Cataract Canyon

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Get ready for your backcountry whitewater trip to Cataract Canyon. Helpful tips and advice provided in this video will help you plan your trip and Leave No Trace while out in these pristine areas.


Cataract Canyon contains 14 miles of rapids ranging in difficulty up to Class V. It is a particularly hazardous and isolated section of the Colorado River and is subject to extreme water level fluctuations.

You must have a river permit for all trips through Cataract Canyon. People interested in boating through Cataract Canyon should also read about the flatwater as these sections cannot be bypassed.

Most Cataract Canyon trips put in at Potash, Moab, Green River, or Mineral Bottom. The usual take-out for Cataract trips is Hite Marina on Lake Powell. Boaters should be aware of lake conditions as they will affect the final day(s) of your trip.

While hiking trails lead to the rivers from each of the districts, these trails are too long and rugged to be seriously considered for shuttles, even for inflatables and other lightweight boats.

Mussel Advisory

All boaters on Lake Powell must comply with Glen Canyon's mussel regulations.

a yellow raft passes through a whitewater section on a river
A raft hits the top of Big Drop Two during high water

NPS Photo by Travis Poulson

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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