launch. You cannot just leave a note or a message about a new key hiding place, takeout date or cancellation. You must receive confirmation that the information was received from the office before you launch. There is no cell service at many of the launches, including Ruby Ranch, Potash and Mineral Bottom.