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Paddling a canoe or touring kayak on the calm waters of the Green River is one of the best ways to experience the privacy of this flat water wilderness at your own pace. We can help you organize and outfit your canoe camping trip, including the vehicle shuttles. This is Labyrinth Canyon.
This is a self guided trip and requires some canoe and camping skills. When you think Moab Utah camping, don’t rule out this possibility. The river current is a help but paddling is required. Excellent guide maps are available.
Fitness Level: Good to average. Hiking is available throughout the canyon. Desert rivers are warm from about mid-June to mid-September.
Your personalized canoeing adventure will begin at the Tag-A-Long office in Moab where your gear will be loaded into our shuttle vehicles for the drive to the launch site of your choice. Your private canoeing expedition can last anywhere from two days to longer depending on the launch site you choose.
On your scheduled last day, you will be picked up by a Tag-A-Long according to prearranged times and destination. Your canoes and equipment will be loaded and you are generally returned to the Tag-A-Long office to either return our driver or unload into your vehicles that were parked on our premises during your trip.
To keep this area pristine for your next expedition, there are several rules and regulations that govern your journey.
BLM permits for paddling in Labyrinth Canyon can be obtained for free at https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/LabyrinthPermitFinalForm.pdf . Please completely fill out your permit and read all the stipulations and requirements on your permit. We are required to check that you have all the necessary equipment such as spare PFD’s, fire pan, toilet, etc. before we can take you to the put-in.
Fire pans and toilets are mandatory. Tag-A-Long Expeditions has these for rent. Use only driftwood or down and dead tamarisk for firewood. The ashes should should be carried out in your trash. Please be aware of all fire restrictions that may be in force at the time of your trip departure.
Utah State Boating Laws (rules apply to any waterway in Utah)
If you require a canoe Tag-A-Long Expeditions rents several brands. Rentals include paddles and life jackets. You will need to bring your own lines, ropes, or straps for tying your gear into the canoe. State requires a whistle on board each craft 16′ or longer. Bring one for each rental of Mad River or Old Towne canoe(s) or for your own vessel 16′ or longer. Bring a big car wash sponge to mop any mud that might build up in the bilge. Below the Confluence, life jackets must be worn regardless of the type of craft. Children 12 years of age and younger must, by law, always wear a life jacket on all Utah State waters. TAG-A-LONG EXPEDITIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDS EVERYONE WEAR THEIR LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES WHEN CANOEING OR KAYAKING. We encourage every participant to have a whistle attached to your lifejacket, too.
Your toilet system should be designed to empty into a sewer system in the same way that recreational vehicles discard refuse. Pack your toilet so it is readily available for day use as well as campsite use. Soiled feminine hygiene products should be stored in a zip-lock bag and carried out in your garbage. We have toilet systems available for rent if you do not have one.
A fire pan is required in Canyonlands National Park and the surrounding BLM lands regardless of whether or not you plan on having a fire while camping on the river or any fire restrictions that may be in effect. Fire pans must be at least 12″ in diameter and have a 2″ lip. You may bring your own, or rent one from us.
There are no designated campsites along the Green River. In order to minimize environmental impacts, we strongly recommend sandbar camping when water level permits. Set your kitchen, fire pan, and toilet system up as close to the river as possible so spring high water will erase traces of your occupancy.
We recommend a gallon of water per person per day. If your original supply of drinking water runs out, you may collect water from the center of the main channel of the river and allow it to settle overnight. Two teaspoons of Aluminum Sulfate Powder or “alum” in five gallons of water, may expedite settling river water. You should find it at a pharmacy or spice rack. Treatment for killing or removing disease-causing organisms: boil river water for ten minutes, plus one minute for every 1,000 ft elevation (Green River is at 4300′ or so) or utilize mechanical filtration plus chemical disinfection. You might want to use settled river water for cooking, coffee, or other hot beverages. Bring powdered drink mix or juice concentrates to mask the taste of chemically treated water. Reserve your containers of fresh water for hiking.
We start the shuttle services in early March and we run until late October and sometimes into November. Temperatures March to early April and late September to November average 35 – 42 degree lows. When the sun is out it is glorious. Keep feet and hands dry. Tents add warmth to sleeping arrangements. Insulated footwear for in camp will add to your comfort, but may be too warm to hike in. Tall rubber boots (ditch boots) help with muddy banks and keeping feet dry while doing camp chores. Expect frost. You may have to sleep with your personal water bottle, it may freeze if left out.
Hospitals are not immediately available to you in this wilderness area. In an emergency, you may signal aircraft with a small signal mirror or lay out a large “X” pattern on a surface which is visible to the sky. Cell phone service is generally unavailable and satellite phones are unpredictable. Assess your situation carefully. The cost for evacuation from wilderness areas is expensive!
You may obtain copies of a river map through Tag-A-Long Expeditions prior to your journey.
|Ruby Ranch – Mineral Bottom||45 miles /||2-3 days|
|Green River – Mineral Bottom||68 miles /||3-6 days|
|Moab Dock – Potash Dock||17 miles /||1-2 days|
Launch on the Green River. The road is paved to this put-in and there is an entrance fee of $4.00 per person for day use. If you camp overnight, fees are $12.00 for one site and $4.00 for each additional vehicle. Warning: Very shallow at lower water levels 1700 cfs – 2000 cfs at the Highway bridge crossing of the Green River. Check water flow.
Launch at Ruby Ranch on the Green River. Ruby Ranch is located 23 miles downstream from Green River, Utah and is a remote put-in site located some distance across dirt roads. Ruby Ranch is private property and the owners charge a fee of $10.00 per boat and $5.00 per person. You must bring the exact amount in cash.
Launch at the Moab Boat Ramp on the Colorado River. The Moab Dock is located just off Highway 191 at the intersection of Highway 128. Roads to the put-in are paved.
In planning your trip, consider that an average of 15 – 20 miles per day in a canoe is an excellent day on the river.
Almost anyone; experienced paddlers, novice paddlers, friends, families. Those who enjoy the Boundary Waters or backpacking trips will find this a special treat. These sections of river are all flat water (no rapids).
Operates Year Round
Canoe Rentals: (click on the name for dimensions)
Canoe Seat Backs
Only fits Old Town and Mad River Canoes
55 QT Food Cooler
5 Gallon Water Jug
$347.52 per vehicle round trip in your vehicle
$86.88 per person round trip in our vehicle (Canoe and Kayak transfer)
Possible $325.80 additional charge per Raft (conditions apply, contact us for details)
20% deposit due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Balance due the day of departure.
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