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The Great Journey of the Sevier River

Each snowflake that falls this winter on the upper drainage of the Sevier River and its tributaries, also known as the headwaters, will translate into a drip, a trickle, a stream, a torrent, a river of life. The Sevier River starts its journey far to the south and flows north then west, draining 5500 square miles. It's the most used river basin in the United States with 99% of the water being utilized.

The river's name, depending on your source, possibly came from the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in the late 1700s. They named it two different names. One name is Rio Sobero, or "severe river", due to its turbulent spring runoff. The other name they gave is the Rio del La Buenaventura, which means "River of good journey". The Indians, according to the book Paiutes And Shoshones of The Southwest, named it the Seve-uu, meaning "mammoth head down drinking water". This was passed down through centuries orally and the book mentions Indian rock art near Sevier depicting a Wooley Mammoth.

No matter what the name of this river, it provides the lifeblood for all who live where it flows. The Sevier River meanders through peaceful pastoral valleys. It cascades through Circleville and Marysvale Canyons. It is diverted, channelized into canals and percolates down into aquifers. It resurfaces or is pumped out, it is caught by many dams along its 281-mile journey to the Sevier Dry Lake.

Besides irrigation, the Sevier River provides many recreational opportunities. German Brown and Rainbow trout abound along with some rather large carp. The fishing is usually excellent. Whether you fly-fish, bait fish, or spin, you will be able to spin some tall tales of fish encounters on this river. Marysvale Canyon provides six and one-half miles of class 1-3 whitewater attracting rafting and kayaking enthusiasts from all over the country. There are commercial whitewater outfitters for those who would like a rafting or kayaking adventure. Swimmers and tubers can be seen in the flat-water sections on many a hot summer day. Wildlife abounds along the Sevier River and it's tributaries. You might encounter deer, elk, mountain lion, bobcat, bear, badger, marmots, rabbit, coyote, mammoths(?), eagles, hawks and plenty of other bird life - too many to mention.

We are truly blessed to have this wonderful river in our backyard. We invite you to come, share, and enjoy and experience all this county has to offer.

Don Falkenborg
Always Rafting and Kayaking