California is normally the America's capital of whitewater rafting, with massive Sierra snowfalls feeding dozens of cascading, granite-lined mountain rivers. Unfortunately the Golden State has been wrung out by one of the worst droughts on record. For rafters, kayakers, and stand-up paddlers that means it's time to look elsewhere. Luckily, America is teeming with waters ripe for everything from lazy paddles to aggressive runs.
Here are six non-Californian streams that will be flush with whitewater this spring and summer.
Green River, Utah
Desolation Canyon is rugged and remote, but a great place for a six-day family raft trip. The 84-mile long stretch of the Green River contains dozens of mild, Class II and III rapids – perfect for those looking to lounge on a raft or splash around in inflatable kayaks. The desert canyon hides a host of Native American and Outlaw historical sites to explore on foot, and this year’s high water (the basin contains 25 percent more snowpack than an average year) will allow for shorter floats on the river, meaning more time for hikes from camp.
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