Best Waterways in Utah

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Utah, Herriman

00 :10 hrs
0.4 mi
25.051392 ft

This is a small reservoir located in Herriman. It is perfect for a family outing. There is a nice sandy beach where you can swim, paddle or just picnic. You'll find restrooms, concessions, gazebos with tables and a playground. Gates are open from 7:30am-9:00pm. Expect crowds during the busy summer months.


Utah, Weber County

02 :60 hrs
6.7 mi
6.5498047 ft

Causey Reservoir is located near Ogden. It is long and narrow as it stretches into three different canyons. Paddling the shoreline you will be surrounded by steep, forested, valley terrain. Wakeless speeds only are allowed. Fishing and swimming are popular.


Utah, Summit County

00 :32 hrs
1.2 mi
0.80810547 ft

This popular lake high in Uinta Mountains is located off the Mirror Lake Highway. It offers a beautiful setting for paddling. There is a boat ramp and the lake is open to non-motorized watercrafts. There is a campground with restrooms. During the summer this lake sees a lot of visitors.


Utah, Rich County

19 :07 hrs
45 mi
0.00036621094 ft

Bear Lake is one of the largest Lakes in Utah . It has some great paddling, but the water is choppy, cold and it is quite windy. Weather tends to change quickly at this elevation, so be prepared. There is many put in points. This large and beautiful lake provides absolutely amazing views.


Utah, Utah County

00 :15 hrs
0.6 mi
1.4018555 ft

Located up American Fork Canyon Tibble Fork Reservoir is a scenic place to paddle with an excellent backdrop of Mt. Timpanogas. There is a variety of recreation like fishing, horseback riding trails, camping, hiking, and picnicking. There is no boat ramp but carry in access is easy. There are restroom facilities and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. During the summer expect to see lots of people. Fires and camping are not permitted at the lake, but there are many places close by.


Utah, Daggett County

03 :25 hrs
7 mi
26.12732 ft

The Green River is a popular and classic river that flows south out of the spectacular Wind River Mountain Range. This section begins at the Flaming Gorge Dam and is a beautiful run that is good for beginners and family trips. It flows through Red Canyon with steep walls that rise high above the river. It can be busy during the summer as this is a popular and famous section for fishing. There are raft/boat rentals available at Flaming Gorge Resort. There is good opportunity of seeing deer, moose, big horn sheep and other wildlife.


Utah, San Juan County

05 :35 hrs
14 mi
167.7605 ft

This was a sea kayaking trip that we started from Stanton Primitive Campground after renting a 2 person sea kayak at the marina. It's a long but easy paddle. The views are great, and since it was late summer the boat traffic was minimal due to kids being back in school. Unfortunately we didn't get far into the canyon due to time constraints, but we did see a coyote roaming the shore from just about 100 ft away! As with any other trip here pack the usual supplies for any backcountry trip into dry bags and take them along.


Utah, Kane County

10 :29 hrs
13.1 mi
8.11377 ft

Paddling the waters of Lake Powell is an unforgettable experience. Beginning at Bullfrog Marina this multi-day paddle visits a beautiful and remote canyon. Smith Fork Canyon is intimate, with several sharp curves and narrows the further you paddle. It offers excellent camping but beaches will vary depending on the water level. There is an enjoyable slot canyon that begins about one mile beyond the high water mark. Be cautious paddling in the main channel. Wind and boat traffic can create dangerous conditions quickly.


Wyoming, Sweetwater County

11 :07 hrs
27.8 mi
2.0421143 ft

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is located in southwest Wyoming and northeast Utah and offers abundant opportunity for water recreation. There are four boat ramps located in Wyoming allowing paddlers access to many different parts of the lake. The lake is made up of many channels and canyons for visitors to explore. The Firehole Canyon launch is located on the northeast side of the lake and offers a boat launch, restrooms, picnic sites, and campgrounds. Flaming Gorge is popular for many water sports and there are larger boats on the lake including houseboats so it is important to pay attention to other boaters while on the lake. Open water crossings may be necessary depending on the route being traveled.


Utah, Garfield County

06 :08 hrs
7.7 mi
28.941162 ft

Located on Lake Powell Lost Eden Canyon is a short paddle but is worth exploring. Beginning at Bullfrog marina this canyon has watercaves, mines and slot canyons. There aren’t very good options for camping in the canyon but it will depend on water level. Be cautions in the main channel. Wind and boat traffic can create dangerous conditions quickly.

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