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Provo River, Utah
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The Provo River is better known for its blue ribbon rainbow and brown trout fishing than for paddling, but it is a premiere whitewater stream in the high Uinta Mountain area northeast of Provo and southeast of Salt Lake City where paddlers can find Class I to IV rapids on pristine waters not too far from civilization, yet a world apart. The river is characterized by reaches divided by major reservoirs, originating from Trail Lake and ending at Utah Lake, with three separate sections that offer excellent recreational opportunities. The Upper Provo starts below Trail Lake and ends at Jordanelle Reservoir. The Middle Provo flows between Jordanelle and Deer Creek Reservoirs. The Lower Provo begins below Deer Creek Reservoir and terminates at Utah Lake on the outskirts of Provo. The Upper Provo is bounded by private land, and is more a fishing stream than a boating run, but the Middle and Lower Provo are excellent whitewater runs near Utah's two major population centers. Fishing guide outfitters offer access to the Upper Provo for their clients, but paddlers can usually find access to the Middle and Lower Provo reaches from public lands around the lakes.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the Provo River and its tributaries where you want to paddle.

[ Jordanelle Reservoir to Deer Creek Reservoir ] [ Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake ]

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