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GREEN RIVER FLOAT-IN CAMPSITES, UT

part ofAshley National Forest, US Forest Service
Section A
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Take a step back in time and traverse the same scenic wonders that explorers such as John Wesley Powell and William Ashley once explored. The Green River provides spectacular fishing and river-running opportunities, as well as unique geology, outlaw history and Native American rock art. So come to navigate the waters and cast a rod in an adventure the whole family can enjoy.

The Green River Float-In Campsites contain 17 sites for river goers to camp along the mighty Green River. Some of these sites can be reached on foot but most of these sites can only be reached by boat.

Natural Features:

The campsites are nestled alongside the beautiful Green River in an area typical of a high desert environment. These sites are surrounded by shady juniper, cottonwood and ponderosa pine trees and during the summer various species of wildflowers dot the landscape.

Recreation:

Section "A" (Flaming Gorge Dam to Little Hole Boat Launch)
Section "A" of the Green River begins just below the Flaming Gorge Dam and proceeds seven miles through a narrow, breathtaking canyon to the Little Hole take-out. The towering red canyon cliffs, ponderosa pine, glassy clear water, abundant trout and rapids (class I and II) make section "A" of the Green River world famous. The Little Hole National Recreation Trail allows foot access to all seven miles of this stretch of river.

Section "B" (Little Hole to Browns Park)
It's a little more remote but that means there are fewer people, if that's the experience you're looking for. Limited access in this section allows for healthy brown trout populations to thrive.
There are 17 river camps in section "B" that can be accessed only by hiking or floating in. Remember to reserve your site on the camp registration board at Little Hole or reserve certain sites in advance here on Recreation.gov.

Section "C" (Browns Park to the Utah/Colorado Border)
Section "C" is the longest of the three sections. It meanders through the high desert valley of Browns Park to the Colorado state line, with wide open features and a lot of flat water. It's considered the best place to catch a football size trout on a dry fly, but it is also said to be the most challenging for fishing.

The Green River offers excellent fishing for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. For more information on fishing the Green River, please visit Utah's Department of Wildlife Resources website .

Facilities:

All of the river camps are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring with benches, tent pads and a blind for a portable toilet. No potable water is available.

Vault toilets can be found near Cottonwood Camp and Red Creek Camp.

Float-in distance from Boat Launch Areas to Campsite:
Web reservable sites are in red and bold

Campsite Name
(Sites in Red Can be Reserved)
Spillway Boat Launch Little Hole Boat Launch Accessible By Foot
Stonefly I & II 8.2 Miles 1 Mile Yes
Sand 8.3 Miles 1.1 Miles Yes
Bootleg 8.42 Miles 1.22 Miles Yes
Cats Paw 8.55 Miles 1.35 Miles Yes
Cottonwood 8.75 Miles 1.55 Miles Yes
Grasshopper I & II 9.35 Miles 2.15 Miles No
Jackson Creek 9.65 Miles 2.45 Miles No
Cicada 9.9 Miles 2.7 Miles No
Trails End 10 Miles 2.8 Miles Yes
Big Pine I & II 10.5 Miles 3.3 Miles No
Pugmire Pocket 10.75 Miles 3.55 Miles No
Red Creek I & II 11.6 Miles 4.4 Miles No
Treetop 12.2 Miles 5 Miles No

Nearby Attractions:

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs but also for its world-class fishing, boating, hiking, camping, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving. Click Here to learn more about the Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.

The Bureau of Reclamation offers guided tours of the Flaming Gorge Dam’s working hydroelectric plant and the dam itself; the adjacent visitor center contains area history exhibits.

In Browns Park, the Bureau of Land Management maintains the historic John Jarvie Ranch. Step back in time and explore the property where John ran a general store, trading post, post office and river ferry. Since Browns Park was a hiding place for outlaws, John became acquainted with many colorful members of Browns Park’s history including, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid of the Wild Bunch; outlaws Matt Warner and Isom Dart; and Queen of the Rustlers, Ann Bassett. Click Here for more information about the John Jarvie Ranch.

In the nearby town of Dutch John, there are several businesses that can provide services before and during your trip. These businesses include:

  • Flaming Gorge Recreation Services (435)885-3191 – Raft Rental, Guided Fishing, Shuttle Service, General Store, Lodging, Bait, Gas
  • Green River Outfitters (435)885-3338 - Raft Rental, Guided Fishing, Shuttle Service, General Store, Lodging, Bait, Gas
  • Flaming Gorge Resort (435)889-3773 - Raft Rental, Guided Fishing, Shuttle Service, General Store, Lodging, Bait, Gas


Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Prior to occupying your campsite, campers must check in with the booth attendant at the Little Hole Boat Launch Area or the Campers Registration Board (located at the host site) if the booth is closed. All site changes must be documented on the Camper Registration Board. If you find your reservation date/site is in error, please contact the site host or call (435) 781-5242 if a site host is not available.
  • This is a boat-in facility, accessible by water; special regulations apply.
  • An unofficial trail can be used to access select camps on foot.
  • No potable water is available at the campsites.
  • Requirements to launch: boater must carry a bail bucket, throw line, extra oar and must wear a life jacket while on the water.
  • The Forest Service requires the use of portable toilet systems for all campers.
  • This campsite is located in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and will require the purchase of a Recreational Use Pass
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.91111, -109.31528
40°54'40"N, 109°18'55"W

From Vernal, Utah: Take U.S. Highway 191 north for 45 miles. Cross the Flaming Gorge Dam and turn right on the road leading to upper launch site at Spillway Boat Ramp. To launch from Little Hole continue on Highway 191 to the town of Dutch John and turn right on Little Hole Road. Follow that road for about 6 miles until you arrive at the Little Hole Boat Launch Area.

From Rock Springs, Wyoming: Take U.S. Highway 191 south for 63 miles. Just before crossing the dam, turn left on the road to Spillway Boat Ramp, or at the town of Dutch John, turn left off Highway 191 and go east on Little Hole Road about 6 miles to Little Hole Boat Launch Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GREEN RIVER FLOAT-IN CAMPSITES
P.O. BOX 279
Manila  UT  84046

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)784-3445
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