Floating the Jordan River

Floating the Jordan River If you’re looking for fun near Salt Lake City you’ll find one of our treasures hidden right in the middle of the valley. Did you know you can Kayak down the Jordan RIver...

Floating the Jordan River

Floating the Jordan River

If you’re looking for fun near Salt Lake City you’ll find one of our treasures hidden right in the middle of the valley. Did you know you can Kayak down the Jordan RIver?

The Jordan River runs 51 miles between Utah Lake and the great salt lake. Don’t think you have to do the full distance if you’re looking for a fun afternoon on the river.

 

How to float the Jordan River

What do you need to float the Jordan River?

 1. Safety First! Wear an appropriate life jacket (PFD)

2. A Plan. Check the map and plan a route.

Here is the map that gives the locations of all launch ramps and hazards.

There are multiple hazards and loading ramps. Plan a route here that will fit an appropriate amount of time. It is a good strategy to leave a car at the end of the route so you don’t have to walk back!

Below you can see a picture of the interactive map linked above.

3. A flotation Device

The Jordan river is a calm river that is relatively shallow that can be navigated in most personal watercraft.  You can use a Kayak, small raft, intertube, or canoe.

Where to Rent Equipment?

Check these guys out for rentals

4. A Friend

Don’t go this alone! Be sure to bring a friend or 2 with you
You will need this friend for fun, but also to pick you up.

 

Authors Recommendation

My favorite short route for first-timers begins at the Jordan River rotary park. There is plenty of parking and a very accessible launch ramp. (The real step one is to drop a car off at the Shiends Lane Park)

I then stop at Shields Lane Park where I parked a second car.

This route is about 5 miles and should take about an hour to complete.

For additional information please see the Jordan River Commission 

 

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Kayaking the Jordan River
by u/RonSwansonsMustashe in Utah

 

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