Weber, Utah, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||18 fpm|
|WEBER RIVER AT ECHO, UT|
|usgs-10132000||200 - 3500 cfs||II(III)||00h59m||53 cfs (too low)|
The Henefer to Taggarts run begins at the western Henefer exit. This mellow class 2 to 3- section offers good eddylines and a couple of play features. High flows increase the speed of the water, but not the difficulty. At flows around 1000 it may not be possible to paddle under the Croyden bridge. The last rapid is Taggarts and can safely be run down the left side at all flows.
There are a couple putins along the dirt frontage road. Groups usually meet at the largest parking area, upstream of the others. Below the Henefer putins is the Henefer rock garden, with good eddy turns and rock slalom practice. Beginners without a solid brace or roll often swim in this section (II+); so a more forgiving first time run is to put in below the Croyden bridge. Flatwater canoes have been seen wrapped around rocks in the rock garden. The right side of Croyden bridge has a bit more clearance for limboing under. There is a nasty pipe blocking part of the center passage. Below the Croyden bridge is a popular tubing putin. After some flat water comes another rapid before going under the road and past Devils Slide. Then Croyden wave provides the best surfing on the run. A crane/rope swing may be set up on the left, on weekends.
Below there, are a couple more class II rapids that break up the flat water, then you navigate under the highway again, between concrete pillars (this is a likely place to get a ticket if you don't have a life vest on). Crossing under a railroad bridge, there is a nice stern squirt spot on the right. Then comes "Taggart Falls" the final crux, with a good line on the left, and some right lines depending on wood. There is a tough ferry move across the main current into a river left eddy at the main drop. Above 1200 cfs, Taggarts gets a sticky hole in the middle that most paddlers will want to stay out of.
Tubers (and everyone) should note that there is a law requiring life jackets to be worn (not just on your tube), and DNR officers and cops are often out writing tickets at the takeout and elsewhere on weekends.
In 2013, the takeout is increasingly crowded and chaotic on a summer weekend. There will be
hundreds of tubers on a typical Saturday. I had an inflatable kayak run over by a drunk driver
this summer. The inflatable was not on the pavement; it was on the gravel shoulder on the river
side. Use caution and put boats off of the shoulders if possible.
Put in: Fishing access at I-84 exit 112.
Take-out: Exit 108.
Taggarts Restaurant at the takeout has good burgers, and cold beer.
The Cow Wave in Henefer, Utah doesn't appear until the levels coming out of Echo reservoir reach 1000 CFS.
From Salt Lake City: Go East on I-80 to the I-84 intersection, then turn northwest (toward Ogden) following the river from the bottom of Echo Reservoir. When you come to exit 115, get off the highway and turn southwest toward Henefer. Take a right on the first frontage road, follow that a few hundred yards then take a left into town. Follow that just a few more yards to the first bridge you come. You will see a wave directly downstream from the bridge -- that's the Cow Wave.
From Ogden or rt 89, take I-84 East to the first Henefer exit, take a left (the first possible
putin is directly in front of you now) then turn right on the dirt frontage road, to go down to
the main parking area.