The 16 mile stretch of the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam offers a glimpse of what Glen Canyon and the Colorado River looked like prior to the construction of the dam and Lake Powell. This is the last free flowing remnant of this great canyon that once stretched for a couple hundred miles and crossed two states. Today, this river is “controlled” by Glen Canyon Dam which powers the west with electricity and provides water to millions of households.
People travel to the stretch of river for the great rainbow trout fishing as well as the scenic beauty. A fraction of the visitors who view the canyon (Horseshoe Bend) get to experience the true splendor that this canyon has to offer…the unparalleled view from the river.
Boating this stretch of river in kayaks and canoes has exploded in popularity the last few years. This float can be an experience of a lifetime, but is not without danger when unprepared.
This stretch of river has CONSIDERABLE MOTORIZED BOAT TRAFFIC…it is after all, a NAVAGABLE RIVER. This requires everyone who is floating the river in a low-profile boat (kayak, canoe or raft) to be aware of special safety concerns. Always know that a boat headed your way might not see you. There can be a lot of glare on the water and reflections from the canyon which make small boats blend into the background. Here are some simple steps to help keep you safe while floating this stretch of river.