Expect to Get Wet!

The Sevier River, or as the Paiute Indians called it, the Seve'uu, starts its journey northward from two distinct head waters. Mammoth Creek some 80 miles to the south near Cedar Breaks National Monument, and empties into the south fork of the Sevier, which originates south of Bryce Canyon National Park. The other main head water, or East Fork of the Sevier, originates in the Fishlake National Forest north of Otter Creek State Park. As the river flows north it is impeded by Paiute Reservoir. From Paiute Reservoir the water is dam released mainly for irrigation purposes. Because it is dam controlled, we are assured of a consistent long season for rafting and kayaking.

The Big Bend Run starts out slow meandering through the upper reaches of Marysvale Canyon, also known as the Sevier River Canyon. As the canyon narrows and the river starts a drop of 60 feet per mile, sounds of rapids punctuate the air. Is it a waterfall or just the first rapid?

The canyon walls rise up almost 500 feet above the rivers course displaying the evidence of a hydrogeological sorting, uplifts, and severe volcanism. You might encounter bald and golden eagles, red tailed hawks, deer, beaver, muskrat, cougar, and many other species in the area including black bear.

There are many recreational opportunities including but not limited to; fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding on the new Rails to Trails next to the river and other spectacular high mountain venues , motorcycle and ATV riding on hundreds of miles of trail. There are mountain streams, and lakes, and meadows, and plenty of camping.

We look forward to helping you enjoy your experience in our backyard. Debra and I invite you to share in our 21st season on the Sevier.

Expect to Get Wet on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

I know that getting wet on a whitewater rafting trip sounds like it’s a no-brainer and should go without saying. Still, there are a few people out there who think they are merely taking a ride “on” the river, it's much more than that. Count on getting wet. This means that you should dress for the occasion and only bring things that can, in fact, get wet.

Getting wet while whitewater rafting is a welcome reprieve from the heat on a hot summer day. It also adds to the thrill and excitement of the whole experience even in cold weather and water. Furthermore, our raft guides will usually let you jump in and swim at some point during the trip so you’ll want to be ready for that. Of course, there is always the chance of getting thrown out of the raft as you barrel down the river and as such it is imperative a person know how to swim. So the bottom line is to count on getting wet. Remember, if you don’t get wet while whitewater rafting then you’re probably doing something wrong.

Will I get cold on a Whitewater Rafting Trip? 

It may very well be that a bathing suit is fine in the summer but it’s best to ask us what type of attire is best to wear for the particular time of year and river you will be rafting. On a side note, since we are discussing paddling clothing, you should always have on protective footwear which have a closed toe and fit securely on the foot.

Expect Not to Be Able to Bring Anything on the Raft

Rafts generally have very limited space for anything other than people. Rafts will usually carry a first aid kit. Believe it or not that’s probably all the raft will hold. What room there is on the floor won’t hold much of anything for long since you will be going through waves, surfing the holes, and with the possibility of flipping the raft. We have never flipped a raft.

Remember also that anything you bring on the raft will get wet and is easily damaged. All of this is to say, don’t count on bringing anything on the raft with you. Of course, there can be ways around this by carrying small items in your lifejacket, paddling jacket or windbreaker, and any tight fitting pack you can wear on your waist.

Expect to Receive Whitewater Rafting Training on the Trip

It is quite common to wonder if you will receive training on your rafting trip. The answer is yes you will. It is in our best interest for you to enjoy your time with us. It is also in our best interest that everything from the unloading of the raft to paddling down the river is as safe as it can be. Both mean that you must be trained and it is up to us to do so.

The training will consist of a talk and demonstration at the beginning of the day. Then at the river we will go through how to carry the raft on land as well as the signals your raft guide will use while on the water. Once on the water you will practice basic strokes with the paddle as you follow the guides commands.

Above all else, expect to Have Fun on a whitewater river rafting trip!


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