San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

San Rafael Rivers and Rafting Information

San Rafael River

San Rafael Swell River RaftingSan Rafael Swell River Rafting

The San Rafael River, a tributary of the Green River, runs in the middle of the San Rafael Swell, and has a length of about 90 miles.  The San Rafael River is one of the only rivers in the nation where the rivers beginning and the rivers end are in the same county. The San Rafael River is formed by the confluence of Cottonwood, Huntington, and Ferron Creeks in Emery County.  Rafting, and kayaking are its main attractions, and there are many hiking trails that run along the river bank.  A popular hike is along the bottom of the Wedge "Little Grand Canyon".  Along this hike you will see beautiful scenery, and you can brush with history by finding indian rock art.  Also for those who have experience traveling onrivers a popular put in for canoes, kayaks, and rafts is at Fullers Bottom.  After you are on the river you will find small rapids of I,II class. You can travel along the river for approx 20 miles, after which you will come to the swinging bridge, and you will want to take out your water crafts.  After the swinging bridge the San Rafael River gets very dangerous with III,IV, V class rapids and starts to run very fast.  Also watch out for quick sand all along the river.


Huntington Creek

San Rafael Swell Huntington CreekSan Rafael Swell Huntington Creek

Huntington Creek follows State Road 31 in Huntington Canyon from the Electric Lake Dam down to the confluence of the Cottonwood Creek, and Ferron Creek. From there the waters become the San Rafael River. Huntington Creek is along the way of a National Scenic Byway, and provides a beautiful scenic forest back drop. There are numerous pullouts for camping, fishing, and hiking.


Ferron Creek

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Ferron Creek originates from the Ferron Reservoir Dam outlet, travels along Ferron canyon, and empties into the Millsite Reservoir. Ferron Creek then continues from the Millsite Dam until it confluences with Huntington Creek, and Cottonwood Creek.  When these three creeks are combined they form the San Rafael River.  Some fishing, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing can be done on certain places of the creek.  Along the creek you will find ATV, hiking trails, and if you are lucky you can brush with history and find some indian writings.


Cottonwood Creek

San Rafael Swell Cottonwood CreekSan Rafael Swell Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood Creek originates from the Joe's Valley Reservoir Dam outlet, travels along Straight Canyon, and confluences with Ferron Creek, and Huntington Creek turning into the San Rafael River.  Some fishing, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing can be done on certain places of the creek.  Along the creek you will find ATV, hiking trails, and if you are lucky you can brush with history and find some indian writings.   Near the creek origination you will find world class bouldering (rock climbing) routes.


Muddy Creek

San Rafael Swell Muddy Creek

Muddy Creek is a stream that that is formed by the confluence of North Fork, and Beaver Creek Fork in Sanpete County.  It passes through a corner of Sevier County, and travels through the southern portion of Emery County with several smaller streams connecting with it.  Along the creek you will find ATV, hiking trails, and if you are lucky you can brush with history and find some indian writings. 


Green River

San Rafael Swell Green RiverSan Rafael Swell Green River

Green River is one of the major rivers in Utah, and chief tributary of the Colorado River.  The Green River watershed covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  The route through Emery County follows through many spectacular, and breath taking canyons found anywhere.  You can contact one of the outfitters to arrange a trip on the Green River.

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