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 Google Earth KMZ file.Click Here for Topographic Map.          The Provo River Float is approximately 4 1/2 miles long and will take approximately 2 hours from put in to take out. Late spring, summer and fall are the ideal times for this adventure. This activity is suitable for the entire family, excluding young children.

          Utah law requires that every person on the Provo River wear a Life jackets. The river is heavily patrolled and tickets are issues for anyone caught not wearing a life jacket. The tickets are not cheap, you have been warned. Commonsense dictates that you do not bring glass or glass bottles on the river, but I have to mention this fact because commonsense isn't nearly as common as you would think it is.

          Hot summer days are the prime time for this adventure. Wetsuits are not normally 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, kayaks, 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. Everything not tied to you or your tube will get lost, don't say I didn't warn you.

          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.

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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.

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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 22' 33", W111 33' 18"), 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 as your tube will get washed into one of the trestle pylons.

          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

Professional Outfitter:
          If you want to make this adventure really easy consider using one of the major commercial outfitters. For a very reasonable fee they will provide every member of your group with a tube, life jacket and shuttle service. This really makes floating the river a simple and stress free adventure.

          I have used High Country Adventure numerous times and found them to be extremely professional and well organized. Their equipment is always first rate and well maintained. Their office is located 100-yards east (upstream) of the bridge leading into Vivian Park. Reservations are recommended. The major downside to HCA is they are closed on Sunday.

          I have also used Provo Canyon Outfitters on numerous occasions to float the river. Their office is 1/4 mile west (downstream) of the bridge leading into Vivian Park. The advantage of PCO is they are open on Sundays, the float is 1/4 mile longer and they have a really fun rope swing on their property. The downside is they don't take on-line reservations and some of their equipment, specifically their tubes, could use a little better maintenance.

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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