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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.
Most Cataract Canyon trips put in at Potash, Moab, Green River, or Mineral Bottom. Past Cataract Canyon, boaters usually take out at Lake Powell from the North Wash (aka Dirty Devil) Take Out. This take-out is primitive and unimproved. 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.
Due to the presence of invasive mussels in Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona laws require boaters to clean, drain, and dry their vessels after takeout. All boaters on Lake Powell must comply with Glen Canyon's mussel regulations.
Distances and Flows
Check float times for distances and suggested number of days to complete a Cataract Canyon trip.
Below are 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. River users must register for camps below the Confluence.
List of Cataract Canyon Campsites
Campsites are located from the Danger Sign to North Wash. Mileage based on Belknap River Guidebook.
Water Level Key:
Last updated: July 31, 2023