Green River City Officials Encourage Safety When Floating River

Green River City Officials Encourage Safety When Floating River

Despite low flows on the Green River this spring, city officials are asking recreationalists to use caution when floating the river this summer.

GREEN RIVER — Green River city officials are encouraging residents to use caution when floating the river this summer even with historic low flow levels.

The City is asking people to particularly exercise caution near the diversion dam upstream from city limits. This diversion dam is next to the old Gorge Rock location.

City Communications Administrator Steve Core says every year the Green River Fire Department responds to someone getting caught up in the river just below the dam. The force of the water going over the dam causes an undertow which can trap a person under the water.

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The City has placed several warning signs prior to the dam encouraging people to exit the river and walk around the diversion dam.

The force of the water can still cause an undertow despite the low water levels. Currently, flows on the Green River through the City is running at 575 cubic feet per second. That flow rate is below the overall average on June 1 of 3,480cfs. The current water temperature is 68 degrees.