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Utah whitewater, Provo River

Wasatch Utah county, Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     17.5 miles
 
There are several diversion dams that are located along this stretch: the first coming near Bridal Veil falls, the second (Murdock) near the mouth of the canyon, third at the mouth of the canyon at the old hydroelectric plant. Fourth as the river crosses under 2230 north street, and the last at Columbia Lane.  These will all require a take out and hike around. Says Todd

This section of Provo River in Utah is 17.5 miles long and
    it is classified as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Utah and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Utah is often easier than
elsewhere, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake section is one of them. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. When you're paddling down a Wasatch Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Great exercise  
and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The put-in location is a short drive from Provo-Orem, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Pole Canyon is in close proximity to Provo River and is a magnificent place, and what would winter be without some skiing at Sundance.

Provo River, Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Provo River.
 Whitewater Near Provo River:
Whitewater Outfitter - High Country Rafting, Utah County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Provo River, Wasatch/ Utah County, 8 miles away
      Class I-IV - 17.5 miles long (Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake)
Big Cottonwood Creek, Morgan/ Salt Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8.5 miles long (Old Mill to 3900 South)
Jordan River, Utah/ Salt Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 51 miles long (Utah Lake to Rose Park)
Spanish Fork, Utah County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.3 miles long (Utah PandL Dam to Spanish Oaks)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western River Expeditions, Salt Lake County, 19 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Great Salt Lakes Tour, Salt Lake County, 19 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Dinosaur Expeditions, Summit County, 20 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Park City Rafting, Summit County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Cottonwood Creek, Salt Lake County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Creek Road to I-15)
 Ski Areas Near Provo River:
Sundance, Utah , 5 miles away, 2150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 41 runs
Snowbird, Utah , 14 miles away, 3240 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Alta, Utah , 14 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 12 lifts, 54 runs
Brighton, Utah , 15 miles away, 1745 foot drop, 6 lifts, 66 runs
Solitude, Utah , 16 miles away, 2047 foot drop, 8 lifts, 65 runs
Deer Valley, Utah , 19 miles away, 3000 foot drop, 22 lifts, 99 runs
Park City Mountain Resort, Utah , 20 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
The Canyons, Utah , 20 miles away, 3190 foot drop, 19 lifts, 167 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 50 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 55 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Provo River:
Deer Creek Island Resort, Heber City , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Provo River:
Residence Inn Provo, Provo , 4 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Provo River, Provo , 4 miles away
Super 8 Provo BYU Orem, Provo , 4 miles away
Days Inn Provo, Provo , 4 miles away
Courtyard Provo, Provo , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Provo River:
Nunns Park, Provo, 1 miles away
National Guard Dispersed, Provo, 2 miles away
Frazier RV Park, Provo, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Provo River:
Mount Timpanogos Trail, Utah , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Provo River:
Timpanogos Cave National Monument, American Fork - UT , 7 miles away
California National Historic Trail, CA , 30 miles away
Utah Lake State Park, Utah , 9 miles away
Deer Creek State Park, Utah , 12 miles away
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Utah , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Provo River:
Cascade Golf Center, Orem , 2 miles away
East Bay Golf Course, Provo , 6 miles away
Links At Sleepy Ridge, Orem , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Provo River
Tibble Fork Reservoir, Utah , 9 miles away
Utah Lake, Utah , 12 miles away
Upper Bells Canyon Reservoir, Salt Lake , 14 miles away

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