Timpoweap Canyon


Timpoweap Cayon is a narrow, steep limestone canyon choked with boulders, chutes and sieves. This is a serious run for expert kayakers only. There is a road for scouting on right bank for most sections, trail on left bank for the canyon. Some sections can be scouted from roads that access the canyon from the north rim. Beware of very high water in Timpoweap! Not only do the rapids become quite serious, the dam keepers sometimes do open the flood gates on the Quail Creek diversion dam, creating an unportagable, eddyless mud lined gorge just above the dam. Boaters running the river from above would have no choice but to run the dam if the gates were open, which would most likely result in serious bodily injury or death.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Virgin River are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 1,400cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09408135, the Virgin River Ab Quail Creek Near Hurricane Remember only watercraft are permitted at Timpoweap Canyon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Virgin River Falls
Class V

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
East Fork Virgin River Near Glendale
USGS 09404450
17 cfs 10.3 ft
Virgin River Near Bloomington
USGS 09413200
66 cfs 6.7 ft
Virgin R Abv The Narrows Nr Littlefield
USGS 09413700
72 cfs 16.8 ft
Virgin River Near St. George
USGS 09413500
68 cfs 7.7 ft
Santa Clara River At St. George
USGS 09413000
7 cfs 7.9 ft
Leeds Creek Near Leeds
USGS 09408000
3 cfs 2.6 ft
Santa Clara River Near Pine Valley
USGS 09408400
6 cfs 1.2 ft
Virgin River Near Hurricane
USGS 09408150
48 cfs 7.1 ft
Santa Clara River Abv Baker Res Nr Central
USGS 09409100
10 cfs 10.9 ft
East Fork Virgin River Near Springdale
USGS 09404900
53 cfs 5.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Long Flat
SNOTEL 592
19" 0"
Webster Flat
SNOTEL 853
28" 0"
Yankee Reservoir
SNOTEL 1197
16" -1"
Brian Head
SNOTEL 1154
34" -1"
Kolob
SNOTEL 561
41" 0"
Suu Ranch
SNOTEL 1248
24" 0"
Gardner Peak
SNOTEL 1066
25" 0"
Harris Flat
SNOTEL 514
25" 0"
Midway Valley
SNOTEL 626
41" -1"
Panguitch Lake Rs
SNOTEL 1148
15" 0"
Castle Valley
SNOTEL 390
23" -1"