Provo River Float

Provo River Float

Provo Canyon
Tubing & Rafting

           There are few ways better to spend a hot summer day than floating the Provo River on a tube. This adventure is perfect for friends, couples, seniors and families with older children.

General Information:
Click Here for Map          The Provo River Float is approximately 4 1/2 miles long and will take approximately 2 hours from put in to take out. Life jackets are mandatory for anyone floating the Provo River. Spring, summer and fall are the ideal times for this adventure. This activity is suitable for the entire family, excluding young children.

          Hot summer days are the prime time for this adventure. Wetsuits are not used during periods of hot weather, but are nice to have on early spring or late fall days when the temperatures begin to drop. Tubes, rafts, canoes and just about anything that floats is suitable for this trip. I always use a large inner tube. Sometimes we load up a tube just for the cooler, but the trip is so short it's not really necessary.

          A GPS is not required for this adventure but I have provided the waypoints for the tech junkies. The USGS 7.5' Maps titled "Bridal Veil Falls" and "Aspen Grove" show the area described. Navigation for this route is easy. All waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum.

Professional Outfitter:
          If you want to make this adventure really easy use High Country Adventure for all your floating needs. Their office is located 100-yards north of the bridge leading into Vivian Park. For a very reasonable fee they will provide every member of your group with a tube, life jacket and shuttle service. I have used High Country Adventure before and found them to be very professional and friendly. Reservations are recommended.

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Trailhead Information:
          The trailheads are accessible to all vehicles in all weather conditions.
From 1-15 in Orem Utah take Exit 272 (800 North) and head east. Follow 800 North east for 4.9 miles to a Y-Junction. Take the north (left) fork onto US 189 (Provo Canyon Road). Follow US 189 east into Provo Canyon for 5.8 miles to the signed Vivian Park exit located on the south (right) side of the highway. Pull into Vivian park and find a parking spot. This is the lower trailhead and is where you will finish your float.

          From Vivian Park Continue east up Provo Canyon on US 189 for 4.0 miles to the signed Lower Deer Creek Road/Provo River on south (right) side of the highway. Turn right onto Lower Deer Creek Road and go 50-yards, turn left and go 100-yards, turn right and go 0.3 miles, turn right and go 100-yards to where a bridge crosses the Provo River. Do not cross the bridge. The parking area on the west (right) side of the bridge is the upper trailhead and where you will start your float.

Provo River Float

Route Information:
            From the Upper Provo River Trailhead (N40 24' 05", W111 31' 52") it's really easy. Just put your tube in the water, jump on and enjoy the ride. About 2 1/2 miles into the float you will reach the Wildwood Train Trestle (N40 24' 05", W111 31' 52"), where the train tracks cross the Provo River. Exit the river to the north (right) and portage (carry) your tube to the downstream side of the trestle and re-enter the river. You can float under the trestle but most exit the river and portage as a safety precaution.

          From the Wildwood Train Trestle it's 2 miles downstream to where you exit at Vivian Park (N40 21' 22", W111 34' 25"). You can easily exit the river to the right or left before you go under the bridge that leads to Vivian Park.

Provo River Float

Provo River History:
          The Provo River was originally named the Timpanogotzis (or Tumpanowach) after the American Indian tribe living on its banks. Early settlers changed the name to Provo, after trapper Etienne Provost, for whom the city of Provo, Utah is also named. The old name for the river was instead given to the mountain to the north, which later became known as Mount Timpanogos.

Video:
          Enjoy a short video of what you can expect while floating the Provo River.

 

 


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