Time to paddle Green River

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Next April a small group of Michigan paddlers plan on paddling the 120 mile section of the Green River to Spanish Bottom. I'm trying to estimate the time to paddle that section, knowing that it varies depending on water levels. We are experienced paddlers - I race both C-1 & C-2's, but we'll be paddling recreational canoes with camping gear. I generally figure about 20 miles per day for flatwater tripping without portages, based on 5 hours at 4 mph paddle speed.

Does 20 mile per day seem reasonable ?

thanks, Garth

-- Garth Greenan (Yazzur@hotmail.com), November 08, 2002


During our August trip on Green River under very low water conditions we made 35 miles per day (~5mph). It included some stops and short hiking. I am sure you would like to spend more time on non-paddling activities.

In springtime you should have much better flow and faster water, but at the same time high winds in canyons are more likely (especially in afternoons). Certainly, 20 miles per day are resonable.

-- Marek (uliasz@frii.com), November 10, 2002.

Thanks for your reply. The group wants to do some exploring on land as well as paddling, so we're keeping the miles down per day. It sounds like in April 2-4 mph current could be expect.


-- Garth Greenan (Yazzur@hotmail.com), November 12, 2002.

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