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Utah whitewater, Muddy Creek

Emery Wayne county, I-70 to Hanksville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     72 miles
  The I-70 to Hanksville stretch of Muddy Creek is 72 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Price, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of
    the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A stretch this long is of course
too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. The natural beauty of Emery / Wayne County and the cool fresh water beats anything. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. The I-70 to Hanksville section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There's camping available near Muddy Creek. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking  
or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't find many other paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Chimney Canyon is a nice place to spend some time at. Around Muddy Creek you donít get a lot of rain. The month of August is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is April. All through the long summer days here at Muddy Creek, high temperatures frequently get into the 80's. Through the moonlight hours it's generally in the 50's. During the winter the highs are frequently in the 30's, and throughout the dark hours in the winter at Muddy Creek temperatures sink to the 10's.

Muddy Creek, I-70 to Hanksville road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Muddy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Muddy Creek:
Muddy Creek, Emery / Wayne County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 72 miles long (I-70 to Hanksville)
San Rafael River, Emery County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Fuller Bottom to San Rafael Campground)
 Hotels Near Muddy Creek:
Rodeway Inn Capitol Reef, Farmington , 16 miles away
Affordable Inn Of Capitol Reef, Torrey , 34 miles away
Days Inn Torrey Capital Reef, Torrey , 36 miles away
The Snuggle Inn, Loa , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Muddy Creek:
Lucky Strike Mine Dispersed, Ferron, 7 miles away
Wild Horse Dispersed, Hanksville, 10 miles away
Chute Canyon Trailhead Dispersed, Hanksville, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Muddy Creek:
Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey - UT , 33 miles away
Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell - UT , 53 miles away
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah , 17 miles away
Millsite State Park, Utah , 31 miles away
Huntington State Park, Utah , 40 miles away

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